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The Polaroid Wall

By The Editors

Remember IPA? Remember The Polaroid Wall? You should because there’s a good chance you’re on it. And now you can carry it around in your pocket with an iPhone app that includes all 2,620 photos of those raucous years when IPA helped change the media landscape in Chicago. MORE...

Gone Fishin’ (Again)

By The Editors

What can we say? As long as they’re biting, we’ll keep fishin’. And I’m sure we’ll have some tales to tell when we get back. Enjoy the rest of the summer. MORE...

The Stay-at-Home Mom

By Mary Raines

Call me a stay-at-home mom. That’s what I call myself in the blog I write about my children, my dogs, my favorite foods and, more often than not, things that are important to me in living every day.

I’m home by choice. It was a hard choice. I used to be a lawyer. Now I’m a mom. Okay, now quick tell me: what’s the approval rating of lawyers versus moms? MORE...

Race to Make a Difference

By David York

I turned left on Boylston Street and there it was. A gleaming oasis only two-tenths of a mile away calling me in to the deafening roar of 100,000 people. The finish line was in sight. MORE...

How to Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs

By Scott Jacobs

There are two basic steps to cooking hard-boiled eggs although the order is in some dispute: Do you boil water then insert the eggs? Or insert the eggs and then boil the water? MORE...

Learning to Write

By Scott Jacobs

I have a son in the first grade who is learning to write. I mean literally, letter by letter, starting with the first swoop in the small a to the last slash in the letter z. MORE...

The Night I Left My Dog to Babysit

By Scott Jacobs

I have on my block a fine collection of neighbors, the most well-liked being Ed Pennington, who has endeared himself to us all this winter by buying a new snowblower to clear the sidewalk from one end of the block to the other. MORE...

On Saving Old Letters from Lovers Past

By Ben Hollis

More than 30 years ago – and just recently – my mailbox began to fill up beyond its capacity with Valentines.They started coming about 4 or 5 days before The Big Day and, on February 14, there must have been 20 cards in the box. All from the same person. MORE...

The Worst Post Office in America

By Scott Jacobs

The worst post office in America? I know, the competition is stiff. But hands down, the title has to go to the Logan Square station at 2339 North California in Chicago. MORE...

China: Part VI – Feels Just Like Home

By Stump Connolly

I opened The Shanghai Daily at breakfast this morning to find the police yesterday seized 43 kilos of methamphetamine in a raid on a west side warehouse. Local officials are promising a crackdown on corruption. Real estate developers are being investigated for evading billions of yuan in land improvement taxes. And, below the fold, there is a map of street closings Sunday when 35,000 runners are expected to compete in the Shanghai marathon. Feels just like home. MORE...