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Go Cubs!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/9/07 (2:24pm)

Once a Cub's fan, always a Cub's fan. It's a fact of life on the North Side of Chicago.

(Today's Opening Day at Wrigley Field.)

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Gored For Women Dot Org?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 3/12/07 (3:42am)

Gored For Women Dot Com?: Seen on Oak St. in Chicago.

Probably not the intended message but we put spaces in between words for a reason. 'CamelCase' might have helped.

In any case, as seen on the Marquee of the now closed Esquire Theater on Oak St. in Chicago.

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Props to the Chicago Public Schools

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 3/8/07 (7:53pm)

From the Chicago Tribune:

After-school tutoring, better-trained teachers and new classroom assessments in Chicago public schools helped drive an "extraordinary" increase in state scores that improved the fortunes of nearly every city elementary school last year, district officials said.

This is just one year's results and from year to year there are enough changes in the way the test is given to make drawing longer-term conclusions problematic. That said, anyone familiar with our school system knows how hard everyone works -- particularly the teachers!

These results are a great credit to their efforts.

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Snowy Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/13/07 (4:14pm)

Snowy Chicago - UIC (2/13/2007): Snowy Chicago.  UIC looking west at around 4:30pm.  Classes for the afternoon were canceled.
Snowy Chicago - UIC (2/13/2007): Snowy Chicago. UIC looking west at around 4:30pm. Classes for the afternoon were canceled.

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CTA EL Train Crash : Feb. 4, 1977

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 2/4/07 (2:55am)

Thirty years ago, I had a part-time job at Carson, Pirie, Scott in Chicago. It was a Friday night and I had just gotten off of work, walking down Michigan Avenue to catch the 151 Bus.

When I got to the corner of Lake & Michigan, I looked west and saw the most incredible thing: a CTA EL train dangling from the overhead tracks all the way to the ground. There were police cars, fire trucks and ambulances all over the place. Huge spotlights shone on the train.

It was an incredible sight -- something you'd see in a Hollywood disaster movie or a child's train set. But it was all too real. One of the great people working at Carson, Pirie Scott was in that train and while she survived, she was unable to ever come back to work.

I was reminded of that scene by a report on WBBM Radio. They have a article about it on their site. Chicago-l.org also had an informative page on the accident.

It's something I'll never forget.

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Go Bears! (CTA Edition)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 2/2/07 (10:22am)

Go Bears!

The Chicago Transit Authority makes clear its preferences.

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Mayor Daley at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/29/07 (9:10pm)

Mayor Daley at UIC

Chicago's Mayor Daley came to speak at UIC today. While some of his talk seemed to ramble on and was, to be honest, less than inspiring, it was clear that Education is a big deal for him. He literally said it came after God and Family.

A funny moment came (at least for me) when he was talking about how even prison immates needed vocational training and then as an aside, said something along the lines of:

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TECH cocktail 3 (Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 1/26/07 (9:59am)

TECH cocktail 3 (Chicago)

I had a great time at TECH cocktail 3 last night. It was held at Amira in the NBC Building and the place was so packed at times that you could hardly squeeze in.

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Chicago Mapped Out in Flickr Tags

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 1/21/07 (1:30am)

This is neat: Chicago mapped out in Flickr tags courtesy of the ZoneTag Project (Yahoo! Research).

Zoom in and move around and you'll see different tags show up. Click on the link, 'View on World Explorer', for a larger map and a photo browser. (h/t O'Reilly Radar)

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