My friend and neighbor Julia and I took a walk south and east from Roosevelt and State this morning. I wanted to get as close to the NATO summit as I could. I wanted to see how far southeast I could go before being completely and totally stopped in my tracks.
I found the spot: it's on 23rd Street almost to Indiana Avenue. The end of the line for a South Looper from Roosevelt and State; that was as far as I could go. While I could get slightly farther east on 21st Street, I got a lot closer to ground zero by going south on Michigan to 23rd.
It was amazing that Michigan Avenue was so clean after yesterday
. Aside from one brown cardboard sign on the ground, which was attached to a tree branch that doubled as a holder, on which was neatly printed "Stop Shopping."
The presence of riot-gear bedecked cops was practically nil, other than one friendly group at Roosevelt and Michigan and another friendly group at Cermak and Michigan.
Also, some low-flying planes have joined the helicopters in the South Loop's official no-fly zone
One oddity since Saturday: no homeless wanderers are panhandling for money on the South Loop streets.
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