Christmas Eve: Return to Rogers Avenue

Finding the energy to walk back over was a bit difficult, but I so wanted to see those glittery deer lit…determination won out! I bundled up and walked the three-quarters of a mile, taking many other images along the way, and when I arrived, the lovely deer were not lit! Aaargh!

Disappointed, I walked over to Howard Street, which was surprisingly quiet (wish it could always be so quiet!), and found just a few interesting spots to shoot. Carrying the tripod was cumbersome; I had to keep removing it from a shoulder bag, so I took off the camera and did some hand-helds…hard to do in low light, but they came out well.

Deciding to return home (I was freezing!), I began to walk back another route until that ‘little voice’ said, “No, go check once more!”, and I did.

Here are the results, which I thought were lovely!

Too bad the second, tiniest fawn, right below the doe's front feet, wasn't lit, too!

Too bad the second, tiniest fawn, right below the doe’s front feet, wasn’t lit, too!

The tree with ornaments picked up some street light (Ugh, sodium vapor!) and the lovely deepening blue of twilight!

The tree with ornaments picked up some street light (Ugh, sodium vapor!) and the lovely deepening blue of twilight!

Since I was there the other day, the owners added a playmate for the deer and some extra lights!

Pretty cute, huh?

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On the Magnificent Mile: XII (the Finale)

At the Drake Hotel

The Drake Hotel, on a 1920 postcard (Photo courtesy:  Wikipedia)

The Drake Hotel, on a 1920 postcard (Photo courtesy: Wikipedia)

The Drake Hotel, during the Christmas season (Photo courtesy:  Wikipedia

The Drake Hotel, during the Christmas season (Photo courtesy: Wikipedia)

From Wiki:

The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, Illinois, is a luxury full-service hotel, located downtown on the lake side of Michigan Avenue two blocks north of the John Hancock Center and a block south of Oak Street Beach at the top of the Magnificent Mile.

Overlooking Lake Michigan, it was founded in 1920, designed in the Italian Renaissance style by the firm of Marshall and Fox, and soon became one of Chicago’s landmark hotels, a longtime rival of the Palmer House. It has 537 bedrooms and 74 suites, a six-room Presidential Suite, several restaurants, two large ballrooms, the “Palm Court” (a club-like secluded lobby), and Club International (a members-only club introduced in the 1940s). It is known for the contribution that its silhouette and its sign on the lake side of the building (the Oak Street side) make to the Gold Coast skyline.

The Drake Hotel was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

This is the Walton Street entrance, just east of the Magnificent Mile.

The Drake Hotel marks the north end of the Magnificent Mile.  This is the Walton Street entrance, just east of Michigan Avenue.

Only the huge Toy Soldier noticed my camera, and smiled brightly!

Only the huge Toy Soldier noticed my camera, and smiled brightly…I could swear he winked at me, too!  As you make your way around him, the grand staircase takes you up to the lobby, where resides the hotel’s fabulous Christmas Tree!

Gorgeous, isn't it, with angels fling above and the crystal chandeliers, the feeling I experienced was that I had gone back in time!

Gorgeous, isn’t it, with angels flying above and the crystal chandeliers, the feeling I experienced was that I had gone back in time!

Here are some macro shots of a few of the many ornaments.

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As an added attraction, the toy train set-up is reminiscent of many years gone by, don’t you think?

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As you can see by its blurriness, that little train was going quite fast!

As you can see by its blurriness, that little train was going quite fast, running the rails through the mountains and a quaint little town!

 

Before I had to leave, I walked right up to the tree and, of course, took a shot ‘looking up’!

Many of my followers have already celebrated the day, but it's just 7:00 PM (CST) here in Chicago...St. Nick hasn't flown by yet, but I'm sure hoping to catch sight of his sleigh!

Many of my followers have already celebrated the day, but it’s just 7:00 PM (CST) here in Chicago…St. Nick hasn’t flown by yet, but I’m sure hoping to catch sight of his sleigh!

Thank you all for joining me on my walking tour of the Magnificent Mile…I know many have found some enjoyment, and others marveled at the amount of decoration the stores and hotels do here in Chicago.  It’s a business, a BIG business…I know, because I used to work as a Holiday Designer professionally…and still make things for others, to give them some joy at this special time of year!

Hopefully, I’ll be able to do the same in 2013!!!

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)!

A Short Walk through Holiday Lane at Macy’s: Part 1

Mice or Chipmunks...or Both?

Mice or Chipmunks…or Both?

Graceful Angels...Everywhere!

Graceful Angels…Everywhere!

One Huge Polar Bear, and many Father Christmases, too!

One Huge Polar Bear, and many Father Christmases, too!