Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fulton Street Market, West Loop

I stumbled upon the new development occurring in Chicago's West Loop a few months ago. The El extends out west from the Loop in this area.What is remarkable is that luxury condos are going up across the streets from active meatpacking warehouses.I could only imagine such development occurring in St. Louis; it is amazing to see industry and housing existing next to each other in Chicago.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008


I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to view and photograph the Haymarket Memorial in the West Loop, just east of the Kennedy(?) Expressway. It is a fascinating case of how a city and society chooses to memorialize a controversial event. For about a century, the Haymarket Massacre was commemorated as the site of the deaths of police officers. A statue stood near the Haymarket that showed a police officer on a pedestal; it is the statue that has become infamous in the last month as the one that was blown to pieces by the Weathermen, scattering debris onto the interstate below. The policemen's memorial is now safely tucked away at the Police Academy, while a new memorial, this one commemorating the organizers of the labor strike has risen on the spot of the wagon where the speakers stood. It is not the most striking piece of sculpture, but it is very meaningful. The men who stood atop the wagon were later unjustly persecuted, executed and imprisoned for fighting for safe conditions and a sane work week. People have left various offerings, including crucifixes, stones and other dedicatory inscriptions. Of course, there is the usual dose of bone-headed "anarchist" graffiti from some spoiled rich kid from the suburbs. Of course.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Welcome to Chicago Patina!

I realized this weekend, after taking 200 pictures over the course of 8 hours of shooting, that my St. Louis Patina Blog and Website is too small to cover all the great material I have on the city of Chicago. So behold! A new blog that will feature my photographs from my frequent excursions to the Windy City.