Monday, December 15, 2008

Come to Chicago: We've got something for everybody -- even ice skating zombies

Yes, that's what you're looking at in the picture below.

Maureen O'Donnell writes in this morning's Chicago Sun-Times about the approximately 100 zombies who skated around Millennium Park yesterday.

It turns out that this was an event organized by a website called Chicago Zombie. They were hoping to set a world record for most zombies skating at one time but apparently fell short. Maybe it was the overly restrictive rules (which I actually copied verbatim today from the CZ site): "Keep in mind this is a PUBLIC rink. Therefore, no dripping/oozing blood, etc. that will dirty up the ice. If we make a mess, we will be asked to leave, and the cops will become involved."

O'Donnell's article does note that one young mother was not thrilled to see the zombies on parade; they scared her two year old daughter, she said.

For the most part, however, people apparently took the zombies in stride. That's the mark of a world-class city: Nothing fazes us. One park worker told the Sun-Times reporter that she should have come the night before... when 200 drunk Santas took over the rink after a pub crawl.

Ah, those Christmas spirits....

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