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Old October 8th, 2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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Chicago...the gentle beast...10/2-10/5

Had a fantastic trip by myself to Chicago. I spent 3 nights so I barely scratched the surface of this incredible homey city. Most of my time was spent in Lakeview East, Wrigleyville and Andersonville. I did make it to Evanston though and of course Millenium Park. I swear if every city had a "bean" there would be world peace. It was great to get the hell out of Florida.

Arriving from Midway airport the beast emerges.
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Through the dirty El window.
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Goodbye sweet city!
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Old October 8th, 2008, 09:46 PM   #2
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Finally some pics with people in them.
Absolutely brilliant, thank you for sharing.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 11:04 PM   #3
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Amazing photo set. You can get a real sense of the Chicago street-life from these.
What's with the fat woman (?) on the mic ?
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Old October 9th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #4
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She is actually a man at Jackhammer. He played a psycho woman from Bellevue Psychiatric ward and her skit involved shredding off her clothes with a big ole knife.
Thanks for the compliments. Sorry about all the Bean photos. I had too much fun what can I say.

Can you find the photo of me?
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Old October 9th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #5
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I try to avoid the cities without streetlife.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 01:24 AM   #6
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It is truly amazing all the diversity in American cities. I couldn't believe it, not only in pictures, but when you get out there and actually see it as a person.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 01:57 AM   #7
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Can you find the photo of me?
There's several, but the most prominent is the one of you bending backwards.
Should I assume you're a native of Boystown? Looks like an awesome neighborhood - very cosmopolitan.

I've actually never been to Chicago before, but it's right at the top of my places-i-need-to-visit-badly list, as soon as I manage a trip overseas again. I've quite literally studied the place from top to bottom.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 02:17 AM   #8
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You make the most interesting photo threads on SSC in my opinion. People make a city.

Northern U.S. cities have what most Southern cities lack which is a lot of people around.
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The beating of a million drums... The fire of a million guns... The mother of a million sons... CIVILIZATION.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 02:41 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone.

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Old October 9th, 2008, 02:42 AM   #10
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Before I saw this thread I had no idea about Chicago's thriving streetlife. Appreciate this
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Old October 9th, 2008, 03:00 AM   #11
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In many ways it reminds me of Australia's second largest city, Melbourne. Which I will be moving to in March. Chicago's skyline is larger, but the two cities share very similar characteristics other than being each nation's second largest cities.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 03:22 AM   #12
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I agree with the Melbourne comparison. Melbourne has Els and also lots of architecture from the same period. Chicago was a huge city even in the 1920's. It seems enormous because it is a dense ribbon of urbanity along a very long lakefront. Chicago is huge any way you slice it.

Seattle borrowed a lot of its architectural ideas from Chicago and the Midwest. That is why its architecture looks like that of a Midwestern city. The same goes for LA.

This year I was in New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago. The people are so different in each city.

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Old October 9th, 2008, 03:25 AM   #13
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Wow mate, lol I can't believe I just said that. Chicago is America's third largest city. LA is the second largest. It just seemed so much bigger than LA when I was there, and in the pictures it looked 10 times the size of LA.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 04:09 AM   #14
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genuine pics
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Old October 9th, 2008, 06:11 AM   #15
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Chicago is more urban than LA even though LA has become very urban in the past few years. LA encompasses a bigger land mass.
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Old October 9th, 2008, 07:21 AM   #16
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lol, tourists taking pictures of tourists taking pictures
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Old October 9th, 2008, 01:07 PM   #17
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This year I was in New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago. The people are so different in each city.
And best in which?
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Old October 9th, 2008, 04:27 PM   #18
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excellent thread! See any Cub fans leaping off any observation decks?
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Old October 9th, 2008, 05:51 PM   #19
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Cubs fans were drinking heavily. Sunday people seemed to be in the doldrums.

I like the people in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. I don't know which would be classified as the best. I love em' all.

Let me see...based on my experiences.

New Yorkers are impatient, friendly, nosey, fashionable, emotional and neurotic. They have ADD get bored easy and like to flip the channel. They are go getters and very self motivated. Lots of happy singles in Manhattan. New Yorkers have no time for lollygaggers and have no patience for people blocking their brisk flow on the sidewalk. New Yorkers think of their city as a vehicle to get ahead in life. New Yorkers are the antennae of America picking up on things before they become trendy. Major pot city even the Wall Streeters love their doobies. There is a very heavy Jewish influence in New York. New York is really the only city that matters to New Yorkers in the US. Paris and London they would consider as part of their food chain. Manhattanites go into a dangerous shock when off the island. New Yorkers like attention. Martini town.

Philadelphians are content with their routines, frugal, and like to talk. They are insecure about their city to a certain degree but if someone puts dear old Philadelphia down they will be the first to defend it. Philadelphia thinks of itself as an old oak tree that can never be knocked down and is steeped with roots so deep that any change could be traumatic. The Comcast building is a shock to Philadelphians and has burst their small town bubble like a poor man winning big in the lottery. Philadelphians are quirky, gritty, and stylish in a non-pretentious way. Thrift store chic. The working class look is big even for the rich. Most every Philadelphian has a tattoo. Philadelphians are anti-franchise and prefer to patronize their local establishments. Foodie heaven. Philadelphians are very aware of their territory and each block is like a big family. The city seems self governed. The sidewalks are in shambles but thanks to its homeowners there are flowerboxes everywhere. Philly has a lot of potheads and hippies that refuse to change with the times. Philly loves its music. Philly has a bit of Midwestern and Southern flavor for a Northeastern city. Beer town.

Chicagoans are very proud of their city. Strangers will spend a few hours gladly showing you their city. People smile a lot in Chicago and the pace is half that of Manhattan. Chicagoans are rabid sports fans. There is a geeky chic feel to the city, they are smart but not snotty. Chicagoans are very sincere, polite and friendly but will try almost anything. They seem like model citizens but there is a kinky side to the city that is very refreshing. Chicago has a nice balance of blue collar and white collar. Chicagoans are very optimistic and complain a lot less than Philadelphians or New York. Chicago is a giant experimental laboratory where ferris wheels and red skyscrapers are welcome. Chicago also has very tight knit communities amidst the steel edifices. Chicago loves its meat and potatoes. Comfort food haven. Beer town. If I was not American I would think that Chicago is the friendliest city in the States.

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Old October 9th, 2008, 07:01 PM   #20
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Excellent pictures.
I have been to Chicago many many times.
I love the city.
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