Gotham City

By | November 20, 2008

I was in Chicago last week for the African Studies Association Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Walking around on a windy night in downtown Chicago, looking up at the tall buildings in the foggy night, I had the feeling that I was on a movie set. I remembered reading somewhere that Gotham City was modeled after Chicago. A young lady said, some days later, that she saw the Batmobile during the shooting of The Dark Knight.

If you are ever in Chicago, a good place to visit is the Field Museum. It is great, and you might see your first dinosaur. The Art Institute museum is also a must see. The parks are also really, really great. Ok, I might have been infected just a little bit by the American propensity for the superlative.

And just in case you are wondering, I didn’t see Obama, but in a T-Shirts store, I met a manager who was grumpy about how much business they have had in the past few months. He said he had never seen anything like it before. Shirts with different messages about Mr Obama, the Democratic Party and the GOP were on sale. It was not difficult to figure out that Chicago was really very Democratic. And oh, there is now an Obama city tour, a bus ride that would take you around on a tour of the president-elect’s favourite Chicago spots. I wasn’t on that either.

Some pictures.

From my hotel room

From my hotel room

Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

Michigan Avenue

Michigan Avenue

Nice legs close to the field museum

Nice legs close to the field museum

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

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  • Interesting, there is an Obama city tour.

    I like those legs. Lovely pictures.

  • Interesting, there is an Obama city tour.

    I like those legs. Lovely pictures.

  • Good pictures. Hope you enjoyed the conference.

  • Good pictures. Hope you enjoyed the conference.

  • Amina

    I ran across your site by sheer coincidence, though many say such a thing does not exists. I enjoyed the piece on Yoruba religious tolerance and the traditions of Christmas.

    I just wanted to drop a line, as I also live in Chicago, and have now found this post. It’s nice to hear you enjoyed yourself while here. If you ever get the chance, you should visit during the summer – It’s a great city. So much to do and see, you’ll need at least a week.

    Great job with this site…
    Happy Holiday to you and yours….
    Cheers! πŸ™‚

  • Amina

    I ran across your site by sheer coincidence, though many say such a thing does not exists. I enjoyed the piece on Yoruba religious tolerance and the traditions of Christmas.

    I just wanted to drop a line, as I also live in Chicago, and have now found this post. It’s nice to hear you enjoyed yourself while here. If you ever get the chance, you should visit during the summer – It’s a great city. So much to do and see, you’ll need at least a week.

    Great job with this site…
    Happy Holiday to you and yours….
    Cheers! πŸ™‚