Early Chicago Memories


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My earliest memories of Chicago are not of the impressive skyline, the 84 Cubs or the lake. It’s this Totem pole. I used it as my “Chicago” landmark. See, in the 80s, my aunt and uncle lived in a Condo on Lake Shore Drive. When we’d go and visit them, on monthly basis, I would fall asleep for the entire car ride until we drove by the Totem Pole.

Up close, it doesn’t look like how I remember it at all. I’m pretty sure it’s either been replaced or repainted or something…but the Totem Pole continues to be an important aspect of my view of Chicago…

4 Comments so far

  1. Jason (unregistered) on May 25th, 2005 @ 12:23 pm

    Funny. I thought that was a acid-induced vision that my friend had in high-school after a Front 242 show. We all thought he was losing his mind, rambling on about the totem pole, until years later, we finally noticed it ourselves.

  2. steven (unregistered) on May 25th, 2005 @ 2:06 pm

    Legend has it that the pole is supposed to be facing the other way, toward the lake/sunrise, I believe. The reason it was turned around was so that people could see the faces more easliy. What they failed to realize though is that turning it around supposedly resulted in a curse being placed on whatever it’s facing. Hello, Wrigley Field.

  3. david (unregistered) on May 26th, 2005 @ 4:18 pm

    i feel the same way! i would always zone out on car rides into the city (i live in evanston/skokie), until the totem pole appeared through the left-hand window of the car. oddly enough, i’d usually miss it on the way back.

    aaaaand… i swear it’s been changed.

  4. Michael Brian Bentley (unregistered) on May 27th, 2005 @ 12:16 pm

    I remember something about a story years ago about the original totem pole being removed and replaced with a totem of similar workmanship but isn’t as old and heirloomish. I think the article was referring to this pole. Or, I could be remembering an article about a totem pole in another city entirely. How many totem poles does Chicago have?

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