Downtown by day

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Seb on the bridge with the Chicago and American flags behind him.

After a morning workout at my local Bally's and a quick lunch from the deli around the corner, Seb and I drove downtown blasting Katy Perry and taking videos of the notorious Chicago traffic.  They say there are two seasons in Chicago: Winter and Road Construction.  They are right.  Even though we weren't driving at rush hour, we still ran into some hold ups.  Seb was busily filming on his camera (vids of me belting
"Umbrella" are undoubtedly floating around somewhere on YouTube) and snapping pictures of the skyline as we approached the city.

We got off the highway at Armitage and made our way past the Green Dolphin Street (where Al Capone used to hang out.

One of my favorite buildings.
..allegedly there is still a secret passageway behind the bar for use when the cops raided the place..it led to a safehouse across the street.  I think that's at Green Dolphin Street...maybe that's at another bar.) to Fullerton and towards the DePaul campus to park (for free...again).  We hopped on the El at Sheffield and Fullerton and took it into the Loop.

We met up with Michael again, and took a walk around Michigan Avenue so Seb could see it by day.  Seb explored the public library and while he did that I showed Michael and his girlfriend (Jen) the bean.  We walked down towards the lake, and sat by the river drinking cream soda and root beer.

Later in the afternoon, Jen wanted to take a nap and Seb wanted to see the Sears Tower, so me, him, and Michael took a walk over there.

King Lear statue.
  For 12.50 you can take an elevator to the top of the (as of now) tallest building in Chicago (formerly the tallest building in the world).  There's a pretty cool exhibit up there documenting the history of Chicago, and of course spectacular views.  We went right at sunset, so it was pretty amazing.  I'd never been up there before, so I was pretty glad to have the opportunity to go.

Seb was crazy about Mexican food (you can't really get good Mexican food in France), so we went out for Mexican three times during his 7 day stay.  This particular night we ended up somewhere in Wicker Park at a really random locally owned Mexican joint.  It was delicious, and they served very large margaritas, which is always a plus.  Seb got enchiladas and I had a burrito the size of my head.

Me and Michael and the skyline.

The next day, Seb and I went to Market Days in Boystown...this was a large, gay street festival.  Halsted was barricaded for several blocks so that booths could sell drinks and fair food, and gays and those who support them could meet people and hang out.  There were muscled men playing Twister, transexuals in flamboyant wigs taking pictures with tourists, half dressed hula dancers, and sex shops.  Seb had never had a corn dog...nor had he ever eaten a brat...or tried funnel cake...so I made him sample these delicious treats.  How much more American can you get than fried dessert??

We drank at a great bar a little further down Halstead and called it a night.  Sunday would be spent barbequeing at my parents' house!

mayerel says:
I think it's the Green Mill on the north side, not the Green Dolphin that has the Capone history...or knowing him, it's probably both! :P
Posted on: Aug 28, 2008
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One of my favorite buildings.
One of my favorite buildings.
King Lear statue.
King Lear statue.
Me and Michael and the skyline.
Me and Michael and the skyline.
Michael, Jen, and me at the bean.
Michael, Jen, and me at the bean.
View of the South side of the city…
View of the South side of the cit…
Birds eye view of the highway.
Bird's eye view of the highway.
View of the East side of the city …
View of the East side of the city…
South side.
South side.
East side.
East side.
South side.
South side.
Seb.
Seb.
Seb and his margarita.
Seb and his margarita.
Seb and his enchiladas.
Seb and his enchiladas.
My huge burrito.
My huge burrito.
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