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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I Saw You, Illustrated: A peanut and a detective walk into a bar

Posted By on 10.21.14 at 01:30 PM

You, Mr. Peanut, Halloween-celebrating night 2013. I was with friends at Mac's on Division, dressed as Nancy Drew, naturally. (If you knew who I was, you'd understand "naturally.") Are you naturally Mr. Peanut? You had a handler with you, who helped you take your head off at one point, precariously, when you were beneath a chandelier. You are marvelous. Can we arrange a group peanut-hang again this year? Please contact me at averypeanuthalloween@gmail.com.

Best wishes,
Nancy D.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Where: Mac's on Divison
You: Man
Me: Woman

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

I Saw You, Illustrated: A shared moment between a theatergoer and a theater performer

Posted By on 07.13.14 at 08:00 AM

  • Maritsa Patrinos
You had just finished the play performance and were taking a bow with your costars. I was sitting front row on the north section of the theater, shoulder-length chestnut hair, glasses, and wearing a black cardigan over a black-and-white polka-dot dress. Our eyes locked as you turned towards our section, and we didn't look away until I shied. This moment was special, and wish it didn't have to end so soon. Would love to show you the city and get to know you.

WHEN: Saturday, July 5

WHERE: Theater in Lincoln Park

YOU: Man

ME: Woman

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

I Saw You, illustrated: At the United Center

Posted By on 03.23.14 at 08:00 AM

You took a selfie during first period intermission and I accidentally photo bombed you. You had on jersey #33 with the name Cross on back and were about eight rows behind the goal. We both laughed and showed each other pictures. I wanted to talk to you but your friends came back with beers and the game started. My group had to leave after the second period and you had left your seats before I could find you again.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 4
WHERE: Chicago Blackhawks game
YOU: Woman
ME: Man

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

I Saw You, illustrated: Heading downtown from ORD

Posted By on 02.09.14 at 08:00 AM

  • Maritsa Patrinos

You: Strikingly handsome, broad shoulders, neon yellow or green ear buds, a bit unprepared for the weather! Equipped with a passport and euros so putting two & two together: you were just coming back from Europe. Me: Long dark blond hair, blue eyes, just had my flight canceled so heading home. Wearing a black puffy coat and snow boots. I opened the door of the el when we thought we were going to be trapped in the wrong train. I think we exchanged a few looks and wish I would have given you my card, but am a bit shy.

WHEN: Friday, January 24
WHERE: Blue Line from ORD
YOU: Man
ME: Woman

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

I Saw You, illustrated: An ad man on an airplane

Posted By on 12.08.13 at 08:00 AM

Hye Jin Chung
  • Hye Jin Chung

You: Hot. Really hot. Traveling with coworkers to Chicago. You work for a big advertising firm. Me: Your stewardess. Our company does not allow me to use your passenger information to track you down. Didn't think to give you my number until a while later. Want to meet me for a drink, coffee, or Wendy's hamburgers? I’d love to hear from you.

WHEN: Thursday, November 28
WHERE: An airplane flying to Chicago
YOU: Man
ME: Woman

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Friday, November 8, 2013

I Saw You, illustrated: A sax player at a sausage shop

Posted on 11.08.13 at 07:46 AM

I chatted with you at Big Guys sausage shop in Berwyn around 1:30 AM. You had just come from playing sax at a wedding at Galleria Marchetti in Chicago and looked sharp in a black peacoat and boots. I'd just biked there from a Waco Brothers show at Wire before pedaling home to Logan Square. It would be fun to talk about music some more with you—how about a drink at the Friendly Tap?

WHEN: Sunday, October 27
WHERE: Big Guys sausage shop in Berwyn
YOU: Woman
ME: Man

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Steal your love

Posted By on 04.17.12 at 04:07 PM

  • irina slutsky
A particularly good entry for the I Saw You files:

Shoplifter for former Park Ridge Walgreens clerk

You had black hair, black painted nails and a sharp demeanor. I shoplifted from the store frequently, wore sunglasses and suspenders. You never mentioned my crimes when I came in with my mom the next day. We made eyes once when I walked out with a collection of shoe products and a tub of ice cream in my messenger bag. The statute of limitations is up on the crime, but not my intentions. Hope you're doing well.

When: Saturday, June 30, 2007. Where: Park Ridge Walgreens. You: Woman. Me: Man. #904417

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Bobby Rush: fashion-forward freedom fighter

Posted By on 03.28.12 at 11:51 AM

Aint nothing but a tragic thang
  • Ain't nothing but a tragic thang
Like an old and doddering—yet still heroic—Superman, Bobby Rush, U.S. rep for Illinois's First District, stripped off his suit jacket as he spoke on the House floor today to reveal a hoodie—a statement of support for Trayvon Martin that got Rush kicked out of our nation's legislature like it was some kind of common gated community.

"The chair must remind members that clause 5 of rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session," [presiding officer Gregg] Harper [(R-Miss.)] said after Rush left. "The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor."

Rush is lucky he wasn't shot!

Meanwhile, down the road, any prospect of reