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Wait a minute... maybe the magic shop was in the Palmer House.
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Wow, so much. Can't remember all I saw. The Rookery, The Chicago Tribune building which at the top must be the most beautiful and intricate structure I've seen. I've seen their old public library that the Mayor wanted to be torn down but his wife said "No!" I saw the train looping around The Loop and Lake Michigan, the most gigantic body of water I've seen...that is a lake. We walked Michigan Avenue, and a street named after Don ( "Soul Train" ) Cornelius. We went into a hotel that just hurt my heart it was so beautiful, the bar...the whole setting I'd love to film in there. I wanted to stop and take more pix, but it looked better to just keep up the pace with ChiO. It seemed so weird to have a river running in the middle of the City, but picturesque. Grant Park, the Sears building ( I think ) and in the distance the building that Oprah lives in.

I met the gentleman who runs the Billy Goat Inn where the Saturday Night Live skit re: "Cheezeberger! Cheezeberger! Cheezeberger!" was inspired. We had some drinks and then pressed on. My six hour layover was sadly, quickly dwindling. I got a little nervous crossing one of the bridges/walkways when I looked down and between the slats, I saw the water. Yeah, I'm a big bad movie Maven. Can quip with the best of 'em. But when I saw that water in between the slats, I had to grab ChiO's arm quick fast and in a hurry. We ended the tour in the Greek part of town where chi chi hipsters were eating and congregating. Hmmmm...just like New York.

New York's got nothing on Chicago. I've got to get back there and take a bus tour. The city was laid out nicely, made me think of Providence Rhode Island, and had the most beautiful architecture. Ooooh, what my friend David could do with his camera.

Thank you ChiO for spending time with me in your beloved city. We didn't talk about movies nearly enough. Hmmm - six hours...and that was too short a time. Hey, enjoy your trip to Dewey's San Francisco "noir-tinged" film fest.

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WOW! You make me want to go back as a grown up! It all sounds wonderful, especially the architecture and getting a guided tour from ChiO. did you get any greek food?
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Yes, Chicago was Mavenized yesterday. Gorgeous day in the upper-70s and plenty of sunshine (today is plenty of sunshine and a cold wind that'll knock you off your feet).

The Chicago Tribune Building is the picture CineMaven posted that has the flying buttresses. The glass dome is one of the two in the Chicago Cultural Center nee Chicago Public Library. The first Mayor Daley shut it down and wanted to tear it down, but his wife forbid it (as we say in Chicago,"The only person an Irish politician will listen to is his wife...and then only because he wants to live"). Across the street from it is the Wrigley Building, or The Building Built, by Gum (see the opening of The Bob Newhart Show). Where Oprah lives is the John Hancock Center, just a few blocks north of the Wrigley & Trib buildings. The hotel that "hurt my heart" is the lobby of The Palmer House.

The street with the honorary "Don 'Soul Train' Cornelius Way" signage is the couple of blocks north of Greek Town on Halsted in front of the Weigel Broadcasting TV studio where Soul Train originated. So what is it now? It's MeTV, the U, the Son of Svengoolie, et al. Eerie tale: Mr. Weigel, the founder, had a son who was an extremely popular Chicago ABC affiliate evening news sportscaster. I got to know him because he married one of my best friends from college. He died in 2001 from a brain tumor, two years after his roommate at Yale -- Gene Siskel -- also died of a brain tumor.

JF -- the hipster dining area is along Randolph Street just west of the river. Incredible. Blocks of high-end restaurants and bars (with a sports bar or two thrown in). Not that long ago, it was nothing but wholesale fruit and vegetable markets for the restaurant trade (yes, the markets and restaurants were all owned by Greeks. Only two markets remain -- owned by friends of ours.). And two streets south, Madison St., was Skid Row. It's all lofts, condos and apartments now -- in fact, that's where we're temporarily living (when we told Mrs. ChiO's suburban dwelling family we were living on Madison, they thought we were nuts...until the first visit). Ahhh...The Sherman House. It's gone now. The Helmut Jahn designed State of Illinois building sits on it. In its final days (late-'70s or so) it wasn't comfortable walking by it even during the week in daylight. Surrounded by the Greyhound bus station, grindhouses and porn theaters, no other businesses to speak of. And when Mrs. ChiO and immediate family arrived in the U.S. in 1954, her father got a job there as an elevator operator.

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Well, the cold wind that knocks you off your feet I remember!

I thought the Trib building had the word Tribune in big gothic letters on top of it all lit up. Maybe I'm getting it mixed up.

The Palmer House was my very favorite place to go eat lunch when I was a kid, it was sooooo beautiful, walking through the lobby was like a feast for the soul. We would either eat at the fancy french place there or Trader Vics which had shrunken heads and things made out of coconuts for sale in their gift shop. The Sherman House had the magic shop I'm pretty sure, and toward the end of my time in the area I think my mom was too afraid to take me down there anymore and I was sad. As for any other landmarks, I really didn't get around too much, except for museums. I have seen the library Mrs. Daley saved... she must have been some tough lady. And the Picasso statue at the Civic Center better known as Daley Plaza. And they added the Chagall outdoor artwork while we were living in Kankakee so we went up to see it.

I am pretty sure I'd be OK visiting Chicago again, all we did was go to the theater and lunch there. I would dread going back to Kankakee. I went back to Madison Wisconsin a couple of years ago, where I went to college, and it was so confusing and sad. The things I loved were mostly gone, entire streets were no longer there, my old apartment was on one of them. And although the city is probably even better than it was, it broke my heart to see all the changes. Don't get me wrong, I'd move out there again like a shot, it's a great great place. But it's much better to grow with a city than to leave it and try to come back. You really can't go home again.
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I spent two weeks in Chicago training for a job in 1980. Hotel bound except for the weekend where we went to town. Weirdly, my most vivid memory was spending a few hours by the lake. All alone in a crowd I was.

Off at the great lakes, near a high rise skyline,
So far away from everyone, it's the same old thing
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Yesterday, I had the a/c on in the car in the morning. By late afternoon, it had begun to cool off from the 76 degrees of the morning, with big fat raindrops beginning to fall. Today, I am looking at it SNOW. Up to 3.5 inches expected.

Oh, yeah, I live in Kansas. :shock:
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WHAAAT? Snow? And I thought CT. was crazy. Hope we don't get it here, I've got annuals out already... I jumped the gun because the weather's been so nice.
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Miss T.. that sounds like quite the trip. Am glad to hear you got to make an extra stop on your way back home!

Meanwhile.. here in ole KC...

Coming soon to a theater near you.. the latest in Sci-Fi thriller entertainment. Just when you thought it was safe to go outside in Flip Flops.. it’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING SNOW GLOBE. Your teeth will chatter as you watch the temperatures drop like an anvil from 82 one day to 34 the next. You won't believe the winter-like carnage as Kansas City is gripped in the clutches of eternal snow. Oh sure.. the calendar SAYS it is May.. but you only THOUGHT it was Spring. It's NIGHT OF THE LIVING SNOW GLOBE. See the poor unsuspecting gardeners planting their springtime flowers and veggies. Watch as confused parents stare in slack jawed agony into their children's clothes closets “Shorts and t-shirts?? Or parkas and snow boots?" Hear the disgruntled bus drivers yell "sNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOw" as they painstakingly make their way through the wintery blizzardy mix of rain, sleet, and snow to deliver their under-dressed passengers to their homes. It’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING SNOW GLOBE (rated S for Snow) coming soon to a theater near.. oh wait.. this just in.. it’s NOT science fiction?? It’s actually snowing??????? In MAY?? 3-5 inches in the forecast, even?? Um.. oh.. well.. then never mind. We now return you to your regularly scheduled winter like springtime weather forecast, already in progress. :lol:
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For Emerald City ... I am expecting an average of 81 Degrees from Friday to Sunday ... before its goes back down to low 70's on Monday and stay there for the next 8-10 days.

