Gary Jackson: Fire When Ready Pottery
A Chicago potter’s somewhat slanted view of clay & play
Categories: Chicago, travel

Traveling is great, but it always feels good to get home again too. Fun to see Chicago through the airplane window… the lakefront, the neighborhoods, the SNOW!!! Colder than Frankfurt… with the promise of a Polar Vortex to welcome me home!

Categories: Chicago, sunset

Pretty fun to see the edge of Lake Michigan where it meets the City…
I’ve seen it SO many times from the ground on my bike, but not very often
from this perspective! Albeit a bit of a slushy looking perspective?!

Categories: Chicago, travel

Finally flying over Chicago with a cold chill & snow all around.
Not quite sure what weather we’ll find on the other end?!

Categories: Chicago

Another beautiful, albeit very chilly, day down on The Pier. It started out a bit gray & dreary & cold… and ended up with nothing but blue skies… and still very cold!!!


And a nice treat at the end of the day… a beautiful sunset skyline from the north doc of Navy Pier

Categories: Chicago, special events

What do you get when you put together over a million translucent balls?…
THE BEACH… an interactive new art installation now at Navy Pier!

As the snow came down and made the City white yesterday, it was so much fun to play at THE BEACHwhich was coincidentally also WHITE?!!! So much fun playing with my “Elves” with a sneak peek before it opened to the public. Over a million balls of fun – now at Navy Pier through February 3rd... and it’ s FREE!!!

For more information about THE BEACH at Navy Pier… click here!



Categories: architecture, Chicago

When playing downtown, I’m always reminded…
some may call it Macy’s, but it will always be MARSHALL FIELDS to me!!!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

So I finally got to ride over the newly-opened Navy Pier Fly-Over this morning! It’s a little steeper than I expected, with a goofy sharp turn at the still-unfinished south end just past Grand Avenue. I was emboldened by the ease of the Fly-Over… so I continued a lot further south than normal this morning.

Maybe a bad idea as my fingers & toes were FREEZING when I got home!!!
Still a bit stiff & tingling… but getting better as I type!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Another beautiful morning along the Lakefront…
albeit a bit cloudy & chilly. Downright frozen in some spots.
Luckily the streets and bike trail were all dry & clear… safe pedaling!!!

Categories: bike, Chicago, sunrise

Loving that we’re less than a week till Christmas.. and I’m still pedaling morning sunrises with no SNOW!!! I’m sure this “gift” from Mother Nature is bound to end at some point… but until thenPEDAL ON!!!

Categories: architecture, Chicago, theater

I’m always in awe of the decorative architectural treatments whenever I visit The Cadillac Palace Theatre. Such amazing craftsmanship… even the amazing dome over the audience with just a hint of hi-tech lighting encroaching.