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Chicago In Song: Hobo Hub

By Don Jacobson
If you go by popular song lyrics, there is no one in Chicago who is not a drunken, miserable wreck.

Posted on February 1, 2010

Chicago In Song: Truckin' and Druggin'

By Don Jacobson
Chicago's reputation as a drug-infested city of broken dreams has hardly ever been put so succinctly into a song lyric.

Posted on November 15, 2008

Chicago In Song: Leader of the Lame

By Don Jacobson
Thanks for driving me into the arms of punk.

Posted on May 20, 2008

Chicago In Song: Algren Holds Steady

By Don Jacobson
Nelson Algren channeled through Midwestern punk.

Posted on November 19, 2007

Chicago In Song: The O'Hare Blues

By Don Jacobson
While I've never given Chicago many props for being cold, I will forever doff my hat to its ultimate supremacy in the field of crappy airline experiences.

Posted on October 1, 2007

Chicago In Song: Street Signs

By Robert Pruter
The 63rd Street Stroll was the South Side's new "sin strip." The attraction was "the forbidden": Jazz, rhythm and blues, smoking, drinking, dope dealing and women.

Posted on August 13, 2007

Chicago In Song: Cubs 'N Roses

By Don Jacobson
Funny. Izzy Stradlin says you need to pack a piece while hanging with GNR. But not in Chicago. Now that's a riot.

Posted on June 4, 2007

Chicago In Song: Good and Violent

By Don Jacobson
Normally I'd go on about how this tune fits into two Chicago sub-genres: Using the wintry city as a metaphor for the cold emptiness one feels from a love gone wrong, and the skyline representing the hubris of human striving against the ultimate reality of the blackness of eternal night. Yeah, normally I'd do that, but not this time.

Posted on April 17, 2007

Chicago In Song: Self-Inflicted Wounds

By Don Jacobson
DuPage equals death. Wicker Park is warped.

Posted on March 16, 2007

Chicago In Song: Rock and Fire

By Don Jacobson
Daniel Lanois provides an artsier take on Chicago than the usual poverty-stricken, gangster-haven imagery. Hank Williams takes us back to traditional Great Chicago hellfire.

Posted on January 2, 2007

Chicago In Song: Dino and the Stewbums

By Don Jacobson
Dean Martin hanging with the Outfit in Wheeling, and the Handsome Family hanging with the stewbums on Ashland, both evoke the gritty side of Chicago in beautifully stirring ways.

Posted on November 16, 2006

Chicago In Song: Destination Chicago

By Don Jacobson
Who knew Chicago was the place to go to heal a broken heart.

Posted on September 24, 2006

Chicago In Song: Hater's Paradise

By Don Jacobson
Are we really such a hellhole?

Posted on July 23, 2006

Chicago In Song: Hard Times, Tough Love, Big City

By Don Jacobson
Chicago is clearly a stand-in for Hell itself.

Posted on April 18, 2006

Chicago in Song: 20 Flight Rock

Eddie Cochran got McCartney into the Beatles.

Posted on March 2, 2006

Chicago in Song: (Mostly) A Wretched Place

Songwriters have identified Chicago with elevators, poverty, transportation, political protest, and drugs.

Posted on February 26, 2006

MUSIC - The Week In Chicago Rock.
TV - Vizio Settles Spying Complaints.
POLITICS - WikiLeaks Reveals Staggering Breadth Of CIA Hacking.
SPORTS - Beachwood Sports Radio: Northwestern Still Sucks.

BOOKS - Bannon, The Best And The Brightest.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Beachwood Photo Booth: A Jukebox Is Not A Democracy.


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