Records will be broken this weekend.
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I got a little nervous crossing one of the bridges/walkways when I looked down and between the slats, I saw the water

Nothing to worry about, Teresa. But hold onto your hat. I watched one sail right into the river once. The sight even drew a small crowd of onlookers! "Well...it was a nice hat!" Wendy, I don't think I knew The Sherman House. Maybe it was before I moved there. Or it just wasn't a draw for me. Not sure.
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I think they tore it down in the seventies. The only memorable thing about it when I went there was the magic shop, I believe. They had every possible magician's trick that ever existed there. I could spend hours, but all I had was a few bucks saved up from my allowance. I remember buying a magic coin box, where when you slid it shut the coin would disappear... then the next time you opened it, it would reappear. I'm sure there were other things I got there but I just can't remember anymore.

The Sherman House was burned to the ground in the Chicago fire, and rebuilt completely a year or so later. It became popular as a sedate hotel for the upper crust, but by 1900 was considered boring. By the twenties, it was considerably livened up by bandleader Isham Jones who stole black jazz tunes he heard in other parts of town and played in the College Inn which was the night spot at the corner of the Sherman House. Dancing and drinking made the Sherman House the place to go for some rowdier fun. The hotel steadily declined from the twenties on, until it was torn down in 1973, 4 years after I moved to Kankakee. I'm pretty sure that last year my mom wouldn't take me over there anymore.

I think this is from before the fire:
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Hard to tell what year, at first I thought it might be the fifties, but then on second look it could be the 60's. You car buffs may be able to tell better than I.
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Fascinating! And the dates do explain my not being aware. I moved to the city in 1977. The story of music and carousing reminds me of The Blackstone, another Chicago landmark. I don't know how nice the hotel was on its upper levels. But boy, was there some music going on below!
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I never went to the Blackstone, wish I had!

My sister and I stayed at the Drake one night just for fun. It was very very posh, and we were going to get dressed up for dinner out. We went to see Liza Minelli in The Act, but then came back afterwards and had room service instead. It was the best dinner I ever had! She had Crab Newburg, and I had Beef Bouguignon. I can still taste how good it was! And in our pyjamas! The waiter was dressed better than we were.
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R0HANAKA: Miss T.. that sounds like quite the trip. Am glad to hear you got to make an extra stop on your way back home! Meanwhile.. here in ole KC...Coming soon to a theater near you.. the latest in Sci-Fi thriller entertainment. Just when you thought it was safe to go outside in Flip Flops.. it’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING SNOW GLOBE. Your teeth will chatter as you watch the temperatures drop like an anvil from 82 one day to 34 the next.

It was great fun Ro...but I’m sorry to hear that your temperatures are fluctuating like Wall Street stock market results. Sheesh! That's it. Tell the Q.T. to SELL SELL SELL.....the house!

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JACK FAVELL: WOW! You make me want to go back as a grown up! It all sounds wonderful, especially the architecture and getting a guided tour from ChiO. did you get any greek food?


No time for Greeks. I was afraid I’d be late for boarding my 9:30pm train so I was a tad stressed at the end. ChiO’s a fount of information.

I thought the Trib building had the word Tribune in big gothic letters on top of it all lit up. Maybe I'm getting it mixed up.

This is what I saw Wendy:

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CHIO: Yes, Chicago was Mavenized yesterday. Gorgeous day in the upper-70s and plenty of sunshine (today is plenty of sunshine and a cold wind that'll knock you off your feet)...

Mavenized? Ha!! I was Chi-Towned within an inch of my life. It left its mark on me! Glad to get that sunshine...the wind, you guys can keep! I want to come back again and ride the Sightseeing Tour Bus. I'll have to leave the Crab Newburg for those rich girls.

Wendy...you can be an archivist. Where'd you pull up those pictures? We should go for a drink at that bar Wendy, in the Palmer House.

If you can just get yourself to NY in two hours, we'll leave Saturday afternoon arrive in Chicago Sunday morning at 9:45am ( $99 ) and Leave Sunday night at 9:30pm and arrive in NY at 6:35pm. Andrew can meet you at Penn Station and you two can be back in CT by 8:30pm. Why can I manage your life so simply...and you can't? :shock: Sleep on the train. Let Andrew walk Lily, and let the kidling stay at her best friend's house. Simple, see?
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