Archive for November 2nd, 2013

I was inspired to take this picture in Chicago – a twist on my usual urban bicycle picture.  I love this shot – it encapsulates the Loop in so many ways…

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CHITMy love affair with the great city of Chicago continues. I arrived in Chicago (the starting base for my road trip to Kentucky and Tennessee) yesterday and instantly felt right at home. Although I usually visit Chicago in the summer, the autumn chill did little to cool my enthusiasm for my weekend visit.

My first stop was my hotel – the Central Loop Hotel – where I was greeted with great hospitality and a well-appointed room (you got to love a city hotel room with a fridge, microwave and an iPod docking station).

I generally don’t stay in The Loop when I visit Chicago (I prefer north of the river), but since it is cooler and I have tickets for events in the theater district, I thought it would be more convenient for this trip. Indeed, the Central Loop Hotel lives up to its name and even better, it is reasonably priced for a long weekend in the big city.

About the Central Loop Hotel: “The Central Loop Hotel is at the center of it all. Major corporate headquarters, world-renowned cultural institutions, esteemed fine dining establishments, and more sit within blocks of our Downtown Chicago boutique hotel. Tailored for seamless business trips and relaxing leisure travel alike, our hotel provides comfortable rooms and suites, spacious corporate apartments, and an array of amenities.”

Check out the Central Loop Hotel here.

Meanwhile, in addition to checking out SOFA CHICAGO (running through Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Chicago’s Navy Pier’s Festival Hall) I had tickets to see Miss Cyndi Lauper last night at the splendid The Chicago Theatre.

The Chicago Theatre is one of those gorgeous old movie palaces that was built at the beginning of the last century and lovingly restored in all its grandeur. The Chicago Theatre’s grand marquee is also worth noting – as it is probably one of the most photographed icons in the Loop after the storied skyline.

About The Chicago Theatre: “The grandeur of The Chicago Theatre often leaves its visitors breathless. The elegant lobby, majestic staircase and beautiful auditorium complete with murals above the stage and on the ceiling, are components of an amazing building called “the Wonder Theatre of the World” when it opened on October 26, 1921. The Chicago Theatre was the first large, lavish movie palace in America and was the prototype for all others. This beautiful movie palace was constructed for $4 million by theatre owners Barney and Abe Balaban and Sam and Morris Katz and designed by Cornelius and George Rapp. It was the flagship of the Balaban and Katz theatre chain.”

The Theatre is an attraction of its own and offers tours as well as a full slate of great performances.

See what’s coming up at the Chicago Theatre here.

CYNOh yeah, the concert. Well any child of the 80s – or boy of a certain age like yours truly – remembers where they were when they first heard “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” – yeah, like 30 years ago already.

Cyndi Lauper is now in the middle of her She’s So Unusual Tour to celebrate the release of her first album, and having seen her in the past and seeing that she was in town while I was here, I just had to go. I have to say I had a great time as did the sold-out house. Just a lot of retro fun from a lady that has more energy now than she did back in the day – and that is a TON of energy.

About Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual album/tour: “Recorded and released in 1983, She’s So Unusual, Lauper’s debut solo album, is a colorful portrait of a unique and multifaceted talent. The album features some of Lauper’s most well-known songs and perennial radio favorites including “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” “Money Changes Everything,” and “All Through the Night.” She’s So Unusual made Lauper a household name and also cemented her place in musical history as the first female artist to have four top 10 singles on a debut album. The release went on to sell over 16 million copies worldwide and won Lauper a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.”

Catch Cyndi Lauper on tour in a city near you this fall.