If Chicago wishes to treat visitors to a spectacle, it ought to put them on one of the CTA’s longer bus routes. On the 29, which travels along State Street, spectators can enjoy an immersive experience for the price of a single-ride ticket. The southbound leg will take them from the splendor of Gold Coast mansions to the Loop’s retail blocks and then to neighborhoods that demonstrate the shocking disparity of this city with a clarity that no pyrotechnics can match. And perhaps the revenues from the added bus fares, coupled with savings realized from scrapping pricey theatrics, can make the spectacle seem a little less sad.
Audience Choice: Re-creation of the World’s Fair
Other audience comments that caught our attention: “A replication of the Great Chicago Flood of 1992”; “Actually re-enacting the great Chicago fire”; “The Great Parking Meter Lease Festival”; “Disco Demolition reunion”; “Founding Mothers of Chicago. Presenting 150 years of forgotten/ignored history crediting the women who built Chicago”; and “The return of July 3 at Grant Park. The city is not the same without the crowds gathering for the taste and fireworks!”
Best of Chicago 2014