By Don JacobsonIf you go by popular song lyrics, there is no one in Chicago who is not a drunken, miserable wreck.
Posted on February 1, 2010
By Don JacobsonChicago'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
By Don JacobsonThanks for driving me into the arms of punk.
Posted on May 20, 2008
By Don JacobsonNelson Algren channeled through Midwestern punk.
Posted on November 19, 2007
By Don JacobsonWhile 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
By Robert PruterThe 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
By Don JacobsonFunny. 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
By Don JacobsonNormally 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
By Don JacobsonDuPage equals death. Wicker Park is warped.
Posted on March 16, 2007
By Don JacobsonDaniel 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
By Don JacobsonDean 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
By Don JacobsonWho knew Chicago was the place to go to heal a broken heart.
Posted on September 24, 2006
By Don JacobsonAre we really such a hellhole?
Posted on July 23, 2006
By Don JacobsonChicago is clearly a stand-in for Hell itself.
Posted on April 18, 2006
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