The Flaneur


It is 5 pm on a Friday night in Lincoln Park. Everyone is rushing out of work. The sun makes an orange hue against the buildings. There is an exciting energy of what's to come that night. Women and men happily talking on their cellphones and going into stores. I watch them hurrying along. Walking fast across the street a man drops his roses that he was possibly going to give his date that night. The upscale restaurants on opening their doors awaiting their new guests to come in that night.

There is an unseen romantic energy in the air. The wind is crisp and a woman's hat flies off her head as she waits for the traffic light to turn from red to green. She laughs joyfully just happy that it's Friday night. A homeless man sits on the side of the curb watching these people rush home to their families, some to their lonely apartments after work maybe wondering what it's like. The park across the street is full of caretakers with their baby carriages wandering around not noticing all of the excitement around them.

I see a billboard across the street that reads "Be Note Worthy", an interesting thing to read at this time. The sun setting on all of the buildings makes a gorgeous array of reds and oranges giving the streets a magical quality.

I can see Sears tower from here which is the largest building in Chicago. I wonder how many people are able to fit in it. There are many upscale people around me with nice clothes and perfect hair. Among them are some more homeless people sitting in little tight street corners, on curbs or in the park. These polar opposites seem to define Chicago which is a huge melting pot of diversity.

With everything I see, I am reminded of the electricity of excitement in the air and the romantic magical energy that sweeps this city on a typical Friday night in Chicago.

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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

Beautifully written and vivid descriptions of Chicago, Caroline. I enjoyed it.

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cleaner3 10 months ago from Pueblo, Colorado

to walk along with you

touching your mind

delicate fingertips

the must beautiful woman

in Chicago

what could be better....

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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

This type of writing is different for you and I loved it. I could see Chicago through your words.

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manatita44 10 months ago from london

Nice! Succinct, lucid; well told. Ends beautifully.

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carolinemd21 10 months ago from Close to Heaven Author

Thank you Jodah! :)

Thank you Michael for the sweet compliment. :)

Thank you Ruby. I am glad that you enjoyed it. :)

Thank you Manatita! :)

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ChitrangadaSharan 10 months ago from New Delhi, India

Nice, romantic and beautifully expressed! One can visualize Chicago on a Friday night through your hub.

Thank you!

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FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

Nice description of Chicago on a Friday night.

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carolinemd21 10 months ago from Close to Heaven Author

Thank you ChitrangadaSharan. :)

Thank you FlourishAnyway. :)

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Frank Atanacio 10 months ago from Shelton

easy to follow and a nice strong story line awesome :)

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carolinemd21 9 months ago from Close to Heaven Author

Thank you Frank :)

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