Winter play…

Millennium Park is a favorite destination in Chicago’s winter months. Ice skating is the main activity accompanied by good eating. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

View is from Cindy’s restaurant. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Lighting the way…

The morning light snuck into this narrow passageway between apartment buildings; a common element in Chicago’s residential areas. Usually one goes down a few steps to get from one place to another and finishes by walking up a few more steps. When walking past such entraces it’s important to pay attention so you don’t accidently mis-step into one of these stairways. My eyes caught the colors and textures in this small scene including the moss on the bricks adding a contrast to the neutral tones. 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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Urban sunshine…

Close up image of backlit Sunflower towards end of it’s lifecyle. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Aging Sunflower backlit by sun in the Roscoe Community Garden in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Roscoe Community Garden is adjacent to Belmont Harbor in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Hooray for the Chicago Park District to open space to community members who seem their own home-grown produce. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Glimpses of city life ….

 

Montrose Harbor’s Dog Beach; enjoyed by people too! Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Morning walk through Lincoln Park. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Traffic in front of Chicago Art Institute included Chicago Police on bicycles. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Appropriate dress for Chicago shopping? Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

All styles fit city life. Practically is always the best option. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

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Wild dreams…

Restored Midwestern prairie land of wild grasses and Rudbeckia and many other wondrous natives. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Black eyed Susans, aka Rudbeckia , indicates that summer is well under way in the U.S. heartland, the prairie. Illinois is the “prairie state” yet less than 10% of virgin prairie lands remain. This piece of prairie is part of a restoration project, West Ridge Nature Preserve on Chicago’s north-east side. In Chicago one does not have to travel far to pretend they are a part of a time long ago; the stuff of good summertime daydreams.

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Urban city walking path…

Canadian Geese along Lake Michigan edge with downtown Chicago in background. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Asters line the wall along the pathway in Lincoln Park, Chicago. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Five miles from downtown Chicago. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg

Walking and bicycling through Lincoln Park in Chicago is primarily done on the paved (official) pathway that meanders down the west side of the park. There is also this Lake Michigan frontage pathway which is broken up by various harbor entrances for boaters. This rougher pathway is less traveled, so especially on weekends is less of a busy pedestrian highway than the paved route.

For those unfamiliar with Chicago the tallest building on the left is the John Hancock, the middle one is the Trump Hotel, and the one on the right is the Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower). Lincoln Park runs about 18 miles along Lake Michigan’s southwestern edge, north of downtown Chicago. It connects to other lake front parks in the downtown area. The parks of Chicago are part of the treasures that make Chicago such a special city.

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urban wildlife…

One of two prairie patches in this area of Cook County Forest Preserve, Miami Woods. I’ve seen deer along the bike (and jogger and walker) trail, but never so close to the trail in the prairie area. Yes, they are fairly comfortable with humans passing by; but never tame.  I still feel lucky after 27 years of observations when they allow me to watch for a while.

Urban deer copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Urban deer copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Appearances aren't what they seem; copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Appearances aren’t what they seem; copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

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