riding the bus

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 river today

Chicago River steaming on a frigid day, © 2013 Celia Her City

The temperatures have dropped in Chicago, from 60 earlier in the week to nearly zero today.  The river this morning was giving up its heat to the sky.

I love the closed-in, rectilinear look of this cityscape.  So many surfaces, each with its own distinctive patterns and scale.  Reflections inside the bus add to the vaporous dreamy feel.

Snow in the city

Snowy corner (Credit: Celia Her City)

At last some snow has fallen in the city.  It was brief, but, while it fell, it fell fiercely.  I always look forward to snow, because it muffles the clamor of the city, bringing a degree of peace by slowing it down.   Riding the bus along Michigan Avenue was more enjoyable than usual, because the snow jazzed up the ordinary views.

Nieman's (Credit: Celia Her City)

Neiman’s.

The new Burberry store, Chicago (Credit: Celia Her City)

The new Burberry store.  (That pedestrian hurried by without even looking.)

The Brooks Brothers store on Michigan Avenue, Chicago (Credit: Celia Her City)

Brooks Brothers.  I’m afraid I’m a dreadful sentimentalist when it comes to snow.

Though the snow was falling heavily as we passed Millennium Park, by the time I reached my destination, it had stopped.  I’m so glad I happened to be outside to see it.  Who knows whether we’ll get any more snow this season?

Snow falls on Millennium Park (Credit: Celia Her City)

By Millennium Park (Credit: Celia Her City)