Category Archives: Appreciation

Air Obama

A Chicago start-up has launched a “site that leverages the Internet to allow users to network and band together to realize savings for cool things to do or buy in and around Chicago” called, which is all fine and good, but what really caught my eye is this T-shirt the site will be featuring on Thursday.


Classified Obama

On Saturday the Tribune took a half-page in its sports section and gathered together a bunch of classified ads folks had bought congratulating Barack Obama. Here are the highlights:

Congratulations Mr. President! “You Barack Our World!!” From your amigos in “Tinley Pork”


BARACK THE NATION. From Trendz Beauty Salon Thursday Night Crew, Jacksonville, Florida


Congratulations from Allen County, Ohio!!!

Continue reading

Happy Voting

“On Election Day . . . some Ukrainian Village residents will arrive at one the neighborhood’s corner taverns, ID in hand, not to celebrate the victory of their favored candidate or mourn an electoral defeat over a beer. They’ll trek over to Happy Village to cast a ballot in this year’s election,” the Chicago Journal reports. “The tavern at 1059 N. Wolcott is the polling place for voters living in 1st Ward’s fourth precinct. This is a tradition that’s been going on for the past 30 years in the family-run business.”

U Lucky Dawg – formerly Fluky’s – is another classic Chicago polling place, the Journal notes.

So Chicago.


I voted on the basketball court of the Wicker Park Fieldhouse this morning. Please feel free to send me your polling places along with any amusing or insightful anecdotes or leave them in the comments section. I’ll be here until midnight, folks.


The Polling Place Photo Project.

Studs’ Place

This blog, as explained in our About, takes its name from Studs Terkel’s Division Street: America.

“Division Street is both an homage to the Studs Terkel book about the divisions in American politics as well as a metaphoric nod to the real street in Chicago that stretches from the infamous Rush Street entertainment district through the gentrifying arts district of Wicker Park and largely Hispanic and African American neighborhoods on the West Side to the suburbs. In this way, Division Street encapsulates the dynamism and divisions of the city, and we hope this blog does that too.”

I have occasionally posted “Division Dispatches” here that illustrate the divisions and dynamisms of the real Division Street as a way to hopefully illuminate the nation’s Division Street, as envisioned by Studs.

And it is to Division Street: America that I turn first in a brief round-up of Studs encomiums from the weekend.


“On undertaking this assignment, I immediately called Dr. Philip Hauser, former chairman of the University of Chicago’s Sociology Department, one of the country’s best informed demographers,” Studs wrote – in 1967 – in the book’s Prefatory Notes. “Is there a street in Chicago today where all manner of ethnic, racial, and income groups live? His reply – though a blow – was not unexpected. There is none. As late as twenty-five years ago, Halsted Street may have encompassed all these peoples. There is a quarter-mile radius on the Near North Side of the city that might fit these specifications; upper-middle-income high-rise complexes have sprung up with startling suddenness in the rooming-house heartland. They are adjacent to one another, at this moment. Still the area I was seeking was a matter of conjecture, even here. The nomadic, transient nature of contemporary life has made diffusion the order – or disorder – of the city. The bulldozer and the wrecking ball have played their roles.”


“Although detractors derided him as a sentimentalist populist whose views were simplistic and occasionally maudlin, Mr. Terkel was widely credited with transforming oral history into a popular literary form,” the New York Times wrote in its obituary. “Division Street consisted of transcripts of 70 conversations Mr. Terkel had with people of every sort in and around Chicago. Peter Lyon, reviewing it in The New York Times Book Review, said it was ‘a modern morality play, a drama with as many conflicts as life itself’.”

Continue reading

End of the Pipe

This sounds pretty cool.

Millions of gallons of fresh water are flowing under Chicago right now. As our region grows, more and more people want to divert some their way.

On Tuesday, August 5 at 9 a.m, Chicago Public Radio’s (WBEZ 91.5 FM) Eight Forty-Eight morning newsmagazine will premiere a documentary that explores the city’s water supply.

In The End of the Pipe, independent producers Laura Starecheski and Gregory Warner take listeners on a near-epic journey of our water as it moves from Lake Michigan, into the city and beyond to the suburbs. Along the way, we’ll meet some of the people who pump, pipe, and control the future of our water. Part history lesson, part cautionary tale, The End of the Pipe brings us the remarkable history and uncertain future of greater Chicago’s water supply.

We encourage listeners to call in live with your comments about how we’re managing our region’s water supply. The call-in number is 312-832-3124.

What we’re expecting them to find:
A) Missing mobsters
B) Many sets of car keys
C) Whoever hired Angelo Torres
D) A lot of smack flushed in a hurry


That’s how many Illinoisans were right when they cast their vote for governor in 2006.

The Greens will do themselves no favors, though, if they nominate Cynthia McKinney for president, as expected.

Mike Gravel, by the way, is with Jesse.


The whole world isn’t likely to be watching, but the Green Party is bringing its national convention to Chicago this weekend for four days, beginning Thursday.

And with the whole world seemingly gone green, who can deny they were ahead of their time? Maybe we ought to pay attention.

* The candidates.

* Party Platform.

* Ten Key Values.