Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I usually carry my camera as I pass around Chicago on foot and try to capture anything that seems different or odd. Since my photos are famously low quality I try to make up for it with a high quantity.
In the upper left - this is a photo of a house in a VERY expensive part of River North, an old brownstone. But looking in the window I see... one of those "skull" vodka bottles - It is called "Crystal Head Vodka" and the link, strangely enough, comes to a sales pitch by Dan Akroyd.
In the upper right, a photo of Coyote Ugly, in River North, now defunct. Their web site mentions that many of their bars closed across the USA, but they still seem to be around in others. Strangely enough, someone walked up to me on the street and asked if I knew where Coyote Ugly was, and I did, and I also told him it was closed and directed him and his buddy to Hooters nearby. Very odd that I was the one of one thousand people who would know the answer to that question. Even funnier is the fact that at first the Coyote Ugly sign in the window said it was "closed for remodeling" - Ha Ha how would you even remodel that crappy place? Would you perhaps clean the floor or something? It was just benches and a bar. Maybe they'd fix that dentist chair that the girls spun guys around in.
In the lower left, a photo of perhaps the worst remodeling job I have ever seen. This is a main street, Ohio in fact, and someone put the crappiest addition ever atop a brick building, and then festooned it with antennas. Why do we even pretend to have zoning laws? Worst yet, it looks awful from above, and unfortunately I can see it in all its glory every day right outside my balcony.
In the lower right, we walked by the Lincoln Restaurant, on the corner of Lincoln and Irving Park Road, and they have BANJO MONDAYS! Now that is a demographic I didn't think was that popular in Chicago, but what the heck do I know, after all people drink PBR, too, and think that is cool nowadays.
Cross posted at ChicagoBoyz