Entries Tagged as 'millennium park'

Millennium Park Suits

September 21st, 2013 · No Comments


I was walking through Millennium Park on my way to work one day this summer and saw these suits doing a photo shoot. It was SO HOT. I felt kind of bad for them.

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The Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Parade and Rally

June 28th, 2013 · No Comments

After winning the 2013 Stanley Cup early in the week and after many days of taking the Stanley Cup all around town to party and carry babies, it was time for the Blackhawks to have their official celebration with parade starting at the United Center and ending at Grant Park with a rally. I made sure to go into work today to check out the festivities because my office overlooks Grant Park. The commute in was TERRIBLE. Tons of inconsiderate drunk bros, but in the end it was worth it to see everything go down.

This was 9 a.m. Looking pretty crowded, even though the parade didn’t even begin until 10 a.m.

All of Millennium Park was closed except the area by Park Grill.

About 10:30 a.m.: The parade was beginning. What we noticed was that on the route from the United Center, it was just the double decker buses with the Blackhawks players. But when they got to Randolph and Columbus, they met up with the rest of the parade – trollys, floats, people carrying flags – and then proceeded south on Columbus to the rally field.

Hard at work!

Here are the double decker buses coming over on Washington from the United Center and turning onto Michigan Avenue.

Pausing for a second to admire what a pretty day it is today!

The double decker bus here is the first in the line of double decker buses and had the Stanley Cup. If you look close you can see the sun reflecting off of it. What you can’t see it? Let me zoom in!

See it!??!

All the buses stopped for a little bit and the mounted police got in line ahead of them. There were more mounted police behind the buses. There were also a lot of motorcycle police and police on foot and in SUVs and cars and every kind of police you can think of. If you look close, you can still see the Stanley Cup on the bus!

The buses beginning on the parade procession.

A one-minute video of the parade procession.

Stopping to admire the great view!

They say that 2 million people showed up for the parade and rally!

Time for the rally at the southern part of Grant Park.

All these people were trying to get to the rally and they started jumping fences around the huge construction site that is the northern part of Grant Park. And then where to go? It was like watching ants. They had to find a way out, which meant they had to jump another fence to get out.

View of the rally, which was just south of Buckingham Fountain.

Finally, the rally ended with fireworks at about 12:20 p.m.

- My coworker Raf got some great shots down at street level.
- You might remember that the Blackhawks won it all back in 2010 as well. I watched the winning game with Aimee and Ashanth out in Utah.

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West Side Story at the Oriental Theatre

June 17th, 2013 · 1 Comment


This year my mom and I were having trouble figuring out a weekend to get together for our annual dinner and a show, so we worked out a way to make it happen during the week. Her schedule finally had two days in a row off, so she drove down on a Monday and left on the Wednesday morning. I worked from home on Monday and Tuesday and it worked out pretty good. Especially since I wanted to see West Side Story and it happened to be in town from June 11 – 16, which was when my mom would be in town.


West Side Story first came out in 1957, so it’s been a part of American culture for a long time. I knew generally what the story was about, but never looked into the details too much. I also recognized some of the songs that were a part of the musical. I had a good time FINALLY filling in all the blanks and finally getting to know what all the fuss about West Side Story was.



Before the show we had dinner at Park Grill, which is a nice restaurant inside Millennium Park. We each had seafood: My mom had salmon and I had walleye. Both were light and summery and very good.




After dinner and before the show we had a few minutes to spare, so we walked around the park a bit. We went to take a look at Cloud Gate (“the bean”) and the Jun Kaneko exhibit of creepy sculptures. Actually, I think they’re kind of cute. But other people have told me they think they’re creepy.

A good couple days overall. It was nice to spend some time with mom! Here are all of the dinner-and-a-show days we’ve done over the years:

2012: Buona Terra & Showboat at the Lyric Opera
2011: Gosu & Beauty and the Beast
2010: El Nandu & Hubbard Street Dance
2009: Rhapsody & Jersey Boys
2008: Landmark & Dead Man’s Cell Phone at the Steppenwolf Theater
2007: Costello’s & Blue Man Group
2005/6: Hillary’s Urban Eatery (HUE) & Wicked
2004: Petterino’s & Mamma Mia
Ze Olde Days (1999?): Riverdance in Milwaukee
Ancient Times (1997?): Lorie Line

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