WBEZ | wrigleyville http://www.wbez.org/tags/wrigleyville Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Goat's head delivered to Wrigley Field http://www.wbez.org/news/goats-head-delivered-wrigley-field-106598 <p><p>Police are investigating the strange delivery of a goat&rsquo;s head to Wrigley Field.</p><p dir="ltr">Usually when people talk about goats and the Chicago Cubs, they tell the story of the &quot;<a href="http://www.billygoattavern.com/legend/curse/">Billy Goat Curse</a>.&quot; The scene is the 1945 World Series, Chicago Cubs vs. Detroit Tigers. The owner of the Billy Goat Tavern wanted to attend game four with his beloved pet goat. But when Cubs officials wouldn&rsquo;t let the goat in, he cursed the Cubs, saying they&#39;d never win another World Series. Thus began a decades-long championship drought.</p><p dir="ltr">This time around the goat in question was dead, and its head was&nbsp;packed in a box addressed to team chairman Tom Ricketts. Ricketts is currently locked in contentious negotiations with city officials and neighborhood businesses about a $300 million dollar renovation of Wrigley Field.</p><p dir="ltr">A police spokeswoman says officers responded at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to a call about an &ldquo;intimidating package.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The investigation about the goat&rsquo;s head is ongoing.</p></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/goats-head-delivered-wrigley-field-106598 The Sheridan Statue http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-12/sheridan-statue-104405 <p><p>The statue on Sheridan Road near Belmont has always been one of my favorites. I often passed it when I was a child, in the days when the Addison bus went downtown. It reminded me of those Frederick Remington illustrations in books about the Old West.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/12-21--Philip%20Sheridan.jpg" style="width: 270px; height: 360px; float: right;" title="Sheridan the Statue" />The man on horseback is Philip Sheridan, Civil War general and namesake for Sheridan Road, Fort Sheridan, and the city of Sheridan, Wyoming. He&rsquo;s seen rallying his retreating Union troops at the Battle of Cedar Creek. The general is shouting, &ldquo;Back to the front, boys&mdash;you&rsquo;ll sleep in your tents tonight, or you&rsquo;ll sleep in Hell!&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Born in 1831, Sheridan&nbsp;grew up in small-town Ohio.&nbsp;As a teenager he clerked in a store, then won appointment to West Point. His graduation was delayed a year when he was suspended for fighting with another cadet.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">He was a lieutenant when&nbsp;Fort Sumter was attacked&nbsp;in 1861. During the&nbsp;war Sheridan proved to be an aggressive&nbsp;but effective commander, like his friend Grant. At the end of the war he was a general.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sheridan&#39;s next assignments were in the West. Among his jobs was making sure the native tribes got onto reservations and stayed there. Today his ruthless actions are condemned by many historians. At the time, most Americans considered him a hero.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/12-21--General Sheridan (LofC).jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 329px; float: left;" title="Sheridan the Man (Library of Congress)" /></div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">He was one of those celebrities whom reporters love to quote. One account has him remarking &ldquo;The only good Indian I ever knew was dead&rdquo;&mdash;something Sheridan always denied he&rsquo;d said. But he did confirm another famous quip: &ldquo;If I owned Texas and Hell, I&rsquo;d rent out Texas and live in Hell.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sheridan&#39;s Chicago connection came during the Great Fire of 1871. With martial law declared, the general took charge of the situation, and kept the city reasonably peaceful. Some years later Sheridan was married in Chicago. When the couple resettled in Washington, a group of wealthy Chicagoans bought them a house there.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Like many Civil War generals, Sheridan had presidential ambitions. But he died of a heart attack in 1888, only 57 years old. He was then General-in-Chief of the U.S. Army.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The Sheridan statue is the work of Gutzon Borglum, completed in 1923, a few years before the artist started carving the faces on Mount Rushmore. Borglum had earlier done a Sheridan statue in Washington.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sheridan&#39;s local monument&nbsp;has recently endured a bizarre form of vandalism. From time to time the horse&rsquo;s private parts have been painted over in loud colors. Various culprits have been blamed, ranging from fraternity pledges to the San Francisco Giants baseball team. The Chicago police reportedly have the horse under surveillance, so consider yourself warned.