BREAKING: The carillon at Rockefeller Chapel is currently playing Amanda McBroom’s “The Rose,” better known as the song that the Happy Hands Club signed in Napoleon Dynamite. Hard to control our laughter picturing this face:
A better three perfect days would include eating at Nuevo Leon in Pilsen, visiting the Museum of Science & Industry in Hyde Park, going to hear Andre Hatchett spin at the Dating Game, catching a White Sox game, catching a Sunday service at St. Sabina, driving down South Shore Drive listening to Herb Kent, having breakfast at Ms. Biscuit in Washington Park, watching a Bears game at The Scout (or better, someone’s house), grabbing a corned beef or pastrami sandwich from Morry’s Deli on 57th, watching Tokie pour drinks at Reese’s, play a round of golf at Jackson Park, gamble at the Horseshoe Casino, catch a set at Jokes & Notes, visit the ARTrevolution art gallery in Little Village, get a hoagy from Home of the Hoagy on 111th, couture shop at Essential Elements on 87th, sneaker shop at Succezz in the South Loop, hear jazz at the Velvet Lounge on Cermak, see a play at eta in Grand Crossing, wait at Midway Airport for one of Kanye’s private planes to land.
The highlight of my night came at around 10 p.m. Approaching the Point from the north along the lakeshore path, I happened upon the barriers. From my vantage point it was difficult to see anything at the Point, and difficult to even hear anything. However, promptly at 10 p.m. a band began to play loudly. This was presumably Prince, who was reported would be playing a two-hour set. I stood in the light rain listening for about five minutes with three other people, until the summer night became too chilly. Remember that scene when Luke watches the binary sunset on Tatooine? Like Luke, I too gazed wistfully off into the distance, although without a John Williams score.
Doug Wilson, the owner and apprentice-less master at O’Gara and Wilson, will close the Hyde Park bookstore that has occupied 57th Street since at least 1913 — and move to Indiana. The business — which once was called Woodworth’s — actually dates to 1882, but it has had different locations in the city.