Friday, January 21, 2011

Bullish on Chicago

We were in Chicago during the 1996 National Basketball Association (NBA) finals. Not on purpose; it just worked out that way. The Chicago Bulls hosted the Seattle SuperSonics for a best of seven series. The Bulls were a real hot team in those days and their star player, Michael Jordan, was about as big as you could get.

A menacing Chicago Bull reflected in downtown glass.

The streets were full of "Go Bulls" kinds of things, including this giant inflated bull on top of one of the buildings in the Loop. I caught its head reflected in some glass windows on a nearby building. It just occurred to me that this may have been somewhere near the Chicago Board of Trade and may have had nothing to do with The Bulls, but with the commodities market. Hmmm.

At any rate, the Bulls won the series four games to two and became national champions that year.

This is the thirteenth in a brief series of photos that I took while visiting Chicago in June 1996. They're 35mm color slides that I've scanned and digitized.


  1. I think this is my faorite Chicago photo so far. Love the bull and the two (or 3) other buildings captured in the reflection. Cubist....

  2. looking at this photo makes me think I opened one bottle too many!!

  3. Fantastic photo.

  4. Could we return to France? Chicago pictures are lovely, but seeing your part of the world in France is even better. Abby

  5. I don't really follow football.

  6. I think the bull you captured is the Bulls logo, at least, it's the same colors.

  7. I prefer the photos of france, too.

    P.S. I was living north of Chicago during 1996 and a friend pointed out the home that Michael Jordan lived in. Not too shabby (what I could see from behind the gates!)

  8. When I lived in Chicago 'The Bulls' for all people talked about. Mr. Jordon was near god-status.

  9. diogenes, thanks. It's one of my favorites, too.

    jean, not that there's anything wrong with that... ;)

    Carolyn, merci.

    Abby, we will soon. It's been cold and dark and wet and I haven't been able to do much photography lately. But that's changing and we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming very soon. :)

    mark, silly, they don't use a football, they use a handball.

    starman, thanks... I wasn't sure there for a moment.

    mary, see "abby" above.

    michael, I think he held that status nation-wide, too.


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