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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Orca Winfrey taping to shut down Michigan Avenue

So nice being a celebrity and getting whatever the hell you want whenever the hell you want it..like Oprah managing to be able to shut down the most expensive stretch of Chicago shopping and real estate known as the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue for two freaking days to tape an anniversary show..

There was talk they would only need 2 lanes shut down to traffic but once they came to their senses they realized Oprah would require all four lanes to be shut down to accommodate her rather large ultra wide billionaire ass.

chicagotribune.com: "Chicago has long known how far Oprah Winfrey's star power reaches.

Now the popular talk-show host has won city approval to shut down a significant stretch of the Magnificent Mile next week for the kickoff of her 24th season.

Plans call for Michigan Avenue to be closed to vehicular traffic from Wacker Drive to Ohio Street for more than two days -- from 12:01 a.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The hourlong show will be taped at 5 p.m. Tuesday at a temporary stage to be built near the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The taping is free and open to the public.

Shoppers and businesses along the bustling Mag Mile wondered Tuesday how Winfrey pulled off closing the world-famous street for so long.

'That ain't right,' said Dar Gable, 63, of Hyde Park. 'I want to shut the place down for three days.'

Edward Parsons, director of Hilligoss Galleries, which is on the stretch that will be closed for Winfrey's taping, echoed those concerns.

'All things aside, she's just a celebrity,' Parsons said. With his gallery's paintings going for an average price of about $25,000, he doubted that the attraction will draw any business.

But just mention Winfrey's name to several others, and their faces light up.

'Everybody wants to go see Oprah, right"


The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. H. L. Mencken

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