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2013 Zoo Lights souvenir

Cafe Brauer during the Zoo Lights, © 2013 Celia Her City
Welcome to Celia’s 2013 Zoo Lights souvenir!

A collection of night photographs
from a magical event
offering fresh views of our surroundings and one another.

Above, Café Brauer gleams amid festive lights and an icicle tree.

Mothers (Starry night, Chicago), © 2013 Celia Her CityMothers and their children begin an arduous night pilgrimage,
walking south toward the zoo from the conservatory.

2013 zoo lights souvenir, © 2013 Celia Her CityThe skyline, the zoo lights, even strangers’ faces, beam.

Chicago Zoo Lights scene, © 2013 Celia Her CityChicagoans relax together under a dreamlike canopy, on a night when the temperature is nearly 50.

portraitureRemember being with your father when you were ten?

Zoo lights crowd, © 2013 Celia Her CityEngage in silly or serious photography, please.

Father and daughters at the Zoo Lights (Chicago), © 2013 Celia Her CityA father attends to his daughter’s needs.

Light show, © 2013 Celia Her CityThe synchronized light show, though corny, is impressive, too.

Chicago Christmas skyline, © 2013 Celia Her CityCome away with a warm feeling for the beauty of Chicago.
Merry Christmas, everyone, and Happy 2014!

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Captives of the Pride

Captives of the Pride

Located in the sliver of Lakeview bounded by Sheridan, Diversey, Belmont, and the Inner Drive, our neighborhood is paralyzed annually by the Pride Parade.

If we don’t go out of town, we must choose between staying in all day, or going out all day, because once you leave the neighborhood in a car, bus, or cab, it’s hard to return.  One year we drove somewhere in our car and tried to get back, only to be stopped by the police and told that the roads were still closed for cleaning, even though by then it was at least 6:30.  The roads that remain open during the parade are choked with traffic, so that it’s impossible to get anywhere anyway.

By noon, the air was filled with the sounds of helicopters, honking horns, emergency sirens, distant drums.  We headed for the only refuge we could think of, setting out on foot to visit the zoo.

Zoo goers on a dappled path, © 2013 Celia Her City

Zoo going, © 2013 Celia Her City

About a quarter-mile to the south, it was a haven of peace.  The weather was cool, and we very much enjoyed looking at the exotic animals.  The aardvark, in particular, spoke to me.

Aardvark in hiding, © 2013 Celia Her City

It was a good way to fill the afternoon until the return of peace.

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