November 24, 2011 |
Chicagoans are really good at complaining about three things: the weather, sports and parking. Currently, I have no gripes about the first two, but the third, that one is a doozy. To make up for the rats in my kitchen and the crime rate, my new neighborhood has the luxury of free street parking - that is, if you can find a spot. By the time my lease expires, I'm sure I will have spent several days worth of my life driving around Rogers Park in search of parking. There are a few secrets (the lot at the end of my street that is free overnight)
May 17, 2012 |
The NATO summit is almost upon us. And while leaders from all over the world will huddle in McCormick Place, solving the world's problems, I am most excited about something that will be happening outside the convention center: On Sunday, first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to lead spouses of NATO dignitaries on a tour of the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side. I was, frankly, surprised - yet pleased - to hear Obama is planning to show off my side of Chicago. The only problem: They're visiting only one place, when there's so much more the South Side can offer.
July 2, 2013 |
Lock on, Chicago. If you're biking the city this summer, you'll need to invest in a good lock (or four, depending on how paranoid you are). Otherwise, you're vulnerable to bike theft. Bike theft is common in major cities, and all the more common in the summer months, when more riders are on the roads and the crime rate rises. The Chicago Police Department doesn't track bike thefts separately from other theft reports, making it difficult to say how frequently thefts occur and where they're most likely to happen.
October 3, 2013 |
Forthe firearms behind some of Chicago's most violent crimes, death row is a West Side warehouse that smells of weed and gunmetal. About 80,000 of the illegal weapons that the Chicago Police Department has seized sit there packed into row after row of shelves, meticulously labeled and guarded by officers who wait for the green light to destroy them.¿ The guns, almost all of which were seized by the department during criminal arrests, range from...