Macy’s Washington Street displays…

…bespeak the gift of entertaining, with mostly traditional themes.

Have a look!

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But…these beautiful vitrines were not created by Macy’s display staff!

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It’s really nice to know that the students seem very interested in carrying on Christmas traditions…and my congratulations to all of them…it’s a marvelous display!

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Merry Christmas to all, and don’t forget to leave cookies for Santa, and some treats for the reindeer, too!

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Mmm, mmm, YUM!

On Washington Street just west of Michigan Avenue, Toni’s La Patisserie windows are filled with Christmasy edibles!

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Okay, you can all stop drooling!

(I think I gained five pounds just taking these shots!)

Post number 1,000!

Oooh, I’ve come a long way, baby!

It’s been about sixteen and a half months since I joined WordPress and though I haven’t calculated how many images are contained in these first thousand posts, let’s just say it has to be somewhat over two or even three thousand, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking and processing each and every one, presenting you with my best efforts!

In this post, I will show you some images I’ve been saving…I took them on November 2, 2012, when I went downtown to vote early (but I did not vote often, as some do here in Chicago!).  My location was the southwest corner of Washington and Dearborn Streets.  The large glass building houses CBS Television Studios, and is just across Dearborn Street from the Richard J. Daley Center and Daley Plaza.

I hope you enjoy “LOOP REFLECTIONS–or, Into the Glass…Brightly”!

The old reflected in the new, looking toward the east on Washington Street

The old reflected in the new, looking toward the east on Washington Street

 

The Richard J. Daley Center, reflected in the tinted glass windows of the CBS television headquarters and studios

The Richard J. Daley Center, reflected in the wavy tinted glass windows of the CBS Television headquarters and studios

 

Buildings south of Washington Street in Chicago's Loop, reflected in the south windows of the CBS building

Buildings south of Washington Street in Chicago’s Loop, reflected in the south windows of the CBS building

 

The Cook County/Chicago City Hall building (on the left) and the City of Chicago flag and other building, reflected in the west windows of the CBS building

The Cook County/Chicago City Hall building (on the left) and the City of Chicago flag and other building, reflected in the west windows of the CBS building

After such a ‘scary health’ year, I feel I am very blessed to be able to continue this blog; because I can no longer drink alcohol, I’ll raise a glass of imported Italian blood orange soda (Oh, YUM!) to YOUall my 165 followers–who have kept me going and given me the drive and energy to make it through these rough months!

You make me happy…and I am more fit than I’ve been in many years, because I walk about so many places here in Chicago, in order to present the beauty which can be found when we choose to search for it!

Here’s to YOU, and the next thousand posts!

Just a bit early…

…or is Macy’s just a bit needy?

As I walked up Washington Street in downtown Chicago yesterday, I was taken aback with the Christmas decorations already up inside Macy’s (formerly Marshal Field’s) State Street store.  The main State Street windows are still under construction, but the interior of the first floor seems to be in full Christmas season regalia.  I didn’t have time to step inside as I was on my way to vote EARLY…maybe next week, I’ll go downtown again, stop in, and see how much progress is being made on the Great Tree in the Walnut Room restaurant!

 

 

 

Reflections at a Patisserie

Please hum to yourselves, “Pictures at an Exhibition”, by Modest Mussogorsky (1874)…you know how it goes; if not, look it up!

Toni Patisserie and Cafe is a new patisserie (bakery) open on Washington Street, between Wabash Street and Michigan Avenue, right across from the Chicago Cultural Center.  Here are some images I took yesterday afternoon:

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Please note the beautiful patterns in the frosting on these Maple Leaf Cookiesoh, YUM!