Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday fun activity—Where IS this?

    Talk about serendipity.
    I've been fighting a cold this week; even stayed home to rest on Wednesday, which is something I hardly ever do, and set my wife speculating when the last time it happened.
     "Years?" she wondered. 
    "Probably," I replied. "No idea." I soon was on the mend, but on Friday I thought I had better undergird my recovery with a big bowl of hot soup. My brother, whom I meet about every week for lunch, said he knew just the place ... well, I better not go into details, lest I give it away. Very good soup. I'll tell you all about it after somebody cracks this.
     Or doesn't.
      After lunch, rather than exiting the restaurant into the street, my brother head into an intriguing side lobby entrance of this building, with me following like a pull-toy duck. I'm rewarded with this ornate cut lead screen. Fantastic, isn't it? You don't really see it from the sidewalk, you have to step inside. All because I had a cold. Lucky me. 
      So where is this lovely lattice? Somewhere in the Loop is the only hint I'll give. Maybe everybody knows this thing, but I had never seen it before bumbling upon it on Friday. Have you? The winner gets ... something good, I'm tired of giving away books, makes them seem common ... this lovely maroon t-shirt from the Sonya Shankman Orthogenic School, whatever that is. It's never been worn, to my knowledge, 100 percent cotton, no size on the tag but it seems large. I have no idea how I got it, but it has sat in a drawer in my office for some span of years. It's been freshly laundered, so it's ready to wear, and all yours if you can guess today's puzzle. Good luck. Remember to post your answers below.  


Well, at least it wasn't cracked by 12:03 a.m., the way it sometimes is, but this one was guessed correctly — 182 W. Lake — at about 11 a.m. The 1930 building has been redone into condos and the grille work, I discovered, is by a little-known Chicago master named Edgar Miller. Step inside and take a look some time. The restaurant, opened less than a year, is Ajida Japanese Grill & Ramen. The miso oodon was supurb for $13 and, unsurprisingly, by the next day my cold was completely gone.  That's worth a visit too. The wait staff was extraordinarily friendly and helpful, too.


  1. I don't know where the lattice work is but I do know anyone would be proud to wear the lovely shirt from The Orthogenic School which is a school for profound emotional disturbances. I looked it up.

    1. That's interesting. Now I'm really pulling that nobody's wins, so I can keep the shirt. ; )

  2. Board of Trade?

  3. You might have a stumper there Neil. I'm going to just put up a Hail Mary and guess Two North Riverside Plaza.

  4. Replies
    1. Yes! Congratulations. Send your address to and I'll send you your shirt. How did you know where it was?

    2. I pass it on the L all the time as the train turns north off of Lake to Wells or goes west on Lake. There used to be a sign that covered up the Trustee's System carved sign, but I don't remember what it was. I do see all of the carved figures on the building though.

  5. Hampton Inn, Madison Street


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