[Dear Roger Ebert Fans: If you are coming here in response to his kind recommendation, he was referring to this earlier post.]
Chicago, Chicago that toddlin’ town.
Chicago, Chicago I will show you around.
I’m not quite sure what toddlin’ is, but I’m sure I did a lot of it this past weekend. Which is great, because Chicago is one city I’ve always passed by for some reason. Except for a wedding I was in and the time I was snowed in at O’Hare for 7 hours waiting for a connecting flight. I loved the Blogher Conference, but one of the best things I did was get out of it and get into Chicago’s streets with real Chicagoans (Chicagoites?) One of the highlights was walking and clicking around the South Loop with a photography group buddy who shall be known by his nom de flickr: Kingdufus. He and I both belong to the Flickr group Project 365, where members commit to taking and posting a picture a day for a year. If many of us know the West through John Ford’s movies, well, I can be said to know Chicago through Kingdufus’s pictures.
So here are some of the highlights with the complete set here (where you might even see a picture of the elusive Kingdufus.) Unfortunately, coming from low-profile San Francisco and Sonoma (where we might have a two story feed barn somewhere), most of my pictures tended to be looking up at all the tall, tall buildings. Luckily The King was there to point out all the details of doors, grates and windows that I would otherwise have missed. I also got his Chicago Curmudgeon’s take on everything from Mayor Daley to cafes taking over sidewalks to Donald Trump.
My conclusion? Well after travelling all over the world, I’m now going to have to firmly declare that Chicago is a WORLD CLASS CITY (with all the caps). Besides the sights, there is a wonderful energy here. But not the sometimes scary, edgy energy of New York. Rather a friendly Midwestern energy (even if nobody in Chicago knows their way around, a theory I tested when I got lost on Thursday night.) In the words of our Governator: I’ll be baaaaack.
At this point, I could do the expected thing and paste in a Frank Sinatra video from YouTube. But I’m going to treat you to Valdemar, the Russian Frank Sinatra:
sounds like a fun tour of chicago…the only way to see it…with the Duf!
Wow! You paint a beautiful picture of the city. I did not picture it to be that clean looking – shame on me!
Just to keep the record straight, we saw the south Loop, not the South Side. The South Side is a place where a lifetime’s study might produce a small amount of insight and where a visit to Lem’s Ribs at just the right Saturday night moment can make it all clear. And that’s just because the only place where there is an East Side is on the South Side.
Neat comments and shots.
I’m just amazed I got anything right. I thought my whole card would be filled with pictures of just looking up. Seems I did manage to take some horizontal or pointing down pictures.
Clearly Chicago deserves a full week, or two, or a month, or several years to see. Again, thanks for a fabulous tour.
..and the question remains unanswered.
What exactly is toddlin’?
Thanks for the travelblog.
Someone told me that Chicago natives call the Picasso sculpture Snoopy. Looks kind of like a winged insect, but huge.
I am at long last starting to read The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. The beginning of Chicago skyscrapers with murder and World’s Fair to boot.
Love the photos. Thank you for the vicarious vacation, Lisa.
these pictures are gorgeous!!! i love them!
Here’s a request…please update on the status of your grape harvest. When is your harvest period up there?
OH, we’ll be getting back into harvest real soon. Could start any time from late August to mid September — depending on the weather. And could extend into November. Very soon, it’ll be all grapes, all the time around here.