Chicago: The City That Works

This post is one of the winners of ChicagoNow's Best Posts of April 2019

Plus, the Trib used my photo as its feature.  Yay!


CHICAGO:  THE CITY THAT WORKS

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We moved out of the city several years ago, but we go back often enough.  And each time we do, I’m still excited to hear the noises, see the citizens, and watch the sights on our travels. Chicago offers so much.  We’re very aware of its restaurants, theatre, museums, sports teams and lakefront.

Beyond that, Chicago remains a melting pot, bringing many cultures together for one big show.  The three of us spent a recent Saturday running errands in Chicago; as always, I loved seeing others go about their own business.  My lovely daughter called shotgun, so I sat in the backseat -- hence the amateur photos from an awkward angle...


THE CITY THAT WORKS

My husband picked up an old Pioneer stereo on E-Bay.  The repairman on North Broadway remains our favorite go-to for getting this thing back to its original force.

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SO MUCH TO SEE

I spotted a man riding his bike with a bird cage tied to the back fender.  In it was a parakeet on its swing, enjoying the day with its owner.

We stopped at Revolution Brewing on Milwaukee Avenue and snapped a street scene.  Got yelled at by a different bicyclist:  "Watch the bike lane!"

Just don’t forget to pay at the Pay Box.  And stay out of the bike lane!

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Next there was a white Jeep with a child's pink Barbie truck strapped to its roof.  Unfortunately, the light turned green, so there went that photo opportunity.

And then there’s Café Mustache.  I told you this city is interesting.

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Meanwhile, the AM radio sports announcer filled us in on the White Sox game:  "Here comes Santana  One ball, two strikes.  Seattle leads.  Crowds are standing pole to pole on the concourse."  Ah, some things never change...

City sticker anyone?   Unfortunately, I’ve been ticketed a couple times when I forgot to purchase one.  You can pay your fines at City Hall.  You're welcome.

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THERE WAS SINGING

"Why am I singing Total Eclipse of the Heart?" my daughter asked to no one in particular.  I chuckle to myself... she knows more lyrics to songs from my era than those of her own.

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We drove behind this vehicle for a while.  I never got a look at the driver, but it looks tempting.

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I DROVE MY FAMILY NUTS

"You're like a Japanese tourist," my husband teased, as I kept asking him to slow down so I could take a picture.  The two of them tried their best to thwart my enthusiasm, but I pressed on in the name of art.

This street scene reminded me of my Grandpa Van Howe, walking into the corner store.  He wore a hat like that.
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You can find whatever you want in Chicago.  Wedding dresses anyone?

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And here’s where the bride and groom can pick out their cake.

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We saw a mother and daughter out on a sunny Saturday afternoon – courtesy of the CTA.

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There were more choices on wedding gowns...

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A day of errands isn’t complete without a hot tea with skim milk.  There was a Peep doughnut involved as well.

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We ended the day watching the planes approach O’Hare.  This was not my idea (ahem).

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One more…
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And so there it is, folks.  Another fine day in Chicago.

Enjoy your city.  Take pictures.  Have fun.  Good day everyone.


Thank you for reading.  PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST

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