People

The people who live and work here, and readers share their memories.

THE PEOPLE

A Daley Center mystery: Who lives there?

According to the 2000 census, just 389 people listed a Loop address as their primary residence, a number that seems surprisingly small until you consider that nearly all the buildings there are office, commercial or public space.  More...

THE PEOPLE

The Street Preacher

Samuel Chambers only wants the best for you.  More...

THE PEOPLE

The Shoe Repair Shop Guy

If Webster's Dictionary listed an antonym for "soulless suburban mall shoe repair," you'd find that listing under B.  More...

THE PEOPLE

The Cop on the Beat

Almost every morning at 6 a.m., Casey Stadnicki goes looking for trouble.  More...

THE PEOPLE

The Retail District Cheerleader

From his small office over-looking the "L," the chief of the Loop's semi-official Booster Club is spouting no small plans.  More...

THE PEOPLE

The Bar Owners

Walk into Cal's Liquors at the corner of Wells and Van Buren Streets 'round about 11 p.m. on any given Friday night, and you'll find yourself in a lone out-post of crashing noise and youthful ardor amid the quiet desolation that overtakes the southern edge of the Loop after dark.  More...

THE PEOPLE

The CTA Motorman

After 37 years as a CTA motorman, what retired train operator Elwood Flowers remembers most about the Loop isn't the vast cityscape. Steering several tons of steel at 55 miles an hour is no time to sightsee.  More...

THE PEOPLE

The Office Worker Who Faces the 'L'

There are times when Susan DeVries is on the telephone and a caller, after hearing loud rumbling, will ask: "What is that? A train going through your office?"  More...

THE PEOPLE

The Resident

Phany Tum has been living in the Loop only since December, but it hasn't taken her long to sum up the neighborhood night-life: "Zero."  More...

THE PEOPLE

The Student

Living in the Loop, says 19-year-old architecture student Mary Lou Ibadlit, is like living "on a movie set."  More...

THE PEOPLE

Readers remember lost shops, restaurants

On Monday, we asked readers to share with us their memories of Loop shops and restaurants that had closed. We expected a few. We got hundreds. Here are some of the best.  More...

Part 1: History

Just why is it called "The Loop"? And other answers to questions you may never have thought to ask.  More...

Part 2: Curiosities

Pigeons, alleys, places you can't go, a quiz and more.  More...

Part 3: A tour

Join us on a most unusual tour: The prettiest places, the ugliest places, places good for eating and shopping, and more.  More...

Section 4: Imagery

Photos over, under and around the Loop. Plus literary treats.  More...

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