All Our Children, Part Two

October 7th, 2015

An Accidental Truce, Late 1989

Due to an accidental breakthrough, Jolie and Missy share the couch in late 1989. For the first time, Missy is NOT trying to tear Jolie apart. Photo by Carol Krohn.

The true light of Carol’s life in the years between 1988 and 2015 were the “kids.” One of our greatest frustrations in those early years was our inability to figure out a way for Missy to accept and get along with Jolie. Each time we tried to put them together Missy would “herd” Jolie, using her snout to push the little one around. Jolie would try to get away and Missy would circle around, snarling and growling and tensing as if to pounce. We had no choice but to separate them by locking them into their individual kennels.

At the time we were living in an apartment on Halsted Street on the north side of Chicago in the same block where the Steppenwolf Theater is now located. In the fall of 1989 we received a renewal lease from our landlord. We discovered that the rent we would be paying if we stayed would be double our original rent of just four years earlier. It was time to move on and find something more reasonable. Read the rest of this entry »

All Our Children, Part One

October 3rd, 2015

Jolie and Missy

Jolie and Missy posing at the fireplace, shortly after we moved into our Adams Street condo.

Carol and I had gone on wonderful (and expensive) vacations every year from 1984-1988–trips that were really above our means. With our finances dwindled, we knew we would be more home bound for some time. Carol had always wanted to have a dog so we felt we had no excuse standing in our way. In early November 1988 we adopted a six-week-old blonde bundle of love. We named her Missy. The pet store worker told us that she was a “Miniature Schnauzer Mix.” But as the photo here shows, it would soon become obvious that she was neither miniature nor a Schnauzer.

However, mutual unconditional love soon made her lineage a moot point. What also became obvious quickly is that we had absolutely no idea how to train or manage a dog. After a few failed attempts at winging it, we decided to buy a book on dog training. This did not work either–no matter how many times we left the book on the floor, Missy showed no interest in reading it. Read the rest of this entry »

In Memory of Carol Krohn, my dear wife

October 2nd, 2015

Dave Clark & Carol Krohn - August 21, 2014

Souvenir photo from our visit to the John Hancock Observatory (now 360 Chicago)

My wife of 33 and one-half years passed away on September 4th, 2015. She was 56 years old. On August 21, 2015, Carol suffered a cardiac arrest at home. I immediately called 911. The operator told me to start CPR. The paramedics were here quickly and were able to get her pulse started again. We took her to the ER at Rush Medical Center and she was admitted to the intensive care unit.

She was on full life support with internal bleeding of her esophagus the likely cause of her cardiac arrest. Thanks to the incredible professionalism and great care of the entire staff of the ICU, her condition seemed to stabilize and she seemed to be getting better after about one week. Read the rest of this entry »

Sears/Willis Tower–Now the Blackstone Tower?

March 16th, 2015

Willis Tower sold for $1.3 billion: report | WGN-TV

 

2 More Chicago Lincoln Walking Tours-March 21 & 28

March 15th, 2015

2 more special 2-hour walking tours remain of places in Chicago’s Loop that are part of the Lincoln Legacy

We had a great time the last two Saturdays with the first two Walking in Lincoln’s Footsteps tours. We have two more to go and plenty of room for YOU if you are able to come to Chicago either or both of the next two Saturdays!

Abraham Lincoln visited Chicago repeatedly during a 13-year span from 1847 to 1860, and his funeral train came through the city in 1865. Tad Lincoln died here, Mary attempted suicide here, and Robert Todd Lincoln became a lawyer and practiced law here. These tours will visit many sites important to the Lincoln legacy in Chicago.

Tour Highlights:

Grand Pacific Hotel where Mary Lincoln Lived

Grand Pacific Hotel where Mary Lincoln Lived


Insane Woman Walking. Saturday March 21, 10:06 a.m. Meet at Daley Plaza, Clark and Washington. Starting at the site of pre- and post-fire Cook County Courthouse, where Lincoln practiced law and where his coffin was visited by mourners, and where Mary Todd was declared insane. Ending at the site where Mary attempted suicide.

A Mighty Good Road. Saturday March 28, 10:06 a.m. Meet at the Great Hall of Union Station. Sites include location of pre-fire Union Depot where Lincoln’s Funeral Train departed for Springfield and location of the Van Buren (LaSalle) Station, where the Rock Island Line headed west to cross the Mississippi for the first time in 1856 (thanks to Lincoln).

