Weekly Photo Challenge: Tour Guide

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The tour is all about the quiet spaces that you can find in the big city of Chicago and when you can find them. There is Daley Plaza.  It gets transformed depending on the season.  Today is a quiet day in June. But in October they turn the fountain water orange for Halloween and there’s a Halloween House.  At Christmas there is a tree and the fountain is lit with white lights.  Lake Michigan is busy in summer and quiet in winter, but always a beautiful sight. This is a day in September. Finally, a short walk west of Navy Pier and you find this little tree-lined area.  The Lake is on the left and in front of you. There are benches in spots for you to stop and sit. It’s September.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

Monument to the Great Northern Migration

Alison Saar’s bronze figure is a testament to the thousands of African Americans who migrated to Chicago in the early 20th century in search of greater freedom and opportunity. The traveler’s hand is raised in salutation to his new home. In his other hand he carries a worn suitcase symbolic of his journey, dreams and talents.

The figure is facing north, symbolizing the traveler’s destination.

My mother’s family was a part of that migration. My father’s family came to Chicago years earlier.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Resilient


Holy Name Cathedral opened in 1874 and became the seat of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  It was built after the Chicago Fire destroyed the Cathedral of St. Mary. An attic fire closed it for most of 2008 and 2009. It’s Midnight Mass on Christmas is broadcast around the world via WGN TV.