Something’s coming…something good

But what? Here is another hint or two:Truck
Who_knows

You all know by now that this girl is having issues with becoming a big city girl. One of my friends from long ago was raised on a cliff hanging over the Canadian shore of Lake Superior; at night they could hear the wolves running deer over the cliff and then going down on the beach to dine. She lived there because her father suffered from “shell shock.” He had the real deal after serving on the coast of Normandy during WWII. Sometimes I think I know how he felt, my lack of military experience notwithstanding.

But! even though this must not be Kansas, I’m trying to make lemonade here. Last fall I got actively involved with the neighborhood garden committee at Oz Park*. You remember that- it’s the lovely park four houses from here, that includes a bustling playground and the Emerald Gardens. We go on Saturday mornings and rake and weed and prune- and clean up, ahem, prophylactics. It’s a very romantic spot, especially to DePaul students. Last fall several hundred new bulbs were planted in these beds; I arrived back here for the tail end of that burst of color. Here’s a picture of those urban gardens, with their start on the season. I like this picture because it reminds me of my big perennial beds back home in Michigan. Perhaps you’ll also see another clue, too. Tomorrow, right here in the Land of Oz…
Hintgar

And here’s an interesting e-mail that came from Rich this morning; an advisory for those who work in his building on the corner of Wacker and Columbus.

According to the Chicago Police, the following street closures will be in effect for filming.
All references to Columbus Drive are for the upper portion – this filming should not affect
access to our dock or parking garage.
Portions of downtown Chicago streets will be shuttered and Chicago Transit Authority buses re-routed every evening this week as film crews shoot scenes for “Wanted.”

Affected streets, primarily Wacker Drive, will be closed at 7 p.m. and will reopen at 6 a.m., city officials said.

The film, starring Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie and Chicago’s own Common, calls for a high-speed car chase that begins on Lower Wacker Drive and finishes on Upper Wacker Drive, said Richard Moskal, director of the Chicago Film Office.

“They started filming last night and will go through this week,” he said.

Concrete barriers, which will be used as props for the chase scene, were erected down the middle of Wacker Drive on Tuesday afternoon.

The street closures will force the Chicago Transit Authority to reroute 14 bus lines starting at 7 p.m. every night this week, said a spokeswoman for the CTA.

“Buses should be running their regular route (during the day),” she said.

Stargazers hoping to get a glimpse of the cast will have to wait until later this summer.

“The principle cast is not in town,” Mr. Moskal said. “They are filming the biggest portion of the movie in Prague and will come back to Chicago in August.”

ITC means intermittent temporary closures.

May 17th
Full closure on Lake from Canal to LaSalle from 7 pm – 6 am
Full closure on Franklin from Randolph to Wacker Dr. 7 pm – 6 am
Full closure on Wells from Randolph to Wacker Dr. 7 pm – 6 am
Full closure on Upper Wacker Dr from Franklin to Randolph 7 pm – 6 am
ITC on Lasalle from Randolph to Wacker Dr. 7 pm – 6 am
ITC on Canal from Randolph to Fulton. 7 pm – 6 am

This area includes Helicopter filming over Chicago River 7 pm – 11 pm:

Full closure on Upper Wacker Dr from Columbus to State St. 7 pm – 6 am
Full closure on Columbus from South Water to Upper Wacker from 7pm – 6 am
Full closure on Wacker Pl. between Wabash & Michigan Ave 7 pm – 6 am
Full closure on Wabash from Kinzie to Randolph 7 pm – 6 am
ITC Upper Michigan fromWacker pl. to Upper Illinois St
ITC on Stetson from S. Water to Wacker Dr. 7 pm – 6am
ITC on State from Lake to Kinzie

May 18th
This area includes Helicopter filming over Chicago River 7 pm – 11 pm:

Full closure on Upper Wacker Dr from Columbus to State St. 7 pm – 6 am
Full closure on Columbus from South Water to Upper Wacker from 7pm – 6 am
Full closure on Wacker Pl. between Wabash & Michigan Ave 7 pm – 6 am
Full closure on Wabash from Kinzie to Randolph 7 pm – 6 am
ITC Upper Michigan fromWacker pl. to Upper Illinois St
ITC on Stetson from S. Water to Wacker Dr. 7 pm – 6am
ITC on State from Lake to Kinzie

So, I ask you: Are they filming any high speed chases in your neighborhood?
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The answer is in the link…

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10 responses to “Something’s coming…something good

  1. You’re getting the Tin Man?

    What a lovely park to have so close to home!

    No high-speed chases here – we live on a cul-de-sac (lucky us).

  2. Ah… that Emerald city.

    And, no high speed chases here. Although, my painters are chasing a deadline with impending rain. Does that count?

  3. I would like to be there to see D&T. Take good pictures.
    I’m sure all of Chicago must be loving the street closings.

  4. I had a terrible crush on Leonard Bernstein when I was young.

    Dorothy and Toto!! What’s next, The Lollipop Guild?

    There is another Emerald City, somewhere over the rainbow and way past any movie car chases, you know. They made a tiny bit of “Sleepless in Seattle” here and no houseboats were harmed in the filming.

    The Jewelers Building! Chicago Art Deco at its best! And, my Emily’s old haunt!

  5. Race out there and join the pack. Maybe you can get on film….

  6. HA–I had it mostly figured out, but not the exact specifics. And no, no car chases in my heighborhood. However, there are a couple of rapists at large around here who have been trying to abduct school girls about 5 minutes from where I live. Worrisome.

  7. The whole Oz Park vibe is so cool. No high speed filming here. Real life high speed chases? Yes. Unfortunately.

  8. High speed chases are not common in our area earlier in the year I did have a couple of armed gunmen in my backyard. Of course that was a common occurence when I lived in the urban setting of East Palo Alto which was named the Murder Capitol of the Country the year before we moved there. Yes, our families were thrilled.

    Start staking you a good spot for Jolie Spotting come August — it’s never to early to get the good spots, I’m sure!

  9. In Ann Arbor a high speed chase means a different thing. No filming around here for a long time, but it was actually fun when Tom Hanks was in town to murder Jude Law in “Road to Perdition” near the cottage. Or was that Paul Newman? Anyway, hope that you are feeling better.

  10. Dorothy and Toto…. and you will have pictures from the grand unveiling! Is the yellow truck …. for the yellow brick wall?

    I am off today to see the wizard of sorts… four houses…. one in a division called “Emerald Greens”…. how Oz-like is that?

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