Archive for November, 2013

Billy Goat owner Sam Sianis behind the register of his famous tavern. ‘We’re not going to move,’ he said Tuesday. ‘We’re not going to look for another space.’ Back on the home page of WBEZ today with my story about the potential demise of Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern. Click here to read.


CCTV Headquarters in Beijing. The Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat named this unusual skyscraper ‘Best Worldwide’ Thursday. (AP/Vincent Thian)  BY ROBIN AMER  Beijing locals know the building that houses China’s state-run television station by its affectionate nickname: “Big Pants.” From certain angles, the skyscraper resembles a pair of shiny silver trousers straddling the […]


It’s been ten years since Ian called me late one Friday to say that he and 60 other people were being evicted. It was January, it was frigid, and they had to be out by morning. The fire inspectors were coming then, and whatever was left in the building would be destroyed. Ian lived in an […]


BY ROBIN AMER Ravon Pugh and his girlfriend, Sandra Benson, sit in their apartment in the Darlington Hotel, a single room occupancy building in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Their surroundings are modest: The linoleum floor is worn and the walls look like they have been painted a hundred times. Milk crates double as furniture. The couple has their own bathroom, but no […]



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