A Visit with Marilyn on Michigan Avenue


This was the second of two warm weekend days (in a row) here in Chicagoland. So it was off to see Marilyn Monroe and then to purchase a new bracket for my automobile GPS unit.

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Marilyn is a "Smash" hit here in Chicago!

We left the UIC parking lot and headed due east to reach Michigan Avenue. The idea was to ride along the Magnificent Mile to reach Pioneer Plaza Court to see “Marilyn”. But along the way I could not resist some of the more deliciously visual statues and artwork that makes our fair city so famous.

By the time we reached Marilyn the crowds were already camped under her billowing dress and everyone was wildly snapping away at what has become the new Picasso/Bean (i.e. a destination from which you can prove you were in Chicago). Tourists from many parts of the Far East were eagerly stepping up to pose with her. Even jaded New Yorkers have found in Marilyn a kindred spirit which they seem eager to embrace.

I suppose that the television series “Smash” has upped the value of this statue in ways that few could have imagined a year ago. She was destined for removal last fall but my guess is that someone wants to keep her here long enough to reap the financial rewards of tourist dollars obviously being spent in this and other downtown locations.

Next it was a ride along Michigan Avenue to the Garmin store. We purchased a replacement bracket holder for our automotive GPS unit. Afterwards we headed west along Huron Street to reach Milwaukee which we then rode to our usual destination Native Foods Cafe (in Wicker Park) for luncheon. The place was busy today and everyone who could or would ride their bikes to lunch seemed to have done so.

On the way back to the car we rode along Woods Street and enjoyed a quieter and less hectic tour of the neighborhoods just west of Milwaukee Avenue. Then it was up Paulina into the yawning mouth of the Rush Memorial Hospital and from there along Taylor Street back to where we began a wonderful afternoon romp.

Technical Note

I have been using Apple Aperture 3.2.2 to post process my RAW files captured on the Nikon 1 V1. Today I decided to try out the newly downloaded iPhoto 9.2.2. Wow! This new application is so much easier to use than Aperture. And it seems to render the RAW files as easily and to generate outstanding JPEGs. A nice benefit from an upgrade of the software.

Cyclometer Info

Distance: 10.4 miles
Time: 1h 32m 56s