How can anyone possibly resist?
We had a great time, as always. Seen in the beautiful 1929 Music Box Theatre, the way movies are meant to be seen. Lots of popcorn, and a hugely appreciative crowd.
There was an announcement that there will be a Dog Video Fest next year, but I’m having trouble imagining that. It certainly won’t be anything like cat videos.
I walked down the street to watch this year’s Pride Parade. It was huge.
It was a beautiful day for a parade, and the spectators were appreciative. It was very loud. I hope everyone wore enough sunscreen.
And GC1 got me a souvenir medal at the Zoo.
The grandkids wanted to go to the Field, and especially to see Sue.
The picture they take when you first arrive. Don’t they look thrilled? They were a lot happier after they got into the museum.
They got to see a lot of fossils, including Sue.
“It’s named after the woman who discovered it,” CVH told the kids.
“Yeah, her first name,” I drolly noted. “I know, isn’t it terrible.” “At least they didn’t name it Darlin’.”
Afterward, we had more boba tea.
A stunningly beautiful day in Chicago, and we decided to go to the zoo. We left in such a hurry to catch the bus that I forgot the camera, so there aren’t many pictures.
We did see the new tiger cub (so cute!), and the pygmy hippo (also cute). Here are GC1 and GC2 at the hippo exhibit.
We also saw the giraffes, rhinoceroses, and the rest of the usual gang.
Afterward we stopped for boba tea. They love the stuff, and I had never had it before. It is delicious! Us elderly can learn something from teenagers, after all.
Mama had a milestone birthday. The grandchildren were on hand.
And mama got the first big piece.
But before the cake we had Chinese food from Furama.
Which everybody dug into.
Among other gifts, mama got a new hat.
It’s Memorial Day weekend! Traditional start of Chicago summer. People flock to the beach.
There were a lot of people out there today in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. Because it’s the start of summer. They weren’t going to let the fact that it was 55°F at the lakeshore change their mind.
No Spring (yet) this year. Last week’s photo showed CVH in her parka on Michigan Avenue, and today it was 28°C (82°F) in Chicago. They don’t turn on our air conditioning for another week, so the cat is hot:
Each Spring, Chicago plants billions (well, at least a million) tulips along Michigan Avenue. Each Spring, Chicago raises the bridges downtown to let sailboats that have been in storage all winter out into the lake. Each Spring, Chicago finally warms up after a long, cold winter.
This morning we went downtown to watch the bridge lift and see the tulips and enjoy the weather.
We saw the tulips, but for some reason, they did not raise the bridges, and as you can tell from the coat, it’s not warm either.
On the morning of 3 March 1934, infamous bank robber John Dillinger escaped from the jail in Crown Point, Indiana. Supposedly he used a wooden gun that he had carved there to fool the guards.
The Crown Point Jail today
Earlier, upon arriving in Crown Point, John had some rather casual pictures taken with the Sheriff and Prosecutor. His escape and these photos ended their political careers.
Sheriff Holley, Prosecutor Estill, and John
After leaving the jail, Dillinger went to the garage next to the courthouse, stole the Sheriff’s Ford V8, and took it to Chicago, abandoning it a block from where we now live.
The Abandoned Getaway Car
These days, it’s a lot harder to find a parking spot in our neighborhood. The hundred-year-old L tracks in the background are being rebuilt this year.
A Dillinger buff eventually tracked the car down, restored it, and even took it back to Crown Point to show it off.