This video is great. I particularly love it that it zeros out in Chicago, just south of the Loop, by Lake Michigan.

Full-screen this baby, and sit back and enjoy.

Another day, another phone cam video.

This one was shot on the Fourth of July on the shore of Lake Michigan.  You could see fireworks stretching all the way from downtown Chicago to Evanston.  What’s even better is that the beach was just full of people, all shooting off their own arsenals before, during, and after the “official” Chicago shows.

Lots of fun.  I’m glad that Chicago decided to split up the city’s show into three different ones that ran the length of the coast.  It spread people out, and made it easy to get a great view.

The beach at Loyola Park in Chicago.  It's thawing out, and starting to look really nice.

The beach at Loyola Park in Chicago. It’s thawing out, and starting to look really nice.

Today’s another pretty nice day.  It’s not as beautiful as yesterday, but still pretty nice.

I went and walked around a little bit in Loyola Park, which is actually my backyard.

It’s starting to thaw out, finally, and the park is really great now that it’s a civilized temperature outside.

I wish I had taken my camera out yesterday, when I walked essentially the same route.  There was an excellently creepy old snowman that someone built on the beach, probably a month ago.  It was dirty and melting, and standing in the sand with weather-worn gloves serving as his snowman hands.  The image of a melting, filthy snowman on the beach was kind of horrifying, in a nice way.

Alas, today, the snowman had melted away completely.

Birds use the melting icebergs near the shore as landing pads.

Birds use the melting icebergs near the shore as landing pads.