The announcement that Oprah's television season debut show will shut down N. Michigan
Avenue for a couple of days, and Mayor Richard M. Daley's reaction that he thinks it's wunnerful is another sign of just how goofy this city can get. (The story is here.)
As if North Michigan Avenue, one of the nation's premier shopping districts needs Oprah's endorsement, Daley is hailing it as a great PR coup. The people who will be inconvenienced by this self-promotion can go shag themselves.
What, pray tell, is Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for? Last year, it was good enough for one of her other show tapings. It's one of the greatest venues in Chicago which, as its
publicity states, is "one of the most technologically advanced outdoor concert venues in the world, with digital innovations and enhanced sound, designed to create an acoustical environment that provides an unforgettable listening experience."
Can't argue with that.
So with this gem available, why should we close down one of the busiest thoroughfares in Chicago? The pavilion has 4,000 seats and room for 7,000 more people on the lawn. Grant Park itself can accommodate even more.I seem to recall that almost a million people crowded in there years ago for an appearance of Pope John Paul II. Equal numbers go there for the Fourth of July, Venetian Night and Taste of Chicago.
Apparently that's not big enough for Oprah's ego.