Chicago Pride Parade 2018

I didn’t see much of the parade because, as usual, I was on the float for Chicago’s Bible Bingo from NunsforFun Entertainment. Bible Bingo is another wacky interactive comedy penned by my friend, Vicki Quade, the creator of the popular Late Night Cathechism. The premise of this comedy:

“The parish needs money and the Archdiocese has a new bingo department.
Bring the two together and you have a night of bible trivia, audience interaction,
and the funniest quiz about the Holy Family you’ve ever seen.

Add to that a box of wacky prizes, fun bingo cards, and a lot of Catholic humor. In this interactive bingo show, we actually play bingo! And get the audience talking about everything from Adam & Eve to modern sins.”

It plays at the Royal George Theater 8 pm Fridays and 8 pm Saturdays.
Late Night Catechism plays at the same theater 5 pm Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays.

See the reviews at Trip Advisor here.




Vicki Quade and son Michael


The float with the requisite group picture.


Vicki in action at the parade



While I don’t have any pictures of the parade, I have lots of spectators pictures taken from the float. Here is a bunch of them. Enjoy!

The Garden of the Phoenix, Chicago, June 11, 2018

The Garden of the Phoenix is a new garden at Chicago’s Jackson Park in the southside of the city. It is located just behind the Museum of Science and Industry. The Japanese Garden is just a small part of it.



The Garden of the Phoenix is supposed to symbolize Japan and the USA’s 160-year story of friendship, turmoil and prosperity, according to its website. This garden is home to Yoko Ono’s Skylanding, a public space composed of a revitalized landscape and pavilion.

I joined three other photowalkers (Mark Marshall, Nenad Spasojevic and Lucy HS) for a sunset shoot at the Japanese Garden. However, the sun was nowhere to be found. Just as well because we were able to get beautiful photos (no one was there!) and resolved to come back either during sunrise or another sunset later.

31st St. Beach Sunrise Shoot – June 6, 2018

The harbor here is the newest harbor in the Chicago harbor system. The beach itself is not that wide or big compared to other beaches but the view of the skyline is incomparable. This is the first time we shot here and probably would not be the last.



Bike the Drive – May 27, 2018

Bike the Drive is when Chicago closes practically the whole length of Lake Shore Drive to motor traffic, and open it up to bicycles. It’s quite a spectacle … and a nice Sunday bike ride for participants.



It also is a good practice for me to work on panning. Not as successful as I want to be this time around but … I like the abstract feel of the results. I did have some focused panning but I kind of like these ones. Have a look:

Spring!

Did about a 5-mile walk from Lincoln Park’s North Pond, through to the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Nature Boardwalk, then crossed over Lake Shore Drive to the beaches – Fullerton Beach and North Ave. Beach, then along the breakwater to the Near Northside at Chestnut. Lots of birds about including several green herons in the North Pond as well as in the Nature Boardwalk.



The skyline was not visible though because of the fog … which made photography of people on the breakwater very interesting.

Sun Worshippers, May 8, 2018

I was off on Tuesday, May 8 because of the primary elections that went on in Indiana. Because I am used to getting up early on week days, I was able to go out to Thorndale Beach to watch the sun rise.

There were already people there doing the same thing.



I can’t get enough of sunrise shots.

A Short Walk on Argyle St., April 29, 2018

Argyle St. is known as Chicago’s New Chinatown located in Uptown in the city’s far northside. It is the home of, not only of Chinese businesses but also Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian and Thai shops. I planned to have just an iPhone walk, taking pictures of the murals on the side streets but I ended up eating at the new Hon Kee restaurant and shopping at Viet Hoa for my Filipino groceries and then having dessert at La Patisserie.



Blah Weekend


It was just a so-so weekend, really a time to just rest and laze around the house. I looked out the window on Saturday, saw that it was sunny but cold, so I went back to bed.

On Sunday, I had an errand to do in downtown, so while I was there, I checked out my usual photographic defaults – The Bean and Lurie Garden, nothing much was happening there. I am sure there was something going on somewhere downtown, but I just wasn’t up to doing anything.

I went grocery shopping instead.



Quinceañera Day at the Park

There were at least five quinceanera pictorials at Millennium Park last Saturday, March 24, 2018.



From Wikipedia: The fiesta de quince años is a celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday. It has its cultural roots in Latin America but is widely celebrated today throughout the Americas. The girl celebrating her 15th birthday is a quinceañera.

I was late for the March for Our Lives march as I got caught in a blizzard in Central Indiana on my way from Vincennes in southern Indiana to Chicago. That was scary. There were a lot of spinouts along the way, the most dangerous of which was a semi that spun around and started to face the incoming traffic that was me. After that encounter, I basically was holding traffic as I was driving very very slow until I felt it safe to drive normally (I spun out in a blizzard four years ago, and it was not a good experience).

I was scheduled to arrive in Chicago just at about when the march started, but because of the traffic delay, I got into my building at about 1:30 pm. I still went out to Union Park hoping to catch the tail end of the march and rally – got some pictures of people wandering around with their signs but nothing to write about.

But in Millennium Park was another gathering of sorts – it just so happened that there were many quinceanera pictorials that day – at least 5 – with the girls celebrating their 15th birthday in their majestic bouffant ball gowns – and their court in formal attires as well. I am sure there were many more but at one moment in the park, there were 5 of them. So what else could I do?

At least the day wasn’t wasted.