Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving
A Robert Indiana Hope sculpture,
companion piece to his famous Love sculpture in Philadelphia,
on display by the John Hancock Building
Monday, November 21, 2011
Finishing up Pilsen with a few random photos from the area
(I like how the Red Devil looks a little Johnny Depp-ish)
Pilsen Artsy A Crazy Chef painting in an
Street Lamp area grocery store
A Pilsen Institution with Yummy Food
Sunday, November 20, 2011
According to a Chicago Neighborhoods history book I have, the Pilsen neighborhood was originally "settled" by Czechoslovakians, Austrians, Polish, and Lithuanians. Pilsen's name is derived from the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic (Plzen). So, seeing little remnants - such as the Beer Stein gate post in the first photo and the "L. Wilimovsky" nameplate on the building in the second photo isn't too surprising.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Another new mural in Pilsen, the J-Def Peace Project, honors a local hip-hop artist that was killed in 2009. Here are a few segments of that mural.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Pilsen has many vibrantly painted murals. Here are a few scenes from one of the newer ones entitled Reach for Peace.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
There's a beautifully painted Community Center in Pilsen called Casa Aztlan. Here are a few scenes from the building. The blank white spaces seem to indicate that the exterior is always being updated and refreshed.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Artsy Sidewalk Marker
Artsy Gangway Gate
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The drawback to Autumn Sailing Classes (which I think is what those little boats in the bottom right of the photo were doing) is that your class could be held while snow flakes are falling. The benefit, though, is a chance to see some great Autumnal Sky Colors
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Another view of the Fishing Pond at Palmisano Park (Stearns Quarry) along with a close-up of one of the limestone boulders, left over from the old quarry, that adorn the park. Are those ridges signs of fossils?
Palmisano Park Fishing Pond
Limestone Boulder from Stearns Quarry
Park History Interpretive Sign
Friday, November 11, 2011
It snowed on Thursday. If you blinked, you missed it. A few minutes later the sun came out; then another snow shower; then the sun came out again.
I got confused! I wasn't sure if it was a sign that Winter was coming or if it meant that today was the start of Baseball Season ;)
Thursday, November 10, 2011
This is blurrier than I would like it to be. But given that it was dawn and the freighter wouldn't hold still for me, it's not too bad -- especially if you pretend it is an impressionist painting. This freighter came by last week along with a few more -- it was almost like a parade. I guess they were getting their last trips in before the weather makes it too dangerous to continue running.
I'm posting this photo today because it is the anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald during a bad storm on Lake Superior. So, find the Gordon Lightfoot song on iTunes and toast the "Fitz", the captain, and the crew.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
This is the fountain at the entrance to Palmisano Park (the old Stearns Quarry). Although it was turned off for the season, it is quite impressive. Apparently, the water is drawn from the Fishing Pond. The fountain is connected to a chute that recirculates the water back down the park's sloping landscape to the pond.
The terraced landscape of the park
The Interpretive Sign about the park's fountain
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Stearns Quarry was a limestone quarry in the Bridgeport neighborhood in Chicago. It closed around 1970 and became a clean construction landfill. The Chicago Park District turned it into a very scenic and welcoming park, named Palmisano Park, in 2009. Here's the link for more information on this park.
Information on the Fishing Pond (above)
from one of the Interpretive signs in the park