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-12/sheridan-statue-104405 There in Chicago (#17) http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-11/there-chicago-17-104132 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/04--2012-Belmont-Wilton.JPG" title="Belmont Avenue at Wilton--view west" /><br /><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/12-06--image.jpg" title="1955--the same location (CTA photo)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">How well did you find your way around 1955 Chicago?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">We are at Belmont and Wilton, a short-block east of Sheffield. The &#39;L&#39; station is one clue to the location. The platform canopies indicate that there are four tracks running through the station, which tells us we&#39;re somewhere on the North Side main line. Notice the building behind the turning bus. In the contemporary photo, that building has been torn down because of renovations at the station.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The double overhead wires reveal that we are on a street with trolley buses, and one of them can be seen in the distance. The gasoline bus turning onto Belmont is on a short extension route that ran between the &#39;L&#39; station and Lake Shore Drive. Like the streetcars that preceded them, the Belmont trolley buses went only as far east as Halsted.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In 1955 this neighborhood was simply known as East Lakeview. Today&#39;s it&#39;s called Wrigleyville. The name change hasn&#39;t seemed to have helped the Cubs.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/john-r-schmidt/2012-11/there-chicago-17-104132 Opening Day video: Chicago's #1 Cubs fan (or at least the drunkest) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-01/opening-day-video-chicagos-1-cubs-fan-or-least-drunkest-84624 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-01/cubs-fans.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>UPDATE: Listen to Colleen Henneman talk about Opening Day 2012 on <em>Afternoon Shift</em></p><p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1333732658-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Colleen%20Henneman.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></p><p>I went up to Wrigley Field this morning to revel in another season of Chicago Cubs baseball. Wrigleyville comes alive (or dies a little) when the Cubs' season begins and Opening Day offers fans a chance to start drinking just after sunrise.</p><p>I caught up with one fan who claims she was the first person in line for bar time this morning. She also claims to be the biggest Cubs fan on the planet. And she has a pink Cubs hat, which separates her from the pack.&nbsp; Introducing...Henneman.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/21819920?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" frameborder="0" height="284" width="503"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;">It's <a href="http://www.twitter.com/sarahjindra">no Sarah Jindra traffic report</a>, but you gotta love Henneman.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 20:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-01/opening-day-video-chicagos-1-cubs-fan-or-least-drunkest-84624 Legal experts question stings in terror cases http://www.wbez.org/story/alleged-chicago-terrorist-more-goofy-threatening <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Aziz Hug.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A 22-year-old Chicago man is scheduled to be back in federal court Wednesday on terrorism charges. Sami Samir Hassoun was arrested in September for plotting to blow up a crowded Wrigleyville corner.</p><p>It became immediately clear he had help. But that help didn't come from like minded individuals or a terrorist network - it came from the federal government. It raises questions about whether Hassoun could have executed an attack of any sort without help from the FBI.</p><p>The charges against Hassoun are unarguably very disturbing. Prosecutors say he dropped what he thought was a bomb into a garbage can in Wrigleyville on Chicago's north side, late on a saturday night, when the streets were full of people. He wanted to hurt as many people as possible. And yet if you read the complaint, that's the court document where prosecutors give a basic outline of their case, I have a copy here, its 26 pages long and it's full of Hassoun saying really goofy things.</p><p>One of the strangest plots he proposes is bombing Daley Plaza downtown during an Arab festival. That presumably confused the government's confidential source who asks, &quot;You want to bomb Arabs?&quot;</p><p>Hassoun seems to backpedal saying the bomb wouldn't explode, it would just emanate smoke. And the point of this smoke slash bomb thingy? Well, the complaint quotes Hassoun as saying that it would have a chilling effect on future civic events at Daley Plaza. There was no larger political endgame, he just wanted to affect the scheduling of these lunch-hour festivals.