Chi-Town Ain’t Known For Being Shy ~ Welcome to Chicago

City of Choice = Chicago so let’s take a bird’s-eye view for a meet and greet.

Chicago Down Town View from the Sky — Juno Reactor’s Masters of the Universe.



There’s just something about black and white with a whole lot of grey, literally, that seems to suit an introduction for a city like Chicago, a city known for crime, gangsters, corrupt politicians and a great newspaper columnist by the name of Mike Royko aka “The Man Who Owns Chicago.”  If you don’t know Royko’s work you’re missing out on one of life’s truly witty reading pleasures.  Royko’s columns provided a massive home school educational opportunity for moi. Political viewpoints are not genetically encoded. Who knew? )

Now to lull you into a false sense of serenity…..

Chicago City of Shoulders ~ Andy Davis ~


Awwww, wasn’t that a sweet beginning for a couple? Well, darker reality often follows close upon such heels in Chicago–the film.


Cell Block Tango from Chicago’s Cook County Jail via Chicago the film about murderesses in the city of Chicago. Murder and Chicago go together like snow and winter.  The Cook County Jail is a real place with quite a reputation.



Then there’s the whole police versus the bad guys scenario–though, all too often the two are one and the same in the Windy City.

The Night Chicago Died ~ Paper Lace ~



Number 10 Bus ~ A few city views with Larry Brewer’s own tune.  Who says you can’t go home and leave then do it all again?


This is an original song written and recorded by Larry Brewer off of his 2012 album, Waxing Ardent. It is an ode to growing up in Chicago.……


I Dream of Chicago ~ Parlours ~ Okay, I just love the sound of this song so it’s here.




The Very Best of Chicago ~ by the band Chicago formed and hailed from the city with a stint in LA. See Wiki for more


40th Anniversary Collection
Track Listing:
1. Just You ‘N’ Me 00:00
2. Saturday In the Park 03:42
3. You’re The Inspiration 07:36
4. Baby, What a Big Suprise 11:26
5. Hard to Say I’m Sorry/Get Away 14:30
6. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? 19:37
7. 25 or 6 to 4 22:58
8. If You Leave Me Now 27:50
9. Hard Habit to Break 31:45
10. Old Days 36:30
11. Beginnings 40:01
12. Call On Me 46:28
13. Make Me Smile 50:30
14. Love Will Come Back (w/ Rascal Flats) 54:56
15. Feel (w/Horns) 58:44



Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl Shuffle  ~ Enjoy it anyway you can ladies and gents.



Dead End Street ~ Lou Rawls ~  I do believe Rawls explains it all.



Lincoln Park Pirates ~ Steve Goodman ~ You know about No Parking Zones, don’t you? Towing cars as a city-wide fundraiser can be very profitable.




Yes, it’s an ad for a newspaper hawking its prize writer and vice versa.  Where else but in a tavern would you expect to find a discussion of punctuation?



Mike Royko quotes with a song, the reason for the choice of which I am very unclear about. But Mike’s words make it all right.  Maybe.



Who & Why Royko ~ With background music. I wonder why  it’s so hard to find a song for or about Royko? Someone needs to write one. Or two at the very least. Maybe they have. If you find one, do not hesitate to share it. Please.



We’re All Crazy In Chicago ~~ No, I will not vouch for the veracity of this statement/song. Are you crazy?


A list of songs about Chicago compliments of the wonderful world of Wikipedia



Bear has Nomads, oh yeah

It’s down home in Alabama with Johnny in Mobile







Attack of the plasma screens and flip flop fungi.

Okay, I could pass off this as a vent due to the rising heat index here in the Kansas City metro area but I won’t. I can’t in all honesty just say I’ve got to blow off some real steam one way or another just because it’s way hot and humid and been so for days.  Nope, I won’t blame this rant on Mother Nature’s efforts to broil us off the face of the Earth much the same as a surgeon cauterizes infected puss oozing wounds. I’m going to blame in on all televisions blaring everywhere I venture into–coffee shops, grocery stores, restaurants etc. Is no place television free? And why is every single one got CNN on the screen night and day? What is this, can’t Americans survive anywhere without a television screen? Btw, this is coming from someone with absolutely no intention of purchasing a plasma screen idiot box ever.  The antique tv squatting on a shelf has already been unplugged for the duration of its existence due to the inane nature of most of what races across its screen.  Judging from the contents of most news shows it seems Americans are assumed to be thinking with the mental clarity of a sedated five-year old. Perhaps they are if they’re engaged by the boob’s tubes. The only thing worse is the gibberish on many radio stations. I’ve managed to avoid most of this garbage by simply tuning it out. But recently I ventured into a BBQ establishment on a quest for some sweet potato fries and tender pulled pork swimming in a rich sauce. Found the food. Settled down to  feed my growling tum tum and the radio began blasting some list of strange factoids about the unhealthy nature of flip flops as footwear. I’m not kidding, this guy was actually being paid to yap and yap about flip flops on a lizard controlled radio station.  Now with environmental disasters surfacing around the Earth, a few wars running on and on and  on, and the growing anger and desperation of the  unemployed whose jobs have been outsourced to parts unknown, you’d think there was more substantial material for a radio personality to flap his jaws about. But no. Apparently we need to ESCAPE from the realities of our world and float on flip flops out to the wading pools of fantasy land. Yeah, right, like exposing flip flops fungi issues will solve anything ever.

Hence I offer up Democracy Now! which airs on over 800 radio and television stations much to the chagrin of media outlets who ‘follow’ their lead when they’re not too afraid of the content.  I remember reading the Chicago newspapers as a kid. Newspapers with all sorts of independent reporters and serious columnists  like the late great Mike Royko who raised serious issues and debates. That sort of journalism and thoughtful writing is getting harder and harder to find. But it’s there at Democracy Now! and other independent news reporters.  Haven’t seen anything like on those plasmas sprouting everywhere. I wonder if they do double time as Orwellian spy machines?

Democracy Now! airs at 8 am Monday thru Friday on KKFI. Other news programs like Counterspin, GRIT Radio, Alternative Radio, The Heartland Labor Forum and War News Radio among others can also be discovered at which streams online .

So if you’re sick of listening to grown men yap about flip flop fungus surf into  RADIO LIKE YOU’VE NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE while you’re blogging about more than summer toe fun.

To discover more about Mike Royko- here’s a start

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