The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.

Watch Your Head: Bad Things Happen When Stuff Falls From the Sky

By JoshMogerman in News on Jul 3, 2011 4:00PM

Hail Balls [swanksalot]
Good things rarely happen when hard stuff falls from above. Sure, frogs and flocks of birds make for interesting end of the world talk, but they aren’t common. Mundane objects wreak a lot more havoc as a pair of Chicago incidents made clear this week.

You would have to be living under a rock and have no access to Twitter or TV news to be unaware of Thursday’s violent hailstorm. Nowhere in the City was the frozen rain rocks' toll clearer than the glass roofs of Garfield Park Conservatory. Many are gone, leading to the closure of the 100-year-old West Side attraction yesterday. The doors will open again today, but the Fern Room, Show House, Desert House and Aroid House will remain off limits to the public as the Park District grapples with the carnage left in the storm’s wake.

Hail is bad. Bricks are worse. Two people are in the hospital today after bricks fell off the First Avenue overpass on the Eisenhower Expressway, shattering their car’s windshield. Just like on those TV commercials, mayhem ensued.

Keep your eyes on the skies folks.