The Twosided Holiday Store

The Twosided Holiday Store is in the Lakeview neighborhood, at the corner of Clark Street and Wellington Avenue.  I hadn't been in the area for a few years, and was delighted to find it!

The Twosided Holiday Store is in the Lakeview neighborhood, at the corner of Clark Street and Wellington Avenue. I hadn’t been in the area for a few years, and was delighted to find it!

It looks as if they carry every Christmas ornament ever made, does,'t it?

It looks as if they carry every Christmas ornament ever made, doesn’t it?

'Twosided' because it occupies two separate, but now joined spaces.  It was sure a great place to browse (and get ideas for making future decorations)!

‘Twosided’ because it occupies two separate, but now joined spaces. It was sure a great place to browse (and get ideas for making future decorations)!

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On the Magnificent Mile: X

At the Park Hyatt Hotel

It’s not a very technically ‘good’ shot, perhaps because I expected a bit more from this place.  I did much of their original outdoor planting before they opened in 2000, and know the interior quite well.  Though the address is 800 N. Michigan Avenue, this entrance fronts Chicago Avenue.

Pretty BLAH, as festive Christmas decorations go...I did not even go in to photograph their collection of Chihuly glass!

Pretty BLAH, as festive Christmas decorations go…I did not even go in to photograph their collection of Chihuly glass!

The little half-block long ‘western’ Michigan Avenue is where the carriages pick up their clientele, so the horses are always there, like this lovely mare:

All decked out, but she looked very, very bored...she was listening though, as her ears kept flicking back and forth!

All decked out, but she looked very, very bored…she was listening though, as her ears kept flicking back and forth!

If you turn 180 degrees, you face the western facade of the Water Tower, which was one of only a few downtown Chicago buildings to survive the Great Fire of October 8, 1871.

It's been more heavily decorated in past years.  There is usually a photography exhibit inside, but I didn't go in this time, because I had another destination, just kitty-corner across Michigan Avenue!

It’s been more heavily decorated in past years. There is usually a photography exhibit inside, but I didn’t go in this time, because I had another destination, just kitty-corner across Michigan Avenue!

At Water Tower Place

This year's theme is "Charlie Brown's Great Exhibit", sponsored by the Museum of Science and Industry.  It's a wonderful change from the somewhat scary 'dancing harlequins' which were used for more than five years!

This year’s theme is “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit”, sponsored by the Museum of Science and Industry. It’s a wonderful change from the somewhat scary ‘dancing harlequins’ which were used for more than five years!

Smaller trees, such as this one, are at the escalators which lead to the second floor...and are thoughtfully and sumptuously decorated.

Smaller trees, such as this one, are at the escalators which lead to the second floor…and are thoughtfully and sumptuously decorated.

Everywhere else, it’s huge lit snowflakes and lights dripping from the ceiling…quite an arduous installation!

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When you arrive at the second floor atrium, the elevators, normally see-through glass, have been covered with (from this side) several story-high “Peanuts” characters…here’s Lucy and Snoopy!

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After riding to the third floor (and getting my ears re-pierced–Christmas gift to self!), I walked back over to the escalators and found this maquette of the Water Tower…nicely done by ‘unknown’!

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Oh, lest I forget, I did see something I absolutely loved on the third floor…and I don’t remember which store!

Both these outfits belong in my closet, but I really took the shot because those little paper things truly intrigued me!  Maybe next year I'll do something with them as an inspiration?

Both these outfits belong in my closet, but I really took the shot because those little paper things truly intrigued me! Maybe next year I’ll do something with them as an inspiration?

As I walked up Rogers Avenue…

…here in Rogers Park during yesterday’s rain, I realized that I hadn’t noticed this tiny but lovely stained glass window.

Of, I stopped and saw how lovely it is...and the ivy, though drying and dying, is a wonderful complement to the creamy stucco.

Of course, I stopped and saw how lovely it is…and the ivy, though drying and dying, is a wonderful complement to the creamy stucco.

When I walked further, I was pleased to see the residents had done some simple, yet really beautiful Christmas decorating!

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The rain continued, steadily, as you can see so many droplets clinging to the branches.

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Plus, I am certain this glittery doe and her two fawns look fabulous when lit at night!

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I’m going to try to get back over there one early evening this weekend with the tripod…I’m sure they will be stunning!

