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Mike’s Next Adventure

Scouting Chicago

Went on a ‘scouting trip’ to Chicago; a trip where there’s really no time to explore, or get a feel for the city – at the mercy of time restraints and responsibilities – but, I took some notes for next time, and wanted to share some pics. Hope you like!


Ecto 1?

L Train

Giant Skittles

Me, wearing an eyepatch, getting drunk on a yacht.

Cap’n Brown Beard

Boat Bartender: “What would you like to drink, Sir?”

Me, pirate voice: “A beer.”

“Bartender: “What kind?”


Thank you. I’ll be here all week. Try the veal, and tip your waiters.


Boaty Cruise

That’s what she said…

Tonight we’re going to party like it’s 9,900

Sand Art

Close enough, from memory – Marina Towers


My, what pretty lights you have.

At O’Hare, racing Marti. Regular walking vs. People Mover. I lost


“House Keeping fluff your pillow…”

Next week I’m heading to Philadelphia to see David Byrne and St. Vincent in concert at the Tower Theater (as most of you know, I have a substantial man-crush on DB).

If anyone has suggestions on where I should go in Philly – restaurants/museums – please, leave a comment, or visit the Roam About Facebook page. I post little side-trips on the Facebook page, and some ‘behind the scene’ stuff as well – contemplating a ‘Pick Mike’s Next Adventure’ type of thing sometime soon – will use this as a trial run.

Also, there’s almost a 1,000 of you. Like, this week there will be a 1,000 Roam About followers. Whoa.

Give-away time again!?!

What do you want, dearest readers? ‘Congo’ on VHS? Who wants to suggest some inspirado! Who? Who?


31 comments on “Scouting Chicago

  1. Brigitte says:

    Great, MIke. Makes me want to visit Chicago — it’s been awhile. Congrats on the 1,000 followers and safe travels!

    1. mabukach says:

      Thanks, Brigitte! Got back to my photographic roots a bit. I’ve been to Chicago like three or four times, but still don’t feel like I’ve experienced it. Same with Philly, and Boston. Time to change that – Philly post soon!

  2. Nathaniel Hahn says:

    Funny Stuff! I really like your jokes and I want to party like its 9900…also…please PLEASE give away a Plush Amy the Gorilla doll from Congo…and can you please make it have a pull string with some classic sayings from the movie…Like…”Amy…love….Peter…trust…Peter” but also put in some of your own…maybe your style of humor…so sick and demented and beyond typical rating systems…I’d make some suggestions…but I would never try to influence the brilliant! Keep up the amazing work…we should have a party when you reach 1000 likes!

    1. mabukach says:

      Oh man, does the plush Amy exist?
      Actually, I just googled it, and it does exist….on Ebay! Eeee!
      All i have to do is record some of our favorite sayings from the movie into a digital recorder, and sew that baby into her back…done!
      Let’s party tonight!

  3. dontsumi says:

    I commend you for not putting up any pictures of “the bean” or the spitting fountains found in Millennium Park. I too like the image of the upside down cop car on Lower Wacker Dr.; it reminds me of driving home every day that they were filming The Dark Knight.

    1. dontsumi says:

      found? um, “fountain.” Brain to hand typing fail.

      1. dontsumi says:

        Oh nevermind. All over fail.

    2. mabukach says:

      The Bean reminds me of Duchamps’ urinal for some reason. Can’t explain this matching, but I didn’t snap it.
      Funny you say that, all those cars were from the Dark Knight. Same street/alley and everything. It was pretty awesome – couldn’t stop saying ‘I’m Batman’ after a few beers.

  4. Tisha says:

    Love the pics. Chicago is one of my favorite cities, yet I always seem to leave with NO good photos. Hmmm… wonder what that’s about. :/

    1. mabukach says:

      Thanks, Tisha! Your Sicily pics are amazingness.
      Interesting….lens cap? Just kidding.
      Composition or lighting?

      1. Tisha says:

        Possibly the lens cap?! Probably lighting… and definitely composition!