Reservations required. To register, send an email to tour guide David Clark at: dave@windycityroadwarrior.com . Or call 312-432-1284.
Each tour will start at 10:06 a.m. (66 minutes after 9 a.m.)! All participants in the tour will pay a discounted price less than 66% of the regular $25.00 per person cost—that is only $15.00 per guest for a 2-hour adventure.

Tours subject to cancellation if fewer than SIX reservations are received by the Friday before each tour.

Tour Participants receive a 10% discount off of The Roads That Lead to Lincoln. To receive the book discount, the book must be ordered at the time of tour reservation.

Walking in Lincoln’s Footsteps – Saturdays in March 2015

February 21st, 2015

Four special 2-hour walking tours of places in Chicago’s Loop that are part of the Lincoln Legacy

Pullman Building

Pullman Building


Abraham Lincoln visited Chicago repeatedly during a 13-year span from 1847 to 1860, and his funeral train came through the city in 1865. Tad Lincoln died here, Mary attempted suicide here, and Robert Todd Lincoln became a lawyer and practiced law here. These tours will visit many sites important to the Lincoln legacy in Chicago.

Tour Highlights:

    Lake Street, That Great Street. Saturday March 7, 10:06 a.m. Meet at James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street. We visit sites including the Wigwam, where Lincoln was nominated for President in 1860; the Tremont House, Abe’s favorite Hotel; and Crosby’s Opera House where Robert Todd Lincoln’s first law office was located.
    A Noisy, Dreary Place. Saturday March 14, 10:06 a.m. Meet on the steps of the Art Institute, Adams and Michigan. We visit sites including the Pullman Building (pictured above) where Robert Todd Lincoln worked and the Clifton House where Mary, Robert, and Tad lived and where Tad died in 1871.
    Insane Woman Walking. Saturday March 21, 10:06 a.m. Meet at Daley Plaza, Clark and Washington. Starting at the site of pre- and post-fire Cook County Courthouse, where Lincoln practiced law and where his coffin was visited by mourners, and where Mary Todd was declared insane. Ending at the site where Mary attempted suicide.
    A Mighty Good Road. Saturday March 28, 10:06 a.m. Meet at the Great Hall of Union Station. Sites include location of pre-fire Union Depot where Lincoln’s Funeral Train departed for Springfield and location of the Van Buren (LaSalle) Station, where the Rock Island Line headed west to cross the Mississippi for the first time in 1856 (thanks to Lincoln).

Reservations required. To register, send an email to tour guide David Clark at: dave@windycityroadwarrior.com . Or call 312-432-1284.
Each tour will start at 10:06 a.m. (66 minutes after 9 a.m.)! All participants in the tour will pay a discounted price less than 66% of the regular $25.00 per person cost—that is only $15.00 per guest for a 2-hour adventure.

Tours subject to cancellation if fewer than SIX reservations are received by the Friday before each tour.

Tour Participants receive a 10% discount off of The Roads That Lead to Lincoln. To receive the book discount, the book must be ordered at the time of tour reservation.

Walking in Lincoln’s Footsteps – Feb. 7, 2015 – Chicago Walking Tour – 10:06 a.m.

January 29th, 2015

1865 Cook County Courthouse where over 100,000 mourners paid their last respects to Lincoln

1865 Cook County Courthouse where over 100,000 mourners paid their last respects to Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln visited Chicago repeatedly during a 13-year span from 1847 to 1860, and his funeral train came through the city in 1865. Tad Lincoln died here, Mary attempted suicide here, and Robert Todd Lincoln became a lawyer and practiced law here. This tour will visit many sites important to the Lincoln legacy in Chicago.

The tour will meet in the Great Hall of Union Station at 10:06 a.m.

Tour Highlights:
• The location of pre-Chicago Fire Union Depot, where Lincoln often arrived in town from Springfield and where his Funeral Train departed.
• The site of the Grand Pacific Hotel. Mary Todd Lincoln attempted suicide here.
• Where the Cook County Courthouse stood (pictured above). Abe Lincoln practiced law here, and 7000 mourners per hour filed past his open casket in May 1865.
• Site of the Wigwam, where Lincoln was nominated for President in 1860.
• And much, much more!

Reservations required. To register, send an email to tour guide David Clark at: dave@windycityroadwarrior.com or call 312-432-1284.
On Saturday February 7th we will start at 10:06 a.m. (66 minutes after 9 a.m.)! All participants in the tour will pay a discounted price less than 66% of the regular $25.00 per person cost—that is only $15.00 per guest for a 2-hour adventure.
Tour subject to cancellation if fewer than SIX reservations are received by 2/6/15.

