Friday, January 25, 2008

SE Corner of Greenleaf and Clark

Built: 1913

It's the A & T Grill again! This is now officially the best diner in Rogers Park.

This intersection has a brand new stop light, which is awesome. I never knew I could get excited about that sort of thing, but it's made our life much easier. I wonder if it was because of the A&T's popularity? More likely there were just a whole bunch of accidents there.

Last night's windchill was 25 below zero. On Monday it's supposed to be 40 degrees. Yay Chicago!

We're going to a baby shower tomorrow with Felix at the same place where Angela and I were married 5 years ago. Where would we be without cheap Chicago Park District rentals?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Clark and Columbia, northeast corner detail

6701-6707 N. Clark
Clark Street entrance detail

Theres just something about this spaghetti of electrical conduit that I find very appealing... The broken pediment entry is the perfect contrast.

And now in color...

Did I ever mention that these are eventually worked out in color? It's my cut-rate version of grisaille painting, with grey markers and colored pencil. The tone sketch is just to help me simplify things. I tried working entirely in colored marker last year, but it just made everything look so darn cheerful.

Our car is in the shop. After pouring money into it so we could get to Ohio safely (which we did) the steering went out entirely on Monday. And of course, steering isn't covered by the extended warranty.

I submitted a proposal to lead a tour downtown for the "Great Places and Spaces" festival, which offers hundreds of free tours of Chicago in May. I proposed "The LaSalle Street Canyon Tour," and invited Professor Euan to be co-tour guide. I'll look at things from the architectural standpoint, and he can talk about geography and social history. Who wouldn't enjoy that?