On the Magnificent Mile: IX

At 900 North Michigan Shops

From Wikipedia:900 North Michigan in Chicago is a skyscraper completed in 1989. At 871 feet (265 m) tall, it is currently the eighth tallest building in Chicago and the 25th tallest in the United States. It was developed by Urban Retail Properties in 1988 as an upscale sister to Water Tower Place, one block southeast, and was the second vertical mall built along the Magnificent Mile. The building features a large, upscale shopping mall called 900 North Michigan Shops.

From Wikipedia:
900 North Michigan in Chicago is a skyscraper completed in 1989. At 871 feet (265 m) tall, it is currently the eighth tallest building in Chicago and the 25th tallest in the United States. It was developed by Urban Retail Properties in 1988 as an upscale sister to Water Tower Place, one block southeast, and was the second vertical mall built along the Magnificent Mile.
The building features a large, upscale shopping mall called 900 North Michigan Shops.

Over the entry doors is this beautifully-designed lighting fixture, heavily decorated for the Christmas shopping season.

Over the entry doors is this beautifully-designed lighting fixture, heavily decorated for the Christmas shopping season.

 

Here's what you see when you stand beneath it...pretty, yes?

Here’s what you see when you stand beneath it…pretty, yes?

Let’s go inside!

At Bernardaud Fine China

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Let’s take a closer look at that spectacular cup and saucer!

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At Michael Kors

At Michael Kors

At United Colors of Bennetton

At Unknown-Cool Stuff

At MaxMara

At Unknown-Weird

At Christofle of Paris

You can purchase this Menorah for a mere $!,000...pricey, but totally gorgeous silver!

You can purchase this Menorah for a mere $1,000…pricey, but totally gorgeous silver!

But the ‘big draw’ this time of year at 900 North Michigan Shops is on the second floor!

It's several stories high, and simply loaded with ornamentation!

It’s several stories high, and simply loaded with ornamentation!

I got closer and, of course, couldn't resist looking up!

I got closer and, of course, couldn’t resist looking up!

So, look with me, even closer!

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Alas, it was time to leave, so I took one last look as I made a ‘wish’ for all my followers to have a beautiful Christmas season, and that we may all have a very prosperous New Year!

I DO love this giant openwork urn, don't you?  I think, if I put my wish into it, it will roll around inside and filter out to ALL!

I DO love this giant openwork urn, don’t you? I think, if I put my wish into it, it will roll around inside and filter out to ALL!

 

A (last) Short Walk through Macy’s Holiday Lane: Part 4

There were some pretty 'nutty' Nutcrackers...

There were some pretty ‘nutty’ Nutcrackers…

...and a gorgeous silver tree, decorated in reds and greens so cheery...

…and a gorgeous silver tree, decorated in reds and greens so cheery…

...and crystals so clear, near every type of glass ornament you could want...

…and crystals so clear, near every type of glass ornament you could want…

...but the best part was Mrs. Claus, smiling in her 'all-knowing Mrs. Claus way"!Say...I wonder what her first name is?

…but the best part was Mrs. Claus, smiling in her ‘all-knowing Mrs. Claus way”!
Say…I wonder what her first name is?

In the neighborhood…

…some have gone ‘all out’ decorating for the season! These images were taken at the corner of Sheridan Road and Birchwood Avenue during last Saturdays rain.

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A Short Walk through Macy’s Holiday Lane: Part 3

This beautiful ribbon really stood out, but I'm not so sure about the blue feather wreath!

This beautiful ribbon really stood out, but I’m not so sure about the blue feather wreath!

Love this cute little owl, sitting on a branch of a white tree...so very cheerful, isn't it?

Love this cute little owl, sitting on a branch of a white tree…so very cheerful, isn’t it?

The same tree held a few sock monkeys (I didn't realize owls and monkeys got along that well!), and many other splendid little ornaments in red and green!

The same tree held a few sock monkeys (I didn’t realize owls and monkeys got along that well!), and many other splendid little ornaments in red and green!

These steel branches were hung from a high ceiling with care!  I love the idea of a Christmas ball (or any ornament!) mobile...and just might make one yet this season!

These steel branches were hung from a high ceiling with care! I love the idea of a Christmas ball (or any ornament!) mobile…and just might make one yet this season!