</p><p>Here's Hassoun's lawyer Myron Auerbach talking in the lobby of the federal court building about his client.<br /><br />AUERBACH: He's just an incompetent who spoke too much and who was led down the path by the confidential source.&nbsp; He is not what you would consider a person with philosophical political views that would cause him to harm any of the people or the property in the Chicago area.</p><p>Hassoun allegedly brainstormed a number of grandiose attacks but when an undercover officer asked him why Hassoun just said he had always thought of trying to start some kind of revolution. So there was no specific goal except to be involved in something grand.</p><p>He wasn't driven by political or religious ideology and before the feds got involved he had no actual plan to implement any of the violence he talked about. The bomb he did place in a garbage can in Wrigleyville was a fake given to him by the FBI.</p><p>ACOSTA: Yeah, he had some goofy ideas, there's no doubt about it, but I think a lot of the terrorist acts that take place, if you sit down as a rational human being and try to determine, does this make sense?&nbsp; Is this a good idea?&nbsp; I think most people would say no, that's insane, that's stupid.</p><p>Sergio Acosta is a former federal prosecutor. He handled the case of another troubled young man and would-be terrorist. Acosta says federal agents working a sting operation give guys like Hassoun multiple opportunities to drop out.</p><p>ACOSTA: There is discussion about, 'Are you sure you want to do this?&nbsp; You can step back right now and it's not a problem.' And according to the complaint, he said, 'No, I'm in it.&nbsp; I want to do this.'</p><p>The sting then moves from just talking about violence, to taking concrete steps down that path, scouting a location, or perhaps buying weapons.</p><p>ACOSTA: These guys pose a real danger. If they were to get with individuals, like-minded individuals with the finances, with the access to weapons, that's when you have terrorist acts that take place, so finding these types of people is important for law enforcement for our society.</p><p>HUQ: It seems to me clear that some of these individuals who were targeted would, in all likelihood, have not done anything in violation of the law had it not been for their interaction with law enforcement.</p><p>Aziz Huq, with the University of Chicago law school, says sting operations rely on paid informants and those informants have a financial incentive to draw people to the attention of police - an incentive to steer people down the path to terrorism.</p><p>HUQ: 'Cause their livelihood in some way depends upon it.&nbsp; And, it's going to be easier for those informants to do that with people who are less rather than more sophisticated and smart.</p><p>Huq says sting operations have a tendency to sweep up those who aren't the proverbial sharpest knife in the drawer.</p><p>HUQ: It's not clear how much of a threat that they pose but it's a very hard question that the police are, I think, are genuinely grappling with.&nbsp; How do we figure out who's really dangerous in a world in which you can go out an buy a glock and harm a half dozen people in the space of a minute, right?&nbsp; How do you figure out whose really harmful in that world?</p><p>The Arizona shooting this past weekend that killed six and wounded congresswoman Gabreille Giffords has Huq thinking carefully about these issues right now.</p><p>Karen Greenberg says sting operations in terror cases are here to stay. It's a key way the federal government is trying to prevent terror attacks. Greenberg is with New York University's Center on Law and Security which monitors terror cases across the country. But she says courts are starting to discern between the sophisticated terrorist masterminds and incompetent and confused people like Hassoun.<br /><br />GREENBERG: In terrorism cases 'til now, basically, if you have the word terrorism associated with it, you're guilty. It's only now that we're starting to, as a society, to distinguish terrorism cases from one another and not to see it as one monolithic threat.</p><p><em>Music Button: Helen Money, &quot;Hum&quot;, from the CD Helen Money, (Cellobird) </em></p><p>Greenberg says there's a body of terrorism cases that didn't exist just a few years ago, or in the immediate wake of 9-11. It gives both prosecutors and defense attorneys access to nuanced arguments which in turn allows juries to decide cases in context and render verdicts that are more just. And she hopes the more nuanced approach will help authorities focus more energy on the operators and initiators, and less on those who can be simply duped into going along with a violent plan.