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Somebody Please Tell Berwyn ...

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 8/16/07 (4:42pm)
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"Berwyn: At the center of life in Chicago" -- that's what the billboard says. The truth is, they're not at the "center" of life in Chicago. You'd have to dig the whole place up and move it 10 miles to the east -- and even then people might have doubts. More on this desperate campaign here...

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Fitzgerald Gets Scooter in Millennium Park

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 7/20/07 (12:42am)
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U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (seated), fresh from the Conrad Black conviction, receives a scooter from Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!". The program was taped at Chicago's Millennium Park on Thursday, 7/19, and Mr. Fitzgerald was one of the guests.

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TECH cocktail 5 (Chicago)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/12/07 (9:39pm)

Chicago Geekdom on parade at the Tech Cocktail gathering on Thursday, July 12 at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville. At least 500 people in the business showed up. Here I am with part of the SingleHop team -- one of the primary sponsors of this great Event.

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July 4th BBQ

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 7/4/07 (1:21pm)

Living the High Life at the Lake in Lincoln Park -- with relatives and old friends from both coasts in for the occasion. A perfect day.

iPhone Frenzy Hits North Side of Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 6/29/07 (4:03pm)
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I was studiously trying to avoid any mention of the iPhone today. I'm at home putting the finishing touches on a site for work. Anyway, I ducked out for a chicken and baguette and what do I see? A line around the local AT&T/Cingular store with people waiting for the new contraption!

This is the North Side of Chicago. We're not even close to Downtown. Still there was a line starting at the front of the store and going around the corner into the alley (bottom photo). The guy at the head of the line said the phones were expected by 6pm.

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Berlin 1987: Summer of Hönkel

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 6/3/07 (1:38pm)

With all the talk of anniversaries, I thought I'd mention the "Summer of Hönkel" which happened in West Berlin twenty years ago.

It was a hectic period of cultural ferment and turmoil. "Hönkel" -- which I think was a beer -- was supposed to represent this vast chaotic mix.

I was reminded of it most recently by this picture in Flickr. The picture is of a supermarket that went up in flames in the course of a riot on May 1 1987. My house was across the street from the supermarket.

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Diversey Harbor

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 5/28/07 (1:39am)
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I had lunch at my house with a couple of old friends. Afterwards we went out to Diversey Harbor. It truly was a beautify spring day.

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The Pots of Leo Klein

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 5/6/07 (3:41pm)

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The Pots of Leo Klein: I knew there was a reason why I started this site: it's to show off my collection of All-Clad LTD pots!

Springtime in Chicago

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 4/21/07 (6:12pm)

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Belmont Harbor Looking South: Belmont Harbor looking south with the skyscrapers of downtown in the distance.

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