Transformers Set

Transformers 3 is filming in Chicago near my office. Here are some photos of the pseudo-destruction:

Transformers Set.

Exquisite City

Jay Ryan’s exquisite block

Originally uploaded by vinzcha

Over 60 imaginary city blocks handcrafted in cardboard by Chicago artists comprise the excellent exhibit The Exquisite City.

Notable artists include Jay Ryan, whose model is shown, and Neko Case, who created a stunning nineteenth century hotel burning down in the Great Chicago Fire (complete with smoke rising to the ceiling).

The level of creativity and attention to detail that went into the models impressed me greatly.

Check out the website for various events, including an opening reception tomorrow night.

Exquisite City
Chicago Tourism Center (across from the Cultural Center)
72 E Randolph, Chicago, IL
Through March 15

(See more photos of the Exquisite City at Flickr)

Election Night at Grant Park

Waiting on the Lawn

I didn’t intend to spend election night at the Obama rally at Grant Park.  I didn’t have a ticket to the viewing area, so I planned to spend the night watching election returns at a friend’s house.

Still, I figured it would be worth stopping by Grant Park to see the crowds and get some photos before I went home.

Paint by Numbers Obama

But when I got there, the crowd was alive.  It was like New Years Eve, the 4th of July, and AwesomeDay all wrapped into one.  Excited smiles were on every face.  I can’t remember when I’ve seen so many joyous, hopeful people all in one place.

More Smiles for Obama

I never left the rally until well after Obama’s victory speech.  It was exhilarating to be in the crowd, and I felt I couldn’t miss that historic night in Grant Park.

After Obama spoke, there was much cheering and celebrating.  The world felt different and more optimistic.  Seeing all the happy young kids there, I realized they are now going to grow up in a much different country.  It was pretty amazing.

Flag Girl

More photos from the Obama election night rally.