Reub's journey

02 November 2012

Chicago pics


I love going to Chicago with camera in hand because everywhere you look there's something wonderful to photograph. One only has to venture out the door and down the block from my son's apartment to see the iconic skyline.




Or an alley noir.



Even the view from the window is pretty cool.



Or from the back porch.



Chicago has tons of fun places to dine. There were lines out the door and down the block for this awesome hot dog place. (I highly recommend the smoked Portuguese sausage with saffron.)



Hyperbole at Hot Doug's.



Cool rusted metal witch sculpture on Broadway...or was it Diversey?



Patient city dog.




My grandson examining his daddy's shadow on a sloped playground.


Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo is a good one, and it's free.





Thanks Chicago! I'll be back another day.

30 comments:

  1. Was that smoked Portuguese sausage called linguica?

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  2. My GOODness but you have an eye! Both your primates are extraordinary.

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    1. Thanks Murr. The gorilla was so still and pensive; who could resist taking his picture?

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  3. Can't believe you were so close and we didn't know! When were you visiting? Your pics are gorgeous as ever. I loved living in Chicago - except for the days I knew it was smoggy even before I opened the curtains!

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    1. Yeah I know. The trip was all about one-on-one time with my aging, failing mother in Wis. But I flew out of Chicago, narrowly beating the flight problems caused by Sandy. No smog though.

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  4. Love the way you recognize the city through your rural eyes. Great photos!!!

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    1. The country mouse visits the big city. Yep, that's me!

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  5. so much to love in this post! the reflection shot in the puddle is great! the fire escape shot is divine! the portrait of the gorilla is outstanding! absolutely outstanding!

    and that's not to say anything about the city, itself. i agree - wonderful food, culture, arts. tons of activity going on. i just wouldn't want to live there.

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    1. I think you just named my fave shots. The city offers a candy-land of photo ops! But like you, I'm always glad to get back to the countryside.

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  6. I lived in Chicago for about a year several blocks from the area they called 'New Town'. It was a very cute apartment behind a fourplex, a converted carriage house. still had the hay loft in the back bedroom.

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    1. Chicago is divided into dozens of neat neighborhoods with names. A converted carriage house sounds SO cool. Jealous!

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    1. I did. Linguiça, a Chicago dog (only $2?), fries and a coke. Great little place!

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    2. Hot Doug's really is a wonderful spot. It used to be on Roscoe but it burned down. Every unhealthy eater in the City was happy when they reopened. Although the new spot is a little harder to get to. On Friday and Saturday they have legendary duck fat fries.

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    3. I didn't know it had burned down, but I must count myself among those who are glad it re-opened. I heard about the duck fat fries from my son, a devotee, but we were there on a Thursday. I loved how owner Doug cheerfully took our order, suggesting small cokes so we could refill.

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  8. I really enjoyed all these scenes of Chicago, especially since I've never been. The first shot is simply exquisite and your grandson is precious. How awesome that the zoo is free! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Gail! I can't believe they have a big, elaborate, free zoo, but they have managed somehow. And it was walking distance from B's apartment. Chicago is really worth visiting and I hope you get to go there sometime.

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  9. A unique perspective of the city. You have a good eye. And your grandson... adorable!

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    1. Thanks Hilary. I took quite a few pics and I suppose the perspective would look different if I'd chosen an alternate batch of shots.

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  10. Wow! I love these shots. The gorilla is amazing. And the shot of your grandson somehow feels as iconic as the view of Chicago. I'm looking forward to getting to know your pups. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I'll be following yours!

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    1. Thanks Kathleen. The gorilla's expression was a show stopper for me. I looked at him for quite awhile.

      Your huskies are gorgeous; if you come to any mushing events in OR, let me know. We'll cheer for you.

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  11. i love Chicago .. love its alleys and the zoo is wonderful .. a friend of mine lives within walking distance of the zoo ... and the beach ... did i mention i love Chicago? And your photos of it too!

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    1. Daryl it would be fun to walk around the city with you and your excellent eyes.

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  12. wow - I'm not a city fan but you've done it justice here. Your little grandson is a cutie pie!

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    1. Thanks Pauline. I love visiting big cities, but I've never lived in one. If I had a billion $$ I'd get a little pied a terre in the nearest city (Portland) so I could visit whenever I wanted.

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  13. Amazing shot of that Gorilla - mulling you over in a very human pose. You caught it sublimely.

    I'd love to go to Chicago, sooo many great places to eat. I remember Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations episode and promptly sent my friend to Hot Doug's whilst he was there - he loved it...

    Cool Witch art too

    Saul x

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  14. The shot of the gorilla, viewed through a glass window, is probably one of the best pics I've ever managed to take. His serious eyes follow the viewer everywhere.

    I hadn't heard of Hot Doug's, but son Ben was all over it. Now that you mention Anthony Bourdain I can absolutely see why he would recommend it: not pretentious (nor healthy), but amazing food.

    Put Chicago on your list to visit next time you're traveling in the US!

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  15. That's the first puddle to ever tear me up.

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    1. Your comment cracks me up! Thanks.

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