A blog by Bill Motchan. Got feedback? E-mail [email protected].

Lights, camera, action!

West Loopywood


"Chicago Fire" films an episode across the courtyard. Read More...

Pedal power

The mobile bike mechanic


Adam Clark offers a much-needed service with his eco-friendly shop. Read More...

Picnic in the park

Mary Bartelme Park hosts family fun event


There's fun for the entire family in store on Sunday at the inaugural West Loop Family Picnic
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Dudes with tudes

An impromptu meeting with Slushy


I'm with the band. Read More...

The parking guy

Shorty takes control


If it's Saturday morning at Fulton Market, Shorty's in charge. Read More...

Floyd's 99 opens in West Loop

New barbershop on West Randolph


It's not Pink Floyd, but it definitely is rock-and-roll. Read More...

33-Story apartment building unveiled

Proposed property at corner of Adams and Halsted


Proposed high-rise in Greektown creates some additional heat tonight. Read More...

Mercy Fest on tap

Summer block party in the West Loop


Festival commemorates 125th anniversary of Mercy Home.
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Jungle sounds

Please don't climb on the lions


There's a long list of offenders I'd like to roar at. Read More...

Buildings of note

Is it a clock, or something else?


The next time you take a walk in the West Loop--or any part of Chicago--pay attention to the buildings. They represent a history of architectural growth. Read More...