Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

The top of the Crain Communications Building (formerly the Smurfit-Stone) rising above the trees in Millennium Park.  It is a perception photo.  The trees are at least 4 blocks away from where the building sits on the corner of Randolph and Michigan in Chicago. The building was designed to provide a lake view for the maximum of offices and to resemble a boat sail.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

Monument to the Great Northern Migration

Alison Saar’s bronze figure is a testament to the thousands of African Americans who migrated to Chicago in the early 20th century in search of greater freedom and opportunity. The traveler’s hand is raised in salutation to his new home. In his other hand he carries a worn suitcase symbolic of his journey, dreams and talents.

The figure is facing north, symbolizing the traveler’s destination.

My mother’s family was a part of that migration. My father’s family came to Chicago years earlier.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient


Holy Name Cathedral opened in 1874 and became the seat of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  It was built after the Chicago Fire destroyed the Cathedral of St. Mary. An attic fire closed it for most of 2008 and 2009. It’s Midnight Mass on Christmas is broadcast around the world via WGN TV.