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In the French oyster farming village of Cancale. They do taste like the ocean!
10/06/2023

In the French oyster farming village of Cancale. They do taste like the ocean!

Mont-Saint-Michel is mind boggling and awe inspiring. And also (as a Parisian friend says) a tourist trap since the 15th...
10/05/2023

Mont-Saint-Michel is mind boggling and awe inspiring. And also (as a Parisian friend says) a tourist trap since the 15th Century. I loved it!

Monet’s Garden in Giverny an hour and a half outside of Paris. Monet lived and worked here from 1883 to 1926.  Multiple...
10/04/2023

Monet’s Garden in Giverny an hour and a half outside of Paris. Monet lived and worked here from 1883 to 1926.  Multiple gardeners tended the grounds, including the water lilies Monet immortalized. After Monet’s death, it became a ruin. Later restored with funding from American philanthropists.

Greetings from Paris!  ( I’m vacationing, not filming). Restoration of the Cathedral of Notre Dame as well underway!
10/03/2023

Greetings from Paris! ( I’m vacationing, not filming). Restoration of the Cathedral of Notre Dame as well underway!

Spotted some real gems on a road trip to Iowa last weekend. Louis Sullivan’s amazing “jewelbox“ bank in Grinnell, an old...
09/26/2023

Spotted some real gems on a road trip to Iowa last weekend. Louis Sullivan’s amazing “jewelbox“ bank in Grinnell, an old Grinnell College building encased in a new one, and the former Iowa State capitol building from the 1840s on the campus of the University of Iowa.

After the class of 2027 procession through Cobb Gate (yes... from "When Harry Met Sally") we are now proud UChicago pare...
09/21/2023

After the class of 2027 procession through Cobb Gate (yes... from "When Harry Met Sally") we are now proud UChicago parents.

Mies Van Der Rohe's lawsuit against Edith Farnsworth in 1953.  She was refusing to pay the remaining $3,673.09 on the to...
09/13/2023

Mies Van Der Rohe's lawsuit against Edith Farnsworth in 1953. She was refusing to pay the remaining $3,673.09 on the total construction cost of $74,045.19. Mies won. Imagine buying the Edith Farnsworth house today for $74K!

Wheeee!
09/09/2023

Wheeee!

First time driving an electric boat in the river. Fun! With Mark Chrisler whose podcast the Constant solved the mystery ...
09/08/2023

First time driving an electric boat in the river. Fun! With Mark Chrisler whose podcast the Constant solved the mystery of a sunken submarine found in the Chicago River in 1915 by diver “Frenchy” Deneau.

Just got an update on Chance the Snapper! Via Zoom, Alligator Robb told us Chance is now more than 6 feet long and livin...
09/06/2023

Just got an update on Chance the Snapper! Via Zoom, Alligator Robb told us Chance is now more than 6 feet long and living happily (and feistily) with his alligator and crocodile friends in a sanctuary in St. Augustine, Florida. But who abandoned Chance in the Humboldt Park Lagoon in 2019 remains a Chicago mystery.

No. I’m not switching jobs.  WGN TV’s Tom Skilling helped us investigate reports of a UFO at O’Hare airport in 2006. Al...
09/02/2023

No. I’m not switching jobs. WGN TV’s Tom Skilling helped us investigate reports of a UFO at O’Hare airport in 2006. Aliens? Or a rare weather phenomenon? Another Chicago mystery for our upcoming show.  And I got to spend the morning with Tom Skilling!

Shermann Dilla Thomas aka 6figga_dilla. Takes us on his Chicago Mahogany Tours bus to solve some South Side mysteries in...
09/01/2023

Shermann Dilla Thomas aka 6figga_dilla. Takes us on his Chicago Mahogany Tours bus to solve some South Side mysteries in our upcoming show. Nice ride!

Salvador Dali is today’s Chicago Mystery. Who is the figure hidden beneath the paint in this work at the Art Institute? ...
08/30/2023

Salvador Dali is today’s Chicago Mystery. Who is the figure hidden beneath the paint in this work at the Art Institute? Just one of several art mysteries we unravel in our upcoming show.

Why is the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Niles, Illinois?  Two of the bells date from the early 1700s and came from a church ...
08/28/2023

Why is the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Niles, Illinois? Two of the bells date from the early 1700s and came from a church in Italy! Author Jessica Mlinaric and Niles, Illinois mayor George Alpogianis helped us solve this Chicago Mystery for our upcoming show. (The tower is not currently open to the public, but we got special permission, to climb to the top!)

Malort face! At the historic Green Door Tavern, Monica Eng helped me unravel another Chicago mystery. Why is a shot of M...
08/24/2023

Malort face! At the historic Green Door Tavern, Monica Eng helped me unravel another Chicago mystery. Why is a shot of Malort and an Old Style chaser called a “Chicago handshake” when neither beverage originated in Chicago?

Memo to self for next year: EARPLUGS!
08/19/2023

Memo to self for next year: EARPLUGS!

Legend says the little girl buried here in Graceland Cemetery died when struck by lightning after her mom left her out i...
08/16/2023

Legend says the little girl buried here in Graceland Cemetery died when struck by lightning after her mom left her out in a storm. Not true! History sleuth Adam Selzer from Mysterious Chicago gave us the real story. No spoilers here. The show comes out next spring.