</p></p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 06:43:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/alleged-chicago-terrorist-more-goofy-threatening Photos: Examining Wrigleyville's racist, homophobic T-shirt culture http://www.wbez.org/bcraig/2009/07/photos-examining-wrigleyvilles-racist-homophobic-t-shirt-culture/5167 <p><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>***This post contains photos of potentially offensive material. Please view at your discretion. </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">During the beginning of the 2008 season, street vendors outside of Wrigley Field were selling a T-shirt (pictured below) relating to the Cubs' newly-acquired Japanese outfielder Kosuke Fukudome.<span> </span>A <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/901817,CST-SPT-gordo18.article">Sun-Times story</a> brought attention to its use of slanted eyes and a crude Asian accent. <span> </span>The public flooded the Cubs organization with complaints and they forced the shirt's manufacturer to discontinue production due to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/903754,cubshirt041808.article">trademark violations</a>. </span> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5166" title="horry-kow" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/2009/07/horry-kow.jpg" alt="horry-kow" width="380" height="380" /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Although milder versions of the original shirt can still be seen on the vendor displays, other controversial images have taken its place.<span> </span>If the graphic above is seen as offensive, is the one below any less racially-charged?</span></p> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5168" title="pujols-mows-my-lawn" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/2009/07/pujols-mows-my-lawn.jpg" alt="pujols-mows-my-lawn" width="379" height="379" /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Street vendors and performers were the target of 44<sup>th</sup> Ward Ald. Tom Tunney's <a href="http://cbs2chicago.com/local/wrigley.field.peddlers.2.1066765.html">proposed ordinance</a> that would effectively ban them from the streets within two blocks of the stadium on game days. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Joe </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Sienkiewicz, 46, is a street vendor who</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> attended a July 14<sup>th</sup> meeting with local businesses, vendors, and residents of the 44th Ward.‚  Joe claimed that Ald. Tunney said his T-shirt business would be safe for the 2009 season.<span> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Beyond this season, no guarantees.<span> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">The Fukudome shirt disappeared without much resistance, but others sold by vendors that don't display trademarked material may be tougher to ban, potentially leaving the Cubs in a public relations mess. </span> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Before a Cubs night game on July 28th, Joe was hard at work handing out more shirts to several vendors from his open trunk on Sheffield.‚  He responded to some of the recent issues, "We have free speech.<span> </span>This is not the only avenue that people sell that type of shirt.<span> </span>You can go anywhere in the city of Chicago and you'll find negative T-shirts, funny T-shirts," Joe explained.<span> </span>"Some call them racist T-shirts, but it depends on how you look at it.<span> </span>But if they're going to kick us out for that, then they better get rid of them all over the city of Chicago, all over the state of Illinois."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Vendors remain a staple of the Wrigleyville atmosphere for now, but disgruntled store owners, sidewalk congestion, and backlash from racy shirts are adding pressure to their already tenuous position.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">"We are prepared to fight Ald. Tunney.<span> </span>We want to make a living here," </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Sienkiewicz explained.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"><span>Below are some more of the shirts offered by vendors. We recognize that some of these shirts may be offensive to viewers. </span></span> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"><strong><span> </span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <object width="500" height="375" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fsearch%2Fshow%2F%3Fq%3DWrigley_Vendors%26w%3D33876038%2540N00&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fsearch%2F%3Fq%3DWrigley_Vendors%26w%3D33876038%2540N00&amp;method=flickr.photos.search&amp;api_params_str=&amp;api_text=Wrigley_Vendors&amp;api_tag_mode=bool&amp;api_user_id=33876038%40N00&amp;api_safe_search=3&amp;api_content_type=7&amp;api_media=all&amp;api_sort=relevance&amp;jump_to=&amp;start_index=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 16:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/bcraig/2009/07/photos-examining-wrigleyvilles-racist-homophobic-t-shirt-culture/5167 Photos: Examining Wrigleyville&#039;s racist, homophobic T-shirt culture http://www.wbez.org/bcraig/2009/07/photos-examining-wrigleyvilles-racist-homophobic-t-shirt-culture-2/8067 <p><p class="MsoNormal"><strong>***This post contains photos of potentially offensive material. Please view at your discretion. </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">During the beginning of the 2008 season, street vendors outside of Wrigley Field were selling a T-shirt (pictured below) relating to the Cubs' newly-acquired Japanese outfielder Kosuke Fukudome.