The Original Sears Tower
Now known as the Nichols Tower and located on Homan Avenue, this building dates back to 1906. The Sears offices were located here until 1974 when they were moved to the Loop. WLS-AM (World's Largest Store) broadcast from this location. There is a blue strip at the
top of the tower with the words SEARS ROEBVCK AND CO in white.
I Want To Be (Left) Alone
The car stopped, the window went down, the
camera lens poked out and this kid went into
"duck and cover" mode.
East Garfield Park
Wild In The Streets
This may be a local mural (note the "Chicago Police" star on the burning car) but it depicts
what has become the national pastime in our
This is a somewhat recent painting that covers what seemed to be more of a Puerto
Rican pride piece. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any information on it or the artist, yet.
That's Not Asking Too Much
Just a thought from the neighbors at Rockwell
Street and Potomac Avenue in Humboldt Park.
Oh Happy Day
Let's take a walk around the neighborhood.
Division Street, Humboldt Park.
Puerto Rican Pride or A Thumb In America's Eye
Painted by former Chicago artist Gamaliel Ramierez, this mural is easily seen at Division
and Campbell in Humboldt Park. Below is a
description of the mural:
"The mural depicts a cultural/music event called Fiesta Boricua (De Bandera a Bandera). The Festival attracts over 250,000 people every year and is held in
September. Visitors can hear salsa, reggaeton, bomba, plena, and merengue music pulsing in the streets."
"The mural depicts some famous people including National Puerto Rican icon Lolita Lebron, Pedro Pietri,
and Don Pedro Albizu Campos, the leader of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement."
"The abundance of Puerto Rican flags is an intentional
comment by the artists. From 1898 to 1952, when Puerto Rico became annexed by the United States, it was
considered a felony to display the Puerto Rican flag in public; the only flag permitted to be flown on the
island was the United States flag."
What the description doesn't tell us is that the mural is dedicated, at least in part,
to Lolita Lebron (Delores Lebron Sotomayer), who organized and lead an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives in 1954, wounding five members
of Congress. It's a bit difficult to reconcile the beauty of the mural with at least
part of what it represents.
Color My Chicago
I found this painted on an exterior wall of a
cafe on Bryn Mawr Avenue that does not feature
all'aperto dining. A pleasant scene, though.
It's Not All Tags and Graffiti
While having lunch in Humboldt Park last week I was able to see some activity going on across the street. My wife and I crossed over to see this community themed mural in progress and speak to a couple of the artists.
Friday evening, September 9 at 11:30 there
were two shootings at the intersection, one
young man was wounded and another died
shortly thereafter. My wife decided to lay down the law. We were not going to areas where
people are shot within days of us being there,
let alone hours, but I refuse to be dictated to on where I can and cannot go. C'mon, Chicago, let's get in the groove.
Thinking and Hoping
Let's say the old gentleman is wondering what
news his doctor has in store for him while the
lady is hoping the bus does not make her late for her greatly needed job.
Damen & Grand Avenues, West Town.
Watch Your Back
Somebody's fixin' to punch your ticket.
Ogden & Trumbull, Lawndale.