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Chicago Harbor

I spent three days in Chicago in August 2009. The first day was a beautiful, warm, late summer day. The last two? They were miserable, rainy affairs. Still, one has to make do with what nature deals them. It can’t be too bad – after all, I did get to see a Cubs game that was played in a tight window between periods of deluge. On my last morning, I just wandered around The Loop and ended up on the harbor, watching all these boats rocking left and right, back and forth, as the wind whipped and the rain began to fall. A rainy, but oddly beautiful, end to my all-too-short visit to Chicago.

This photo was taken on August 27, 2009.

Chicago Harbor

A Walk Through Wrigley Field

After starting my summer of funemployment with an early July trip to Austin, I finished it off with a late August journey to Chicago. Food, booze, and sights were there in excess but no trip there would be complete without taking in a game at Wrigley Field. The day I went was a miserable one – chilly (for late August), windy, and wet. In short, just miserable. Somehow, they managed to get a game in, thanks to the quick work of the grounds crew. While they were setting up to get the game going at a decent time, I took the opportunity to walk all throughout the historic stadium. Maybe aged or old would be a better way to describe it – the bathrooms have troughs for men to urinate in – very bar/nightclub-like and equally messy. It’s decidedly no-frills here with just two decks of stands and the bleachers in the outfield. It’s a nice stadium but, like Fenway Park and the old Yankee Stadium, if it weren’t historic, it’d be a dump. I’m not ripping on the place but sometimes the truth sucks. I hear they got rid of the troughs this year so they’re slowly making some progress, I guess.

These photos were taken on August 26, 2009.