Cheers to everyone…

The Christkindlmarket in Chicago’s Daley Plaza is a must visit this time of year; it gets larger each year. Last year I couldn’t resist buying some of these nesting dolls from Russian; picking some of varying sizes from large to teensy. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Many holiday toys and decor from Germany and other European countries. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Food is a must-have at the Cristkindlmarket too! The smells of fresh roasted nuts are irresistible. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Love the beard! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Collectors always stop for a cider or cocoa in order to get a Cristkindlmarket no mug. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Here the old world and new world come together. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

I got the hot cocoa and my hubby got the warm cider; each a special treat in the souvenir mugs for this year. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Choices, wonderful choices! Today I learned the scratchy Steiff animals I still have from my childhood are made of mohair. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Crew trailer…

One of many trailers parked around Chicago’s Cultural Center preparing for a filming for Chicago Fire TV show. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The door caught my attention before I realized this trailer was accompanied by about a dozen others. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

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Glimpse of Chicago architecture…

This view from Maggie Daley’s Playground, of Chicago’s Millennium Park and Lake Michigan shows the diversity in architectural design found in this people diverse city. CLICK the image above for great information from Chicago’s Artchitectual to Foundation. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The old and the new stand together. Here Cloud Gate, aka the Bean, is surrounded by many building’s of downtown Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Old designs in turn-of-the-century buildings are more frequently decorated with murals done by artists of today. Recently a campaign made sure that such murals weren’t removed “accidentally; they are not tagging or graffiti. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Details in building’s too often go unnoticed as passers-by focus on pedestrian and vehicle traffic and weather conditions. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The Pritzker Pavillion is host to free concerts throughout the year, in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The design itself is worthy of a visit. It is also viewable in the first image of this post; on the far left; it encompasses both permanent seats as well as lawn seating under the open architecture. Copyrightela Breitberg

It seems that design was more a priority in the olden days of yore; even for a pumping station. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Not to be overlooked are view encompassing closer looks at the juxtaposition of architecture and their unique designs; accompanied by mandatory safety features such as a firescape. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Views of design include interiors. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

One of the magnificent carvings on Michigan Avenue’s bridge posts across the Chicago River next to the original Fort Dearborn location. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Together it’s possible…

The dogs and the bike worked out in unison along Lake Michigan’s edge in Lincoln Park, Chicago. They were unimpeded, leashed together and moving quickly. I was impressed. Couldn’t figure out who was enjoying the Lakefront more. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

No excuses with this couple. A few moments prior they were resting on a nearby park bench, deep in conversation, enjoying each other and their outing. May we all have this drive as we age; all positive motion. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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City sightings…

Sneaking a look out of a retail window showed a dumpster that seemed to me to be filled with some worthwhile stuffs. Too bad it wasn’t accessible and that I downsized my life a few years ago. Can’t help but believe someone would have appreciated the chance to salvage the remnants. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Not uncommon site in a busy, congested, urban area; this is Chicago. Streets are equally abundant with bicycle traffic. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

And if you don’t own a bicycle, you can rent a Divy bike to do your errands or sightsee. They are everywhere! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Ah, a classic in-the-loop scene with an “El” (elevated” train above and traffic congestion below. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Of course, a city is incomplete without the pigeon! Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Chicago is rich, or ripe, with politicians and their boastings. I did not expect to see a 2020 presidential loud-speaker float riding down the street for you-know-who. It was not a parade day at all. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Changes percieved…

Green tints the “great tree” in Chicago’s infamous Walnut Room on the 7th floor of Macy’s loop location. However, soaking up the wondrous view over time shows changes happening in the room. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Now untraditional, cool, blue lights shine on the tree and ceiling emphasizing a star covered ceiling. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Red is a primary color of the Christmas season. It is a prominent color this holiday season at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Fields) Walnut Room in Chicago’s loop. We managed to get a lunch seat under the tree; a treasured spot. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Local wildlife…

In North America, a common wild animal is the Eastern Grey Squirrel. Technically a “rodent”, the Grey Squirrel is considered either a beloved neighbor or an unwelcome rat. I fall into the first group; when I had my own garden I enjoyed watching them dine on spilled birdseed laying under the feeder. CLICK on the image for more information. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Love the thick, furry tail. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Signs of change ahead…

White clouds, dark clouds and blue skies along Chicago’s Lake Michigan this morning are accompanied by a blowing red warning flag (don’t go swimming) and a mostly bare tree AND row of SNOW fences!! Yep, winter is coming now that it’s November in Chicago. For Southerners, the snow fences help keep the blowing snow from drifting too much (in theory) onto Lake Shore Drive. (There’s a bit of reflection in the image because this was captured through the window during my morning busride!) Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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