retail therapy

The original home shopping frenzy

All about Sears! “As they branched out into other product lines, including sewing machines, bicycles and even cars, their catalogue steadily increased in size. By 1908 it offered more than 100,000 items over 1,400 pages, weighed four pounds and was […]

oh, chicago

Faster trains are the only hope for Blue Line

The train line through my neighborhood (connecting downtown to O’Hare) is notoriously crowded these days. Everyone complains, but there’s no easy fix. There isn’t enough electricity to power more trains, and the curved tracks prevent them from adding more cars […]