Polar Days

©2010 Alex Garcia

Siberian Huskies on Northerly Island during a Polar Adventure Days event sponsored through the Chicago Park District. This is my ideal kind of event. Not because of the wonderful dogs, the cool ice sculptures, the science demonstrations, the rescued animals, and the overall nature-centric themes of the event. Those were all wonderful for my small kids over the weekend. But what makes it unbelievably cool is that it’s a Chicago event that’s all free, with FREE PARKING! Oye! Makes me want to go back in February…

Coin Toss


©2009 Chicago Tribune

Coming back from a shoot, I stumbled onto workers ripping out parking meters and hurling them into the back of a truck.  Chicago is switching over to a citywide system of payboxes instead of meters because with the new rates of $3.50/hour in some places, or, 14 quarters per hour, meters were filling up with quarters too quickly.  With all the havoc THAT created, I’ll bet you could have found a lot of people willing to chuck parking meters into the back of a truck, for free.  All these meters, if all goes according to plan:-), should be replaced by the end of the year.