Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday fun activity: Where IS this?


     This is a great city to wander in. 
     I gave myself an extra hour to get where I was going Thursday morning, and was rewarded, when the bus I was on was rerouted due to the Blackhawks rally. As we detoured south, I was completely non-plussed, watching the blipping blue circle of our location on the iPhone map drift south of my destination, which normally the bus would go right past. When we were as close as we were going to get, but a mile or so away, I hopped off and strolled.
     There were many sights. A big empty park. A low-rise Chicago public housing project, neat as a pin, not a soul in sight. And this stunning mural,. I particularly loved the bear dripping languor, an expression I read as, "You're fuckin' kidding me," though it might just be hung over. And  this calavara, below, with startlingly realistic, female eyes. I admired it tremendously, and it is enough off the beaten track that I hoped it wasn't outed at 7:03 a.m., as usual.
     The walk made me very happy, a joy underscored because I was not one of the 2 million people at the Blackhawks rally—God bless 'em, no criticism, but we get to choose what satisfies us, and I can honestly say I savored this painting more than I enjoyed the third period of the final game between the Blackhawks and the Lightning. At least I could see it, which was not always true for the puck. 
     Where is this lovely mural? The winner will receive my own feeble contribution to the artistic life of Greater Chicago, the 2015 every goddamn day wall poster, suitable for pasting onto a wall. Place your guesses below. Good luck. 

9 comments:

  1. Corner of S Loomis and 16th?

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  2. That's it, Nikki. Congrats. Send your address to me at dailysteinberg@gmail.com and I'll send you your poster (and apologies to those checking in at 7 a.m. -- I meant to post it then, in fact thought I was. But force of habit prevailed).

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  3. I thought you were giving away those desk flags now?

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    1. That was last week. I try to shake it up. Nikki already had a poster, so I'm sending her a book. I try to be a full-service blogger.

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  4. I'm one of the few people I'm aware of who liked the "Fox Puck" i.e., when Fox carried the NHL they experimented with having a cursor-like line on the tv screen that trailed behind the puck so you could better follow the action. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlRCGR10uBg

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  5. I'm wondering if Nikki is personally familiar with the mural or did a bit of King Dale-style sleuthing. This was one of the few contests lately that was easily googlable...

    You ARE quite the full-service blogger, NS. Are you sending her "You Were Never in Chicago" or can repeat winners request other volumes from your oeuvre?

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  6. See now if I won, Mr. S, I already have your ...Never in ..Chicago book, I'd have to get the flag or poster. But since I only go to the city once a year, that will be unlikely.

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  7. I recognized it bc I had read something on those murals when they were being done. Sort of filed in my "mish mash" head if you will. (Apologies to Mr. Evans for taking his term). I did have to google to get the exact street. I asked for You Were Never in Chicago to be sent, and he kindly said yes. Signed too! Woo Hoo

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    1. Thanks for the reply, Nikki. Way to go! You'll love the book. : )

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