Monday, July 23, 2007

My Kind of Town, Chicago Is...

7:15 p.m., July 23, 2007, 5000 N. Elston Ave., Chicago, Illinois

Don't worry, Splotchy-- I stopped my bike to take this one...


Bubs said...

Great shot.

Tenacious S said...

Don't ask me why, but I love Elston. I always feel like it slices right through the real heart of Chicago. Just feels authentic to me.

GETkristiLOVE said...



...loaded with street lamps?

Splotchy said...

Nice pic!

I love Elston too! It doesn't have the zazz that Milwaukee Avenue has, but I second the affection of Ten S.

It's a fast street, it's diagonal, it's industrial, it's Elston!

Beth said...

Wonderful photo! I'd like to be in Chicago right now .......

SamuraiFrog said...

Beautiful. So much nostalgia, wonder, and possibility right in that shot. To this day, I still love approaching the town on the train or from the Stevenson and seeing the buildings appear like that.

Johnny Yen said...

I had a feeling you'd like that one. I love how our skyline just pops up all of a sudden in your day.

I have exactly the same feelings about it! From it's beginning down in the industrial area by Goose Island to it's end when it merges with Milwaukee Avenue, up by Superdawg, right next to a forest preserve, it encompasses everything about this city-- industry, commerce, different kinds of residential areas and even nature.

It's also a great secret way to get around the North side.

They've put bike lanes on it now, so it's so much safer to bike on it.

It was actually sunny. It looks that way because I put the zoom in on the camera and lost some light, plus it was in the evening. The view just grabbed me-- here along this corridor that's a mix of industry and residences, our lovely skyline pops up out of nowhere.

They've been replacing our homely old streetlights with some more handsome antiquey looking ones. You can see both in the picture.

It's funny-- those diagonal streets flummox people at first when they move to Chicago, primarily because the rest of the streets are laid out in a logical, easy-to-navigate numbered grid system (I mean, how do people get lost in Chicago? WTF?) But once you get them down, they make getting around so much simpler.

When I got out of college in 1985, I lived with my aunt down in Southside Beverly. I found that diagonal Archer Avenue was a key to getting around on the south side.

You'd love it here. We'd never get you out of the music clubs!

I love the approach from the south or west! When I was younger, my family lived in Western Springs. I always loved the approach-- as the skyscrapers you could only see at a distance in the 'burbs loomed up on you, and the industrial buildings you didn't see in the suburbs appeared.

Coming from the west, there was a factory that looked just like the one on the cover of Pink Floyd's "Animals" album-- I always thought of Pink Floyd when I came in from the west.

I went to college at Eastern. Coming in from the south on night at dusk, I was struck by the view from the South. Gorgeous.

It's funny how Chicagoans view the movie "When Harry Met Sally" differently because of our skyline. Remember the scene where they're leaving college, the University of Chicago-- and they're driving south toward the Loop on Lake Shore Drive. The thought I had the first time I saw the movie was "What, did they forget something back at the school?" They were driving toward U of C, not away.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I love the light in this shot.

lulu said...

It looks like home.