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Nine foot lady on stilts walks the Mag Mile


I found a young lady who was more than 8 feet tall. That's because she was wearing stilts.
Lady on stilts floats along Michigan Avenue.

The lady on stilts was one of those cases when I didn’t have time to stop and talk. To this day I have no idea what she was doing, what she was selling or who she was impressing other than me. So there you have it, the lady on stilts. May the peace of the city be on her wherever she might be.

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Man on the street

What can we ever really know about a man on the street? Quite a bit actually if you stop and ask him/her some questions. People will talk to you in Chicago, but start by having your camera holstered for a day or two. What do you see in this guy’s eyes you could be sure of?  How about that hair?

Interesting people go hand in hand with Chicago. Lovely guy.
I don’t know how to describe him other than say he was love/free in a hippy way with a far greater sense of fashion.



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Wrigley in 2012

This is Wrigley in 2012. Sure looks a lot older in this photo. Probably the b&w more than anything. Taken from the Red Line platform. Go Sox.

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Lake Shore Drive Rush Hour, February 2018

Lake Shore Drive. Nice road. Lousy location. Built and maintained to serve Chicago’s wealthy. 

Bust of Potter Palmer house in the Art Institute.

Lake Shore Drive. Nice road. Lousy location. Built and maintained to serve Chicago’s wealthy.  Lake Shore Drive from its earliest days provided entertainment, enjoyment and ease of travel for Chicago’s monied class. As an unpaved trail after the fire until 1882, LSD was a place to see and be seen for the well-heeled one-percenters. The path meandered along the lake providing beautiful views and access to beaches once unreachable by most people. Potter Palmer, enjoyed money, fame and influence. He squatted in the Potter Mansion in 1882. It was the largest and some say the most opulent residence at the time in Chicago. Old Potter needed a convenient way to get downtown. No brainer. He built the patch of LSD that runs from the Gold Coast to State Street.


He was a busy man and worked hard. Think Palmer House Hotel. He was one of the founders of Marshal-Field. He especially enjoyed art created in his likeness. Over the years the LSD has been widened and lengthened, initially to serve the well-to-do, but eventually benefitting tens of thousands of Chicagoans. The Illinois Department of Transportation estimates 150,000 vehicles use LSD on workdays. In terms of transportation of course LSD makes sense, but how about in terms of its location skirting the shoreline of Lake Michigan for 16 miles. Imagine the lake without LSD. There are some plans to improve Lake Shore Drive and access to the beaches by moving parts of the road. Ambitious. 

I need to point out that Potter Palmer was far from evil. The Palmer family was one of  Chicago’s greatest and visionary benefactors. 




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Happy Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog

The Dog’s Personality: Loyal, Honest…

Dogs are loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent. Due to having a strong sense of loyalty and sincerity, Dogs will do everything for the person who they think is most important.

As Dogs are not good at communication, it is difficult for them to convey their thoughts to others. Therefore, Dogs tend to leave others with the impression that they have a stubborn personality.

Born with a good nature, Dogs do not tend to be criminals or seek dishonest gains. They just need a quiet life and a good family and, therefore, forget the ugliness and evil on Earth.

Dogs are always ready to help others and do not care about their own interests, but if they find themselves betrayed by cunning people they will feel shocked and hurt.

When thrown into doubt, Dogs think the world is evil and complicated. Then they criticize sharply when giving comments on something, and infer all things are according to their pessimistic point of view.

Good Health for Dogs

Overall, Dogs enjoy good health for they tend to be happy all the time. Dogs are active at sports so they are resilient to illnesses, such as colds, coughs, and fever.

In heavy work periods and frequent social activities, they should ensure they get plenty of rest in addition to taking proper exercise, which will benefit both their physical and mental health. Since Dogs are not keen about seeking money and power, they feel less stressed and tense at work and in their home life.

Best-Suited Careers for Dogs

Due to their loyal personality, Dogs tend to choose a career based on the principle of serving others. Dogs are seen as valuable employees as they put their heart and soul into their tasks.

They are easygoing and kind, and are always ready to alleviate the workload of others, which makes them very popular in their work circle.

Recommended careers for Dogs include a police officer, scientist, counselor, interior designer, professor, politician, priest, nurse, clerk, and judge.

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Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago

In the beginning Holy Name was not a cathedral church. The history of Holy Name Cathedral Parish is as much the story of Catholic immigrants and their new city, Chicago, as it is the story of bishops and seminaries. The Chicago Fire, the Chicago Subway, and most importantly, the dynamic changes within the city’s population and the Church itself, all left their mark on the Holy Name community. From the Holy Name Website

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