        Also, I get more distracted (and drunk?) in Chicago so forget about my camera altogether. Lame, I know.

  5. free penny press says:

    I have never been to the windy city but would love to visit sometime..great pics!1
    High-Five thousand followers man 🙂

    1. mabukach says:

      low-five right bac at ya!

  6. twl says:

    Loved my one day in Chicago. The city reminds me a lot of Toronto (hometown)We stayed with my inlaws last Thanksgiving in the burbs and only got to the city for one day. A whirlwind touristy afternoon at the bean etc and then a foggy night of pub crawling in Boystown.Looking forward to going back but not in November again and definitely not in the burbs. Then there is all the restaurants! Better start saving now. Maybe I’ll bike there. Hmmm……

    1. mabukach says:

      I’ve been meaning to hit up Toronto, or Montreal, or both.
      Still haven’t got a feel for Chicago – gonna have to do it up for longer than two days. I didn’t even get to see the bean, which for some reason, looks like Duchamps urinal to me. Don’t know why…

      I don’t think they stop you at the border if you bike to America…go for it!

  7. Laura says:

    Oh, bringing back Chicago memories! Next time, plan your trip around Gay Pride Parade in the summer… it is truly like no other. Nice scouting trip, and congrats on the millions of followers! Man, you’re good. Last time you wrote about it I think you said a few hundred…. whosh.

    1. mabukach says:

      I will indeed – although – Columbus’ Pride parade is insanely fun. Good times all around. Did you live in Chicago?

      Hahaha one. million. followers…it’s been fun. The folks at WordPress hooked me up, not sure why, but they seem to like me.

      1. Laura says:

        Yeah, I lived there for 3 yrs in the early 90s when I was in art school. GREAT city. But ultimately, the 9 months of cold got to me, and the call of NM was too strong. It’s still one of my favorite places to go in the summer.

        1. mabukach says:

          I hear that – as I scrape off my car everyday for 4 months a year. Ugh. Maybe I’ll defect west as well

  8. Oh! Thanks for this post, I was feeling homesick for the Chi and this did the trick. Funny enough, my post on Thursday will also be about Chicago. Hope you enjoyed your time there.

    1. mabukach says:

      Why, you’re welcome!
      Awesome – looking forward to checking out your Chicago post. Been interested in an insider’s take.

      Thanks for reading!

  9. Maggie O'C says:

    Chicago is such a great city. I’ve only been there a couple of times and definitely need a few more visits to really get it. The architecture is awesome in the true sense of the word. What the hell with the police car?

    1. mabukach says:

      I felt like such a goof looking up the entire time at the architecture – simply amazing.
      Haha yeah, the cop car was one of fifty or so they used in Batman – The Dark Knight. They have them just chilling underneath one of the main veins

      1. Maggie O'C says:

        The first time I went to Chicago, my aunt who lived there for decades told me to take an architecture tour and I was like, “oh yeah, I’ll get right on that.” I’m an idiot because it is fascinating.

        1. mabukach says:

          Your aunt is wise, like a lady yoda

  10. Love the photo of the L Train steps! I’ve never been to Chicago and I feel that’s how I’ve always pictured it. Great job

    1. mabukach says:

      Thanks for stopping by, natemontyphoto.

  11. Li-Mei Situ says:

    I’m visiting Chicago next month! I’m pretty stoked. Any “must see” places you visited? Hopefully I’ll have as much as you seem to have had 🙂

    1. mabukach says:

      Hey, Li-Mei! It’s kind of cold right now, but a river cruise is really interesting, if you’re into history and architecture.

      Any of the museums are top notch – but if you’re looking for more fun eating/drinking, check out Lincoln Park or Wicker Park neighborhoods. Tons of stuff to do.
      I’ll be there next week for a concert! Will let you know if I find anything cool.

      1. Li-Mei Situ says:

        Awesome! I’m actually staying at hostel in Wicker Park because I heard the neighborhood is really hip. Yes, please let me know if you find anything interesting. Have fun! 🙂

        1. mabukach says:

          Sweet – will let you know!

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