brainwad  asked:

Your comment about Chicago decaying made me think of the Dresden Files, & how Harry remarks that Chicago is built on Chicago, bc the swampy ground means everything is slowly sinking. How true is this?

100% true. Chicago is built on a swamp, predominantly between a river and a lake. Supposedly “Chi ka gua” means “swamp of the stinking onions” in a local indigenous language (I thiiiiiink the Potawatomi but I could be mistaken, don’t quote me).  

Prior to the introduction of the grillage in Chicago architecture – again don’t quote me but I believe a Chicago architect invented the grillage to deal with Chicago’s unique challenges – high-rise (for the time) buildings would be constructed with a built-in “sink” measurement, usually between eight and eighteen inches. Ground-level doors were placed slightly above ground level with the expectation that over the course of a year or two, the building would sink as it settled into the swampy soil. If you go to the Rookery Building on a Wednesday and take the Chicago Architectural Society tour they will take you into the service corridors of the building, which is pre-grillage, and you can see the frankly fascinating ways in which the floor of the building warped as it settled. 

A grillage is a series of steel beams layered across one another horizontally, which works a little like a raft, allowing a building to “float” on Chicago’s swampy soil; most buildings from the last century, including the one I live in, have a grillage underneath them. Someday a big earthquake is going to hit and it’s going to look awesome from somewhere other than inside Chicago. 

Additionally, the “Streeterville” neighborhood is named for a pirate and all-round asshole named Streeter who basically salvaged and dumped any goddamn rubbish he could find around a sandbar in the lake until he had literally extended Chicago out into the lake in a large enough swath to create an entirely new neighborhood, which is now one of the most expensive areas to live in. That part of Chicago is very literally built on Chicago, as I believe one of the sources of his rubbish was haul-off from the Great Chicago Fire. 

And to conclude there are parts of Chicago, just south of Streeterville, where factories creating very toxic byproducts dumped industrial waste, so part of Chicago is literally radioactive and you can’t build there without extensive soil studies being done to make sure you won’t kick up the radioactive dust and poison everything in the immediate vicinity. 

Chicago’s municipal motto, by the way, is “Urbs in Horto” which translates as “The City in the Garden”.


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Schweinsteiger to join Chicago Fire

A deal has been agreed upon by Manchester United and the player which will see him joining the MLS team.

I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United,“ said Schweinsteiger. “But I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up the challenge at Chicago Fire.

"I have enjoyed working with the manager, the players and staff here and wish them all the best in the future. But I have to reserve special thanks to the United fans – whose support has been a very special part of my time in Manchester.

"I was delighted to be part of the squad that won the FA Cup for them last season and will always remember their energy and their passion. Now is the right time for me to start a new chapter in Chicago and I am looking forward to it.”

Best of luck, Basti!

Series that I’ve picked up that are similar to the Dresden Files:

-The Iron Druid Chronicles: The gods are real, some are still right assholes and the last living Druid is just trying make a living after a couple of millennia.  It doesn’t last, and the end of the world is ready to go.  Snark, romance, a talking dog and some pretty badass women pepper the series.

-Mick Oberon: It’s Chicago in the 1930′s, and Mick Oberon is just your regular PI.  Except he uses a wand.  And has pointed ears.  And is a couple of centuries old.  You know what?  A Fae PI in 1930′s Chicago, dealing with the Mob, the Unseelie and a baker’s dozen other bad things isn’t normal at all.  Oh, and there’s snark.

-Sandman Slim: James Stark has been locked away for a decade and in that time, his girlfriend died, he lost his house, life has gone to shit, and punk got a whole lot wimpier.  So he’s back to right some wrongs.  With a knife that can kill anything, some Hellion magic and a series that just won’t let up with the action.  It also lets the whole trope of power deescalation take hold.  Yeah, and there’s snark.  Anyone seeing a pattern?

-Alex Verus: Mr Verus is a bit of a one trick pony compared to everyone else here.  He’s not powerful, he can’t blow you up and he doesn’t have gods backing him up. All he can do is see the future.  But sometimes, that’s not enough to stay out of a fight, or keep your greatest fear from raising it’s head.  So when push comes to shove, Verus fights.  And scares the everloving shit out of Harry Dresden in the process.  And guess what?  There’s snark, of the British variety.

-Eric Carter:  This is not a good man.  Don’t try and trick yourself into believing he can be anything but.  But this necromancer tries to fly right and help.  The only downside is that the bodies start piling up and Santa Muerta wants to put a ring on him… Only downsides?  Oh yeah.  Those are just the beginning…

Okay, so Jim Butcher has apparently stated that readers will get to see more of Dad!Harry in Peace Talks. But I think there is a far more important question to be asking here. If Dresden is finally getting back to Chicago, finally sealing the deal with Murphy, finally going to be there to raise his daughter…is Murphy going to get to be Maggie’s MOM? And I mean this very directly. I liked Susan a lot, I would never want Maggie to forget her biological mother, and I’m sure that Maggie knew her as her biological mother, and that they probably got a few opportunities to bond when Susan would visit her at her foster parents’ place.

But I want to see Murphy in the role of a mother. I want her and Maggie interacting, and I don’t want it to be some Karrin/Aunt Karrin/Aunt Murphy thing. I want a scene where she refers to Harry as “Dad” and Karrin as “Mom.”

Originally posted by abottleofjameson

such a youngin'

Boy or girl?

Alex awoke with a quiet groan. He had just gotten back from Chicago after dealing with a client that he was working with for the past month. Needless to say, he was glad to be home with his family. Alex turned to look over at Carlie and smiled, leaning down to kiss her tummy. “My little Emily…” He said, glancing up at his sleeping wife before remaining there for a moment.