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Chicago on the cheap

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There is this moment in travel when a city becomes more than just the faceless skyscrapers and unnamed bridges over teal rivers -- Anytown, USA. On this particular trip, it happened when I turned onto West Washington Street on a Friday morning and saw a collage of mast-like steel slats, a massive structure that looked like it could intercept public access television from Japan. It was the Frank Gehry-designed band shell at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

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