I had to meet up with my niece, Joy and her brood (who blitzed Chicago from Canada) at Seafood City on Elston in the far northwestside of Chicago last Sunday. I Ubered going there from my place in Edgewater on the northside of Chicago, which turned out to be expensive because Sunday morning was considered a busy period time for the ride sharing service. Not wanting to be stiffed by Uber again, going back home, I asked Jena, another cousin who also met up with our niece, to drop me off the Blue Line station near their home and that necessitated me to go through downtown to catch either the Red Line or the 147 Bus back to Edgewater.
And so, instead of going directly home, I dilly dallied around downtown ending up having an impromptu 4-mile walk. Which was fine because I haven’t been keeping up with my 14-mile walk a week for a few weeks now.
So from Washington and State, I went to Millennium Park, went around there, then to Lakeshore Drive and Monroe, then walked along the lakeshore to the Shedd Aquarium and then to Adler Planetarium. It’s my usual route but this time, it was a little bit harder of a walk because of the cold and occasional snow and the part where the lakeshore curved along the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium was not passable. That part was iced out and beautiful. So I stayed there for a little while, taking photos of the ice-covered vegetation.
By the time I reached Adler, my fingers were numb, so I went home, taking the 146 bus which stopped right there at the Adler.
A member of the Drink and Click Chicago group flew in from Monroe, LA (she flies in to see the opera) last Veterans Day weekend – perfect timing for the November themed photowalk, the theme of which I totally forgot. Hah!
But it was Veterans Day, so it was fitting to photograph the Vietnam Memorial on the Riverwalk after which we walked south to see the autumn colors which finally arrived at Millennium Park.
In part 2 of the walk, Tim K. took us to the 8th floor deck of a parking structure in the loop (on Wells and Lake) to shoot the trains crossing in the junction of Clark and Lake below. Several lines pass through here – Brown, Green, Pink, Orange, and Purple – so every few minutes, you will see one or two lines on the tracks.
This is a very popular site to shoot the tracks from above, but I have never been here. I’ve been in the other parking lots shooting trains from above, but not this one.
Play it by ear because we didn’t have any idea where to go. We just let the conversation bring us to wherever … around the Loop and then to Chinatown, specifically the Ping Tom Memorial Park along the south branch of the Chicago River!
Saturday’s walk in the loop was a quick one – Millennium Park, then the Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza. It was just too crowded anywhere to make good shots. Even making people shots were difficult because there were always people blocking my views. Or trying to get into the frame.
November 19, 2016. The plan was to take pictures of the skyline at the Adler Planetarium, but I got caught amid the throng of revelers waiting for the Lights Festival Parade on the Magnificent Mile to begin. I was contemplating on staying and photographing the parade BUT I got claustrophobic. With my right eye totally blind now, it has became quite difficult for me to navigate amid crowds.
So I got out of there, walked aimlessly west of the Mag Mile, then headed south to the loop and ended up in Millennium Park, my default photo place. Well, at least, I got to see the Christmas Tree that got lit up the day before.