In November they started ripping up Grant Park, removing trees (877, to be exact) and bulldozing to make way for Maggie Daley Park. It looks so sad now. When we look across the street from our office all we see is a construction fence. I have mixed feelings. I never really knew this part of Grant Park, this northern tip, until our office moved over here in the spring. Over the summertime, I grew to quite like it. It wasn’t as intricately manicured as the neighboring Millennium Park and it seems more natural. A great contrast to Millennium Park.. but now we’re getting Millennium Park Part II, I think. And the saddest part, maybe, is that the park isn’t slated to open until 2015, so it’s 2 more years of construction. Sigh. Then again, maybe the new park will knock my socks off and be totally worth it. We’ll see!
Interrupting my Hawaii updates for this PSA: Vote!
Last year my polling spot was the Logan Square library, but this year things have been redrawn and I had to go to a senior citizen apartment building on Sacramento. There was no line. The big holdup, for me, was because I was the first person to request touchscreen instead of paper. The people there could not figure out how to get the touchscreen working so I had to do it the old fashioned way on paper. Not a huge deal, but man, it sure seems so antiquated! At least I didn’t have to punch anything. I just had to draw in the line with a pen.
As I approached my office, I saw that a lot of roads are already blocked off. I think Biden is arriving in Chicago soon and Obama will be here sometime after that. They’re going to be at the Fairmont, across the street from my office. The campaign headquarters is two buildings away. I’m sure it’s gonna get crazy around here!
Around 4:45 p.m. someone noticed that Lake Shore Drive (on the left in these photos) was totally empty. Barack Obama would be headed up to the Fairmont to meet up with Joe Biden. We watched for a while and then someone noticed a ton of lights progressing north around the Field Museum. Sure enough, a few minutes later we watched the entire presidential motorcade. So cool!!!