The Roads that Lead to Lincoln

The Roads that Lead to Lincoln

Tour Participants receive a 10% discount off of my book, The Roads That Lead to Lincoln. That is only $13.50 for the book including tax!
Book order must be made at time of tour reservation.

Reminder: Stroll 66 on November 6th Chicago Walking tour

November 5th, 2011

Chicago Hilton, formerly the Stevens Hotel, where the Nov 6th tour begins

Chicago Hilton, formerly the Stevens Hotel, where the Nov 6th tour begins

…and there is still time to join us! The tour begins at the Chicago Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, at exactly 12:06 p.m. (66 minutes after 11 a.m.!).

From the railroad era through the Route 66 era, Michigan Avenue and Jackson Boulevard were the main destinations for tourists and visitors in Chicago. Our December 6th Stroll on Chicago’s Route 66 will trace the history of lodgings, rail stations, and other attractions that brought the world to Chicago’s “route center.”
The tour will meet on Sunday, November 6th at 12:06 p.m. (66 minutes after 11 a.m.) at the historic Chicago Hilton Hotel, 720 S. Michigan Avenue. When built in 1927, it was the Stevens, the largest hotel in the world and convenient to two of Chicago’s six passenger rail stations: the Illinois Central and the Dearborn Station.
We will walk north along Michigan Avenue and discuss the Blackstone, the Congress, the Auditorium, the Richelieu, and the Stratford Hotels. Along the way, we will discuss “smoke-filled rooms,” labor unrest, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, and the changing face of Chicago.
Turning west on Jackson, we will see the original starting point of Route 66, Chicago’s most musical corner, and the site of former luxury hotels: the Wellington, designed by Henry Ives Cobb; Burnham & Root’s Great Northern and Majestic; and Boyington and Jenney’s Grand Pacific. The tour will end at Adams and LaSalle, where the former Midland Hotel lives on as the W, and a bank building designed by D.H. Burnham & Company is now home to the J.W. Marriott. By the end of our walk, we will have a thorough understanding of why this corridor has been home to Chicago’s visitors for 140 years.
All participants in the tour will pay a discounted price equal to 66% of the regular $18.00 per person cost—that is only $12.00 per guest for a 2-hour adventure.
Reservations required. To register, send an email to: dave@windycityroadwarrior.com . Or Contact Me Here: http://windycityroadwarrior.com/Contact.html
Or call me at 312-432-1284.
I hope to see you Strolling Chicago’s Route 66 (and neighborhood) TOMORROW, November 6th, at 12:06!

Reminder: Stroll 66 on October 6th Chicago Walking tour

October 2nd, 2011

Dearborn Station at Polk & Dearborn in Chicago

Dearborn Station at Polk & Dearborn in Chicago, starting point of the October 6th walking tour--click above for more info

…still plenty of room for more folks to join in the fun! A leisurely walk from Dearborn Station to Miller’s Pub in Chicago’s Loop! The walk will include information on history, stories from Chicago’s sordid past, and stops at 2 classic watering holes! Only $12 per person! For more info or to register for the trip, click here: http://windycityroadwarrior.com/blog1/2011/09/09/stroll66-1006/ and/or call Dave at 312-432-1284

Union Station, Springfield IL featured on new blog page

October 2nd, 2011

Union Station, Springfield IL

Union Station, Springfield IL. Click above to go to the Springfield Union Station blog page

On the September 23rd, I had the pleasure of leading a group of La Grange IL middle school students on a trip to Springfield, Illinois. On a break when I had some free time, I took a close look at Springfield’s Union Station. I published pictures of this visit in an album on my Facebook page last week. I have now used those same photos on a dedicated Springfield Union Station blog page with a lot more background information than on the Facebook album.

This new Union Station page is part of my ongoing attempts to add more exclusive content to WindyCityRoadWarrior.com. I will be adding more articles, photos, and research-in-progress projects as time goes on. I would appreciate your feedback about what you like, your critical concerns, and what you would like to see more of in the future. Feel free to comment on this post, send an email to: dave@windycityroadwarrior.com. Or Contact Me Here: http://windycityroadwarrior.com/Contact.html
You can also send me a twitter message Follow windycityroad on Twitter or call me at 312-432-1284.