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The Flaneur

Updated on February 7, 2016
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I am an artist, designer, photographer and writer. See more of my work on cmariearts.


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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      Caroline Marie 2 years ago

      Thank you Frank :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

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

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      Caroline Marie 2 years ago

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan. :)

      Thank you FlourishAnyway. :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Nice description of Chicago on a Friday night.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years 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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      Caroline Marie 2 years ago

      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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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 2 years 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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      cleaner3 2 years 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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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

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