While walking down Wilson one day in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, I heard loud shouting coming from the diner up ahead of me. As I got nearer, the owner escorted this couple to the sidewalk where their domestic squabble escalated. The two started pushing each other as a crowd gathered around them. I never did learn what the ruckus was over. But I was treated to some R-rated dialog that included “and the horse you rode in on.” And this was just the matinee! The amazing thing: virtually everyone around them took it in stride. Confrontations like this were so common in Uptown, they barely merited a glance. Note the young girl behind the man who is holding the shoes of the mother.