A blog by Bonnie McGrath. Got feedback? E-mail [email protected].

My first PianoForte concert

free and in the neighborhood and open to all


I'd always kind of heard of the free first Friday PianoForte concert in the neighborhood, but never tried one. Until today. And I liked it. Read More...

A South Looper hits the books and gets a poem written about her

A poem is read about Marilyn Scott at Newberry


South Looper and extraordinary volunteer Marilyn Scott was honored at Newberry Library last night with a very interesting poem Read More...

Under the apple tree

anywhere else but here


Yes, there's a full blown full grown apple tree at Roosevelt and State and it's hard to believe (especially since it's in my backyard) Read More...

Ground breaking

Mariano's kicks up the dust


It's been a long time coming, but Mariano's is definitely on its way up in the South Loop; I saw it with my own eyes Read More...

The teachers strike Part 4

more love on my corner


It warms my heart that my regard for Chicago teachers--especially the ones on my corner--didn't go unnoticed one iota Read More...

The car at the corner

a car sitting steady in front of the now closed Alain's


The new South Loop restaurant Alain's is being evicted from its pretty space at 14th and Michigan; and a car is sitting watch. Why? Read More...

Last Day

National Veterans Art Museum says goodbye to the South Loop


It's been a long time coming, and it finally happened. The National Veterans Art Museum said an official toodle-loo to its long-time home in the South Loop Read More...

Renee Fleming visits the South Loop

and my girlfriends were quite impressed


What a day it is in the South Loop when Renee Fleming breezes in for a visit. To hear some great music in our very own neighborhood Read More...

Curfew in the South Loop

it's disconcerting to be chased away at the stroke of 11 PM


I had no idea until recently that the good times end on our South Loop streets at 11 PM sharp. Midnight on weekends. Read More...

The teachers strike Part 3

a love story


The strike that took place in part in front of my house last week turned into a love fest Read More...