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Dawson / August 9, 2004 11:44 AM

On the CTA

Steve / August 9, 2004 11:46 AM

On the CTA during off-peak hours.

Then you get to see the folk who live on the trains, plus young people, old people, etc.

Dawson / August 9, 2004 11:52 AM

Good point

Brenda / August 9, 2004 11:58 AM

I used to volunteer at Lincoln Park Zoo (free zoo=eclectic crowd), and I sat in a glass-walled building at the entrance where I could see everyone walking in and out. People-watching with an air-conditioned, sound-proof barrier between you and them is definitely the way to go.

steve_sleeve / August 9, 2004 11:59 AM

EXIT on north ave.

Lacey / August 9, 2004 12:01 PM

Club Neo gets my vote.

bob jones / August 9, 2004 12:13 PM

North Halsted/Broadway on late-night weekends

Anthony Ina / August 9, 2004 1:16 PM

Clarks on Belment. I once saw a girl fall over trying to pee between the newspaper boxes, some workin' girls get into a limo, a fight, and met three English girls all in ten minutes.

Alex / August 9, 2004 1:16 PM

From the steps of the AIC --- although mainly it's tourist people watching, not resident people watching...

BW / August 9, 2004 1:30 PM

The human parade on Rush street on a nice Sat/Sun afternoon is really quite something.

EA / August 9, 2004 1:51 PM

Any street fair.

Carly / August 9, 2004 2:17 PM

Around Loyola/Water Tower on the weekend or in the Loop during rush hours.

Andrew / August 9, 2004 3:06 PM

Clark'n'Belmont is, of course, an easy choice. Another good one is the Lincoln Park bike path at Fullerton -- that is, during good weather. Water Tower Place is a great spot in any conditions.

Maggie / August 9, 2004 3:15 PM

The Green Line. Though the entire CTA offers good people watching, the Green Line gave me more people watching stories, one-liners and "did I really just see that?" experiences than anywhere else in the city.

Krissy / August 9, 2004 3:17 PM

O'Hare and Midway

Lacey / August 9, 2004 5:30 PM

Good call on O'Hare...very good people-watching. It's kind of stressful, though, when you start picking up on other people's travel anxieties.

I'll also say that watching kids playing in the water at Millennium Park is like gold. Very cute, very entertaining.

Salty / August 9, 2004 9:22 PM

I've found the best people watching on the 151 Sheridan bus.

Oh, man, it moves soooo slow that I practically have time to write a short story about the people I see on the street.

Tourists never looked so interesting (and locals, too).

Qwert / August 9, 2004 9:38 PM

When a band like "Fear" plays the Metro during a Cubs night game.

Lisa / August 9, 2004 10:17 PM

Right outside the window of my little house in the ghetto on the south side of Chicago. Especially in the summer when the police break into the house across the street and drag a wannabe thug out in cuffs. Good times.

Mike / August 10, 2004 1:17 AM

Montrose Pier when it's warm outside.

Mike / August 10, 2004 8:52 AM

John Barleycorn on a Friday night right after closing time. Trixies and Chads for days.

teetee / August 10, 2004 9:40 AM

chicago avenue at night - anywhere by an el station. that's where you will see all the crack pots.

Naz / August 10, 2004 2:10 PM

Coffee shops and bars - Filter, Danny's, Letizia's.

And at brunch - there tends to be an interesting mix of people who get up to go to brunch.

d4ve / August 10, 2004 3:12 PM

Behind Cesars big windows with margaritas in hand :)

Sachin / August 17, 2004 1:02 PM

Big fan of Wicker Park, so I have to go w/ Filter on a Saturday late afternoon

steven / August 24, 2004 11:20 AM

any establishment with a window and alcohol

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