Category Archives: Chicago

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(Harbert, Michigan) I practiced safe distancing Sunday by driving alone to the Monastery of the Holy Cross at 31st and Aberdeen in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood.  And, yes, we all wore masks at the monastery and sat at least six feet … Continue reading

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THE CALL OF THE KUCKUCKUHREN

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A WALK IN THE WINDY CITY

A Free and Easy Walking Tour of the Windy City Aunt Edna and Uncle Ralph are coming to town, and they would just love you, and I mean you, to take them on a walking tour of the Windy City, … Continue reading

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FISHER BUILDING, CHICAGO

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PEN PALS

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SANCTUARY IN THE CITY

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REFLECTION OF BEVERLY

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POSTCARDS FROM CHICAGO

Here are some photographs from two recent visits to Chicago:

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LOOPING THE LOOP

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TRAINING DAY

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FALLEN FLAGS

In railroading circles, railroads that no longer exist are referred to as Fallen Flags. Such were my thoughts Thursday upon beholding the magnificent tree displayed at Chicago Union Station.  We had fun picking out all the Fallen Flags we had … Continue reading

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BRIDGE WORK

(Chicago, Illinois) We took the train to Chicago yesterday to trip the lights fantastic, and, in the process of our procession, we proceeded along the South Branch of the Chicago River and thus got to see some superb spans.  To … Continue reading

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ABROAD IN BRIDGEPORT

The storied Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago is my home-away-from-home because there resides my Benedictine home, the Monastery of the Holy Cross.  As a Benedictine Oblate, I make a point of visiting the monastery at least once a month.  And it … Continue reading

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MOTOR DRIVE

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THE SCENIC ROUTE TO CHICAGO

Joe Rochetto and I motored to Chicago Saturday to attend Solemn Vespers at the Monastery of the Holy Cross in his native Bridgeport neighborhood, and Joe, who was at the wheel, asked: “Should we take the scenic route?”  To which … Continue reading

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THE ROOKERY

(Chicago, Illinois) When I conduct one of my informal architectural tours of this toddlin’ town, I always include the Rookery on LaSalle Street at Adams.  Why? Because the Rookery was designed by Burnham and Root and originally completed in 1888.  … Continue reading

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POSTGAME POSTCARD

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WHY A DUCK?

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OFF AT VAN BUREN

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GRAND BANKING HALL

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ON TOP OF CHICAGO

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ALL-STAR BREAK

   

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CHANGE OF COURSE IN CHICAGO

Joe Rochetto and I set out for Chicago recently, intent on attending Solemn Vespers at the Monastery of the Holy Cross at 5:15 p.m. CDT.  We agreed to take U.S. 12 all the way, but then we had to stop … Continue reading

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OH! MY PA-PA

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31st STREET

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TRAINING DAY

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TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY

The Skyway Is My Flyway by Charles McKelvy The Chicago Skyway—outrageously expensive as it is—is my guilty pleasure. And I indulged that costly vice recently when I journeyed to the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. My … Continue reading

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TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY

A Sunday Sojourn in the City The assignment, which I gladly accepted, was to drive from 31st and Halsted in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, to Milwaukee and Montrose in the city’s Portage Park neighborhood, on a Sunday afternoon. I was in … Continue reading

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THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

The Chicago Skyway, outrageously expensive as it is, is my guilty pleasure.  Such was the case Saturday when I journeyed to the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood for a Day of Recollection.  I avoided the Skyway … Continue reading

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SOUTH SHORE CULTURAL CENTER

(Chicago, Illinois) I occasionally visit the South Shore Cultural Center at 7059 East South Shore Drive, in my natal neighborhood of South Shore.  Usually, I will make a quick stop to use the facilities and to marvel at the restored … Continue reading

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