June 6, 2011

smitten.

This photo--which I snapped at the end of my street yesterday--captures quite perfectly why I adore Chicago in the summertime. There's so much life all of a sudden, so much color; it's such a welcome change after months and months of winter's white, empty streets.

And I'm always struck, too, always charmed by the chorus of sounds this time of year: the music from a passing ice cream truck, noisy pickup basketball games at the outdoor courts, spirited conversation spilling from the bars and cafes whose walls have been drawn up so that they're open to the streets. It's as if you can literally hear the city coming alive--as if you can hear its very happiness.

Chicago and me, we aren't always on the same page.
But every June--without fail--she charms me all over again.
And as of yesterday, yes: I'm absolutely smitten.

(Photo: My Flickr)

12 comments:

wilybrunette said... [Reply to comment]

oh lord, i LOVE this. this photo, this post--i know the thoughts and feelings well. glad you're in love with the city for now. fancy popping on over to ny for another visit?

brlracincwgrl said... [Reply to comment]

A gorgeous photo!!!

DT said... [Reply to comment]

love the photo.. :)

Allie said... [Reply to comment]

Such a pretty photo! I loved Chicago when I went. It was beautiful.

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

Love the photo! As well as your description of Chicago in the summertime! I miss being close to a city.

becky said... [Reply to comment]

That is one gorgeous photo--and so, too, are those words.

Kristina said... [Reply to comment]

I've never been to Chicago - it's on our list of places to visit. Everyone I know that's been there really enjoyed it! I'll remember to visit in June sometime!

sherri lynn said... [Reply to comment]

This is a beautiful picture! I am loving the arrival of summer. And I hope one day to go to Chicago!

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

LOVELY!!!! SO LOVELY!

Eleanor said... [Reply to comment]

beautiful photo x

Annie said... [Reply to comment]

i love the photo!

michigan is like that too - every winter i swear i'm leaving as soon as i'm able, then every spring i enjoy the reawakening and know i'll long for michigan if i ever choose to leave.

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

This is simply beautiful!