This week's blog is just a visual notebook of our recent trip back to my hometown of Chicago, where there always seem to be good photo opps.
Wandering the Streets of Chicago - Wells Street:
A familiar cigar store native American... and just another white face on the street.
A local pub's warning to patrons took me by surprise in this upscale area of the city, that's been gentrified for decades.
Downtown - Millenium Park:
Highrises overlook Millenium Park along Michigan Avenue. The park was opened in 2004, 4 years after I moved to California.
The Art Institute of Chicago is a world class art museum and I'm visiting for the first time in probably 5 years.
Image below: from show by Canadian artist David Hartt. Two thumbs up for the sculpture by Chicago's own, Charles Ray.
Schoolkids reflect on one of Ray's sculptures... literally.
The gardens around the Institute are a welcoming place for some to rest... while a street performer tries to make a few bucks near the Michigan Av Bridge.
I noticed lots more people with small kids on the streets and in the parks, than when I lived on the near north side of Chicago, 15 years ago.
And finally, one thing you can always count on in Chicago, especially on the north side - and that is, new construction is everywhere.
The fellow below appeared from an alley in the gallery district and it looks like he might be in trouble - he's wearing a White Sox hat on the north side.
Until next week.