Chicago Part 4: Downtown & Blueman Group

February 28, 2007

A couple days before X’mas Rob drove us both downtown for some sightseeing. We had no plans other than watching the Blueman Group at 10pm. We made a couple pitt stops along the way to Briar Street Theater.

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Evanston Dog Beach, where the dogs roam freely and swim. One of the few in Chicago.

The 30 minute ride to downtown Chicago was pleasant as there were not traffic jams. Rob picked the perfect time to go. The view of downtown mirrors the area where I stayed in New York. Lots of tall buildings with uniquely designed architecture.

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I thought this house looks like the “Charmed” sisters’ house

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Rock n’ roll McDonald’s

Rob parked by the road near the Sears Tower, the tallest building in America, formerly tallest in the world, because it was cheaper than parking in those big parking garages. We did some sightseeing by foot and eventually took the train to Briar Street for the show.

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X’mas tree in the lobby of the Sears Tower

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The Daley Center

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Lots of lights on display at the Daley Center

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Big tall X’mas tree, as always, at the Daley Center

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The Millennium Park was a few minutes walking distance from the Daley Center. It has really cool sculptures of sorts. (Don’t mind me, I’m not artistically literate.) Standing in the entrance of Millennium Park itself are two gigantic screens of changing human faces of different race. I’m sure it means something but I’m too lazy to find out.

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See the black shadow? That’s me and my purse. LOL

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This is the back of a pavilion, an outdoor concert venue.

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Cloud Gate

The Cloud Gate is probably one of its kind and the signature sculpture at Millennium Park. It reflects Chicago’s famous skyline and the clouds, which would be clearer in the picture had it been taken during the day time. It’s more than 30 feet high and 60 feet wide. The cool thing about it is that there’s a high arch that allows people to go under the sculpture and touch the mirror-like surface and see their reflection back in different perspectives.

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Better picture, with brighter lighting

After Millennium Park, we took a train to the closest stop where the show was. We ate dinner at a nice little restaurant, which I failed to camwhore in because I was tired and hungry plus I kenak (got) my monthly visitor there and then. Thank goodness I was prepared. :P

We had tickets for the 10pm show so we took our time with dinner and walked around the area for a little while, but walking in the cold with stomach cramps wasn’t at all that fun.

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The Blueman Group was spectacular! They consist of 3 blue men in black suits, banging and clanking on plastic pipes, steel etc. Their perfomances was just simply amazing, combining music, comedy and multimedia theatrics. It was truly a unique experience. The atmosphere created at their show kept me anticipating for more. I saw some videos of them in YouTube so you can do a search if you’re interested to know what kinda music they do.

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No photo taking was allowed during the show so no pictures/videos of the show. Everyone in the hall had to take an oath. It was funny, there was a long screen of text on the stage and everyone had to read it. Surprisingly, Rob’s name came up on the screen as they joked that he needed to pay his credit card bills (because Rob paid the tickets with a credit card). Even birthday wishes came up on the screen. It was very cool.

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Exhibit R

Before the show started, strips of paper was passed around and we’re suppose to tie it on our heads. I didn’t do it though. Everyone else looked so silly. Observe exhibit R above. :P

I can’t really explain in words the show. I was speechless a few times during the show. It was so out-of-the-ordinary that by the end of the show, there was a GIGANTIC pile of paper in front of the stage. The Blueman Group made EVERYONE pull down (if I had to guess) over 100 rolls of (recycled) paper from the back row all the way to the first row.

Everyone had a chance to take pictures with the Blueman group when the show was done. I definitely did not pass out the opportunity.

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Night-shot of the Rock n’ Roll Mickie D’s

Oh I forgot to mention that Chicago is not called the “Windy City” for nothing. It was SO windy and made the air COLDER!!!! I had long-johns aka warm underwear and a winter jacket on and I was STILL shivering outside!

Okay, I gotta go work on my thesis. Rob and I made a deal. :D

Ta~~~

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