Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday fun activity: Where IS this?




     The moment I stepped into this distinctive lobby I smiled and thought, "Ooo, Saturday fun activity time!" It's spare, but telling, and while I imagine it is solvable—they always are—it might take some careful cogitation.
     Where is this rather ship-like tableau? What vastly-interesting place is it the portal for? I was there Friday, preparing a story for the paper. I can't imagine many readers find their way there.
     A suitable prize is in order—since this spartan assemblage is located in Chicago, a signed copy of my memoir, "You Were Never in Chicago." And just in case people are stumped until this afternoon—my fervent hope—then I will post a photograph of what was on the coffee table in this particular room, as a hint, so you might want to return then. 
    Good luck. Please place your guesses below. 


25 comments:

  1. City of Chicago Department of Water Management

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  2. Eugene Sawyer water treatment plant?

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  3. It's at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District office on Erie. The ship-like references are for the Sanitary and Ship Canal.

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  4. Good guesses all. But nope. Not close.

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  5. Chicago river bridge museum?

    Linda B

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  6. Port of Illinois offices
    On the far Southeast side?
    Probably not, but there was once a
    Similar motif in the windows a a maritime supply store located near 101st and Ewing, on Chicago's Eastside - close to the Calumet River that was once a flurry of activity and merchant seamen when the area was an industrial artery supplying the bital organ that was the steel industry. I wanted to peruse the store often, but for 20 years I never once found it open.
    Sorry, just babbling and revisiting my memory of

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  7. Coast Guard recruiting office?

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  8. merchant seamen union hall?

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  9. I think Paul Fedrick got it. The Illinois International Port District office down at Calumet Harbor. I've had the pleasure of visiting their offices a couple of times (unsuccessfully) to convince them that it would be a good idea to keep their deep-draft port open.

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  10. God he doe. Congratulations Paul -- don't you have a book already? We'll find something else if that's the case. Port of Chicago Offices, 3600 E. 95th Street. Man you guys are good.

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  11. Yep, have the book and posters, treasured items. I'll email you at the dailysteinberg address to figure out a solution to the prize issue. But maybe the winning and recognition by someone I admire is enough. Maybe.......

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    1. ALL the books? How about the "Failure" book? One of my favorites....

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    2. I believe I would
      Completely and utterly enjoy that. Do you need me to email my address, or
      Do you still have it somewhere?

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  12. What about the photo of the coffee table?

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    1. There you go. I should point out that they were arranged in a far more trim, shipshape fashion until I fanned them out.

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    2. Doing so, I hasten to add, because I wasn't taking the photo for illustrative purposes, as you can't stage shots, but so I would have the titles at hand when I write the story. As it was, I ended up taking a copy of each.

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    3. ???"can't stage shots"? Depends on the media you're working in. Some pros make a living staging shots.

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    4. I think Neil sees the blog as an extension of his column and wants maintain a certain level of journalistic integrity by reporting and photographing things as they are or how he finds them

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    5. I know. Just messing with him. You can always count on Neil for the truth. By the way, I did not move that big pile of rocks at Walden Pond.

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    6. Sometimes the wit and cleverness of Neil's writing goes right over my head. Can you believe I just now connected "trim, shipshape" with the subject. Wow. I must be slipping in my old age.....

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    7. Congrats on winning the contest.

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