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Launching New Blog Focused On Chicago

October 31, 2015 Featured No Comments

Eleven years ago today I started UrbanReview | ST LOUIS — A look at public policy, urban planning and related politics in the St. Louis region. That blog was started because a month earlier my father had a heart attack while driving. He lived another 18 months, but that first month I needed a distraction.  Blogging was a perfect fit for me.

Today I’m launching a similar blog with a focus on Chicago, but the reason is far more posiyive. In 2014 a friend bought a small condo in the Streeterville neighborhood, she generously allows family and close personal friends to use it. My husband and I have been four times this year, and I’ll be back for two more days & nights next month. My photos are now nearly 2,000 in number.

Having lived in St. Louis for 25+ years now, I’ve been to Chicago often. A cousin lives in a Western suburb, and visiting IKEA was a routine. My husband was born in Chicago and lived there until he was almost 9.

Our first trip to Chicago together was August 2013, to celebrate his birthday. We returned in 2014 & 2015 — a new tradition. In 2014 we started another tradition — visiting the annual Chicago Auto Show. In February we arrive via Amtrak — our 2016 trip is already booked. We drive up once a year, though parking in Streeterville is expensive.  Other trips are via Megabus. Because of a 2008 stroke I often use a wheelchair — I can’t walk far.

We love exploring, locating a corner vendor selling elote, seeing the building where his grandparents ran a tavern, or checking out the two parks being considered for the Obama Library — Washington & Jackson.

Washington Park
Washington Park

I post six days per week at UrbanReview | ST LOUIS — don’t expect that here. Still getting the blog configured, but Facebook & Twitter are set up.

— Steve Patterson

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