Monday, August 5, 2013

Black and Whites Chicago May 2013

Being a ridiculously huge pro wrestling fan, I try to get as much of the behind the scenes psychology I can. Much of this psychology can actually be translated into the real world and what you do in your life to screw yourself or, in better cases, move ahead. The man that I get the best behind the scenes info is from former VP of talent relations and the former announcer and voice of the WWE, Jim Ross (aka Good Ol JR). His biggest piece of advice to all of the young talent on the WWE roster is to maximize your minutes. Well, when I went to Chicago back at the end of May, I made sure to do the same.

I know I've mentioned it several times by now, but I only had six hours to spend in a town I'd never wanted to visit before. My biggest draws were train stations and giant metallic beans. With that in mind, I searched the internet and found out two locations that directly matched my criteria, Millenium Park and Dearborn Station. I hope you all get to enjoy at least Millenium park someday, and Buckingham fountain just a few blocks south. Two places that have invaded my thoughts and dreams since I visited them.

Front Door of Dearborn Station. Now a retail shop. Bummer.

Huge amphitheater adjacent to the big bean, the Jay Pritzker Pavillion. They yelled at me for walking on the grass. I made sure to take a few extra steps before getting back on the sidewalk.

The Giant Bean, AKA Clouds Gate. Looks much cooler in black and white then in color.

The tower of Dearborn Station. There used to be a roof cap on the tower until it burned down in a fire. It was more dull to look at now that the building was turned into a retail strip mall. Very depressing.

A stellar view of the Downtown sky from the Jay Pritzker Pavillion. I took this while standing on the grass while the gardners were working as mentioned in the above image. It couldn't have been a better looking day. Now if only I had brought my filter for a more dramatic shot.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion