August 24, 2003 in Entertainment

A Day Spent on Michigan Avenue

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Earlier today I went to Grand Lux Cafe for brunch with my friend and her parents who were visiting from Texas. Then, I headed up Michigan Avenue with William-Sonoma in mind. Along the way, I stopped at Pottery Barn, then Borders where I couldn’t resist buying yet another book. After gawking at about two dozen people who were holding signs protesting the current situation in Middle East, I then crossed the street and stopped at the Water Tower Theatre to see what was showing. Once I got there, I learnt that the theatre was going out of business today. According to the clerk, the theatre just couldn’t compete since they showed mostly independent and low budget films. A major bummer. Thus, I felt obligated to see one last movie there. I ended up seeing Northfork which “centers on the residents of a small Montana town that is about to be flooded by the completion of a hydroelectric dam.” It’s the sort of movie that I’m sure will be studied by film students as it had lots of subplots and symbolism. In fact, mixed into story about evacuation of the last few stragglers in town, was the death of a young boy who thinks he’s the missing member of a group of lost angels. Weird I tell you, just delightfully weird! After the movie, I finally made it over to William-Sonoma. I was thinking about buying some bread and butter plates, but once I got there, I changed my mind and ended up purchasing 4 settings of highgrove dinnerware. Ok, I’ll admit, I really didn’t need them, but I got such a fabulous deal that I couldn’t resist. Plus I had been eyeing them for quite some time. After a bit more window shopping, I headed home where more weekend chores awaited me. But I’ve have to say, if I ever leave Chicago, I’m going to miss shopping on Michigan Avenue. It truly is the Magnificent Mile.


  1. August 28, 2003 at 6:26 am


    Ooooh the Lux sounds yummy, I’ll add it to the list of places to eat that have been recommended so far for my next trip to Chicago.

  2. August 28, 2003 at 4:55 am


    I think this would be the second time the Water Tower Theatre went out of business.
    When I first returned to Chicago after college, I worked a temp gig and got paid every Friday. I always cashed my check and treated myself to dinner downtown and went to the Water Tower Theatre to see if they had a new movie I wanted to see. If not, I’d try the Esquire. 600 N. a 900 N. Michigan theaters hadn’t been built yet.

  3. August 25, 2003 at 9:21 pm


    Oh, P.S.
    There’s a catalog you need to look for, owned by W&S.
    It’s called West Elm.

  4. August 25, 2003 at 9:20 pm


    Honey, if I ever make it back up to the Midwest (or should you ever end up here in Borelando) we’ve got some shopping to do!
    You hit almost all the places near & dear to my heart!

  5. August 25, 2003 at 7:03 am


    There’s no such thing as too many dishes and I can prove it to you, too. All I have to do is go down to my basement or up to my attic. Or to my mother’s attic – I think I still have some stuff there, too.

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