The el  stairs

The el stairs

Many thousand people clamber daily up and down el stairs like these; how many thousand, Celia couldn’t begin to say.  The stairs’ steel treads are noisy and unforgiving, sanded in winter to keep patrons from falling.  Much life is lived in the shadow of the el, or right next to it, unflappably.  Even scholars read right next to it, in this library.

Crowded river scene

Crowded river scene

The Brown Line trains are running again now that repairs to the Wells Street Bridge have been completed.  It was quite a project!  When I took the train north across the bridge yesterday evening, the river was still crowded with repair barges and equipment.  A tour boat plied the waters, carrying its passengers toward an up-close view of the site.

Busy river (poster), © 2013 Celia Her City

View east of the Chicago River from the upper deck of the Wells Street Bridge.

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Recreation Drive

The exit sign for Recreation Drive in Chicago

Sometimes the only thing separating a jaded Chicagoan from nirvana is a rusty guardrail.

How many times had I looked at this sign without seeing?  Finally, one fateful day, responding to its call, I discovered the glories of Waveland Park, which lies at the end of Recreation Drive.

This large old lakeside park boasts tennis courts, playing fields for baseball and soccer, a nine-hole golf course, access to Belmont Harbor, picnic areas, magnificent lake and city views, and a bird sanctuary.  The lakefront bike and running trail More

This morning

Smith and Wollensky/Marina City © 2013 Celia Her City

Beneath the Corn Cobs, the tables were all set up at Smith and Wollensky, for all those lucky souls intent on steak dinners tonight.

Slumbering on North LaSalle, © 2013 Celia Her City

An organized slumberer occupied a bus shelter on North LaSalle.  What’s next, indeed.

7 eleven, © 2013 Celia Her City

The wait, © 2013 Celia Her City

A driver awaited his party outside a sleek office building.

Sequestered snow, © 2013 Celia Her City

Snow had been sequestered at one end of Federal Plaza (note nearby police).

Another morning in an American city, © 2013 Celia Her City

Another morning at the P.O., © 2013 Celia Her City

The post office, a glass oasis, filtered the action outside.

Beneath the Flamingo, their voices will rise © 2013 Celia Her City

From beneath the Flamingo, their voices will rise.  How many protests has this bird seen?

Another morning, with media, © 2013 Celia Her City

Even without seeing the big picture, you know where you are.

The implied city

Night energy diffused (along the Inner Drive), © 2013 Celia Her City

To walk this stretch of park is to tread the very fringes of the city.  To the left of the park, with its driving range and harbor, lie only the ribbon of Lake Shore Drive and the Lake.  From the right, across the park’s patchy dimness, lights from the nearest congested neighborhood stream.  In the funny glow of the clouds, the lives of the millions who dwell here are implied.

This photograph has been given a diffusion effect.