Ah! Marilyn Monroe. It’s hard not to think of the legendary sex-symbol without that famous scene from The Seven Year Itch coming to mind. Not only is the scene of her, wearing a billowy dress that “just-so-happens” to get blown up as she walks over a windy sidewalk grate one of the most famous images in cinematic history – it’s pretty darn sexy to boot. While we were wandering around Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile”, an area well known for its street art, we couldn’t help but notice that the statues that once marked an ode to the painting American Gothic had been removed and replaced instead by none other than a towering 26-foot-tall statue of Monroe in her famous pose. It took about five minutes of standing there to realize that tourists’ photo-pose of choice with this landmark was to stand beneath it, grin widely and look straight up.
If you’re at all interested by American politics, you probably found yourself glued to the TV screen on November 4, 2008 watching Barack Obama address voters and the rest of the United States following his election as President. With more than 100,000 people looking on live from Grant Park, Obama delivered his unforgettable “Yes We Can” speech to the nation. Looking to get a little taste of that historical moment ourselves, we made our way over the site while we were in town. To be honest, it’s a bit less impressive when you show up on a cold morning in the middle of December and there’s only one lone guy in the whole space picking up after his dog. Luckily, thanks to our smartphone, all it took was a quick Youtube search to watch the inspiring speech while standing right where it had taken place.