What is Chicago’s oldest monument (erected 1838) doing on a remote stretch of industrial lakefront at the Illinois-India...
08/14/2023

What is Chicago’s oldest monument (erected 1838) doing on a remote stretch of industrial lakefront at the Illinois-Indiana border? Another Chicago Mystery from our filming last week!

Filmed one of our Chicago mysteries yesterday. Why is nuclear waste buried underneath Red Gate Woods forest preserve in ...
08/11/2023

Filmed one of our Chicago mysteries yesterday. Why is nuclear waste buried underneath Red Gate Woods forest preserve in the southwest suburbs?

First week of filming my new WTTW, special, “Chicago Mysteries“. Debuting in March 2024. We’re in the basement vault at ...
08/09/2023

First week of filming my new WTTW, special, “Chicago Mysteries“. Debuting in March 2024. We’re in the basement vault at the University of Chicago Library today.

Thirty-Five years ago tonight...
08/08/2023

Thirty-Five years ago tonight...

Fun to see some of you in the audience last night at Steppenwolf!  The artichoke dip was unexpectedly delicious consider...
08/05/2023

Fun to see some of you in the audience last night at Steppenwolf! The artichoke dip was unexpectedly delicious considering that neither my very funny interviewer, Lauren Hooberman (center) nor I know how to cook. Our emcees were hilarious too. Colleen Brennan (right) and Amy Sumpter (left). I'm told Amy is part of a Beastie Boys cover band. That is not a typo.

Great seats! Cubs are currently leading the 1st place Cincinnati Reds by score of 13 to 3 after five-1/2 innings.
08/02/2023

Great seats! Cubs are currently leading the 1st place Cincinnati Reds by score of 13 to 3 after five-1/2 innings.

A guest on one of my WTTW river cruises earlier this month sent these wonderful photos.  Amazingly, shot on a smartphone...
07/31/2023

A guest on one of my WTTW river cruises earlier this month sent these wonderful photos. Amazingly, shot on a smartphone! He has a great eye. Photo credit: Larry Larson

If you’ve been to St. Louis, you know what I’m talking about! A legendary Route 66 roadside attraction.
07/30/2023

If you’ve been to St. Louis, you know what I’m talking about! A legendary Route 66 roadside attraction.

Come see me make my Steppenwolf Theatre debut on August 4th. (Or at least my debut on the Steppenwolf stage...).  It's a...
07/27/2023

Come see me make my Steppenwolf Theatre debut on August 4th. (Or at least my debut on the Steppenwolf stage...). It's a comedy cooking show. One night only. (Did I remember to tell them I don't know how to cook???).

07/24/2023

The Mackinac Bridge. 3 miles from the finish line. We finished around noon today. Another great adventure!

07/23/2023

Approaching Sleeping Bear Dunes.  We’ve had some wild winds, and some patches of light air. A little bit of lightning and thunder and some light rain. Probably one more night to go before we finish.

About to set sail on my 14th or 15th Chicago to Mackinac Race (I’ve lost count).  Off the grid until we get there! 
07/21/2023

About to set sail on my 14th or 15th Chicago to Mackinac Race (I’ve lost count). Off the grid until we get there! 

Wow. It’s happening.
07/17/2023

Wow. It’s happening.

Great backstory from my WTTW colleague Daniel Hautzinger.
07/12/2023

Great backstory from my WTTW colleague Daniel Hautzinger.

The Moorish Revival building in River North was initially built for the Shriners, but has seen a circus, demolition threats, the Dalai Lama, an early MLK Day celebration, a Bloomingdale's, and more over its more than century of existence.

Amazing cave-like new building by Chicago's own Jeanne Gang for the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.
07/11/2023

Amazing cave-like new building by Chicago's own Jeanne Gang for the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.

Studio Gang designed the Gilder Center, which features a massive cavernous atrium, for Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History.

Yuck.  Flooded Riverwalk yesterday.  To prevent further flooding, the lock at the river mouth had to be opened (see phot...
07/03/2023

Yuck. Flooded Riverwalk yesterday. To prevent further flooding, the lock at the river mouth had to be opened (see photo), releasing wastewater into the lake. Photos from my some of my fellow Chicago Architecture Center river tour docents.

I usually post about history, not personal things.  But this happens to be both:Happy 70th wedding anniversary to my bel...
06/28/2023

I usually post about history, not personal things. But this happens to be both:
Happy 70th wedding anniversary to my beloved parents. You read that right... SEVENTY years ago today, and still going strong! Incredible.

Perfect conditions all week in Northern Michigan.
06/24/2023

Perfect conditions all week in Northern Michigan.

Stephen Colbert, sporting a beard these days. He’s in town for an event to support my friends at Lookingglass theater co...
06/16/2023

Stephen Colbert, sporting a beard these days. He’s in town for an event to support my friends at Lookingglass theater company.

Filming the newly restored dome in the newly restored G.A.R Memorial Mall in the Cultural Center. Mind blowing!
06/14/2023

Filming the newly restored dome in the newly restored G.A.R Memorial Mall in the Cultural Center. Mind blowing!

Something I look forward to every year at this time. No peeking if you haven’t solved it yet!
12/28/2022

Something I look forward to every year at this time. No peeking if you haven’t solved it yet!

City in a Snow Globe. Fun ideas for loving winter in Chicago at the Chicago Architecture Center.
12/23/2022

City in a Snow Globe. Fun ideas for loving winter in Chicago at the Chicago Architecture Center.

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