We continue our time-lapse of a neighborhood fire station on the North Side. Photo by Jane Verwys.
Feb. 2, 2011
The City of Chicago saw the arrival of one of the nastiest snowstorms in its long history on Tuesday. But it also saw something else: Emergency services unequipped to deal with the volume of motorists and severity of conditions on Lake Shore Drive.
Not since the infamous Blizzard of 1979 has the city been so crippled by a storm - and city services so unable to cope with its impact on commuters.
Hundreds of cars and their drivers were stuck on Lake Shore Drive on Tuesday evening and well into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, most along the northbound portions of the Drive.
The problems began when a massive snowstorm arrived in the Chicago area just before rush hour, making travel treacherous and road conditions difficult. But the situation intensified after 7 p.m., according to city officials. That's when a series of cascading accidents blocked lanes and brought traffic to a standstill.
As a result, the City of Chicago closed Lake Shore Drive at 7:50p on Tuesday evening.
We asked for your photos of the blizzard and you didn't let us down! Here's the latest batch of submissions to our Flickr pool tagged Thundersnow. Click to view the full photo blog of the blizzard.
Every 90 minutes. Photo by Adam Yoffe.
Feb. 2, 2011
At this point, looking at images of a city buried in snow is a little like bringing sand to a beach.
But I got a kick out of checking out home movies, posted on youtube, of Chicagoans coping with the Blizzard of '67. Lets kick off today's offerings with the above video posted by Marilyn Quiroz of the historic Pullman neighborhood dealing with big snow back then. The jet-set background music is as cool as a pair of Ray-Bans. And the video is intersperced with pretty crisp still photos, such as the ones of the Michigan Avenue shopping district in Roseland--with the old Gatelys store still in business.
And look out below: The Big Tuna, WMAQ anchor Floyd Kalber is smoothly anchoring a news broadcast on the snow with great footage of 1960's Chicago. Kalber passed away seven years ago; Comcast NBC Universal said last week it was retiring its peacock icon.
Feb. 2, 2011
The terms "sustainable," "local," and "seasonal" have become as ubiquitous on local menus as those annoying posters for Tito's Handmade Vodka I see in every bar lately. Do chefs and restaurateurs really think they're fooling us? They must. It's unfortunate too, because all of this name-checking and farmer-worshipping - while noble - really diminishes the hard work of the restaurants that have been sticking to this mantra long before it became fashionable.
My big question is: at what point can a restaurant claim it has a "sustainable" philosophy? Should all of the seafood be responsibly harvested? If you say you work with local, seasonal produce, does that mean it's o.k. to have tomatoes and asparagus on your winter menu? These are always the kinds of things that stick in my craw.