Free Hugs

(The Old Water Tower.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

I haven’t been doing much in the way of sightseeing today, and left the camera in the hotel room while I was out and about.  I wanted to do a little early Christmas shopping, but didn’t meet with much success.  Perhaps it’s because I dislike shopping so much.  I don’t have the patience to keep going from store to store to store.  Some of the salespeople in the more upscale stores irritate me.  The Magnificent Mile and Water Tower Place are probably not for me.

Sunday afternoon I wandered around the  Old Chicago Water Tower District, not going into any of the stores, but just enjoying the weather and the people watching.  The Old Water Tower was open, with free admission, due to a photography exhibit (the building is open during exhibitions).  The exhibit consisted of photos from the Philipines.

Looking for a little peace and quiet, I wandered into a church courtyard.  It was lovely and fit the bill, serene and quiet even though it was on Michigan Avenue and the crowds of people were just a few steps away.

(Church courtyard.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

On my way back to the hotel I passed a group of people giving out Free Hugs.  If you are not familiar with the Free Hugs Campaign, you can read about (and watch a video) at the link <– back there.  Sadly, I didn’t see anyone stop to get a free hug.  Happily, I did:

(151:  Free Hugs!  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

Free Hugs are nice.  If you get the opportunity to get or give one, you should do so.  😀

When M finishes at the conference we’re going to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art for a few hours.  Tuesdays are free.  I want to see the Elements of Photography exhibit.  It looks quite interesting.

Tonight we’re meeting a friend for pizza.  Stuffed pizza this time around.  It’s one of my favorite places and I’m looking forward to it.


9 Comments on “Free Hugs”

  1. Bo says:

    You are really tramping around in the part of Chicago I know best. I went to school just down the street from here. And I too find the shopping in that area way, way, way, past my tolerance. And I’ve also relaxed (hidden) in that church courtyard.

    I have never been offered a free hug, though I’ve heard the stories. How cool is that – that they were offering and that you accepted!

  2. Norm says:

    Did you get her number for me?? Dirty old men need lovin’ too.

    Just kidding – cool idea. It’s a movement that seems to come and go.

    Beautiful courtyard.

  3. ybonesy says:

    Also loved the courtyard, Robin. And I would have given and gotten a free hug. Enjoy the rest of your trip. (Saw on Twitter that you’re looking forward to a diet. 8) )

  4. Kristin says:

    Came over from NaBloPoMo and wandered back a ways. I’ve always wanted to meet up with some Free Hugs folks – how cool that you did and that you did!

    I’ve really been enjoying your photography. Thanks!
    Kristin – The Goat

  5. Robin says:

    Thank you, Kristin. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit. 🙂

  6. […] had a problem hugging those I love.)  In fact, I’ll hug strangers now.  I did that once, in Chicago.  A group of folks were giving out free hugs and after watching people turn them down, I decided I […]


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