<span> </span>A <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/901817,CST-SPT-gordo18.article">Sun-Times story</a> brought attention to its use of slanted eyes and a crude Asian accent. <span> </span>The public flooded the Cubs organization with complaints and they forced the shirt's manufacturer to discontinue production due to <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/903754,cubshirt041808.article">trademark violations</a>. </span> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5166" title="horry-kow" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/2009/07/horry-kow.jpg" alt="horry-kow" width="380" height="380" /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Although milder versions of the original shirt can still be seen on the vendor displays, other controversial images have taken its place.<span> </span>If the graphic above is seen as offensive, is the one below any less racially-charged?</span></p> <img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-5168" title="pujols-mows-my-lawn" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs/2009/07/pujols-mows-my-lawn.jpg" alt="pujols-mows-my-lawn" width="379" height="379" /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Street vendors and performers were the target of 44<sup>th</sup> Ward Ald. Tom Tunney's <a href="http://cbs2chicago.com/local/wrigley.field.peddlers.2.1066765.html">proposed ordinance</a> that would effectively ban them from the streets within two blocks of the stadium on game days. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Joe </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Sienkiewicz, 46, is a street vendor who</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> attended a July 14<sup>th</sup> meeting with local businesses, vendors, and residents of the 44th Ward.‚  Joe claimed that Ald. Tunney said his T-shirt business would be safe for the 2009 season.<span> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Beyond this season, no guarantees.<span> </span></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">The Fukudome shirt disappeared without much resistance, but others sold by vendors that don't display trademarked material may be tougher to ban, potentially leaving the Cubs in a public relations mess. </span> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Before a Cubs night game on July 28th, Joe was hard at work handing out more shirts to several vendors from his open trunk on Sheffield.‚  He responded to some of the recent issues, "We have free speech.<span> </span>This is not the only avenue that people sell that type of shirt.<span> </span>You can go anywhere in the city of Chicago and you'll find negative T-shirts, funny T-shirts," Joe explained.<span> </span>"Some call them racist T-shirts, but it depends on how you look at it.<span> </span>But if they're going to kick us out for that, then they better get rid of them all over the city of Chicago, all over the state of Illinois."</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Vendors remain a staple of the Wrigleyville atmosphere for now, but disgruntled store owners, sidewalk congestion, and backlash from racy shirts are adding pressure to their already tenuous position.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">"We are prepared to fight Ald. Tunney.<span> </span>We want to make a living here," </span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Sienkiewicz explained.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"><span>Below are some more of the shirts offered by vendors. We recognize that some of these shirts may be offensive to viewers. </span></span> <p class="MsoNormal"></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"><strong><span> </span></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span></p> <object width="500" height="375" data="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="flashvars" value="offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fsearch%2Fshow%2F%3Fq%3DWrigley_Vendors%26w%3D33876038%2540N00&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fsearch%2F%3Fq%3DWrigley_Vendors%26w%3D33876038%2540N00&amp;method=flickr.photos.search&amp;api_params_str=&amp;api_text=Wrigley_Vendors&amp;api_tag_mode=bool&amp;api_user_id=33876038%40N00&amp;api_safe_search=3&amp;api_content_type=7&amp;api_media=all&amp;api_sort=relevance&amp;jump_to=&amp;start_index=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="src" value="http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /></object></p> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 16:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/bcraig/2009/07/photos-examining-wrigleyvilles-racist-homophobic-t-shirt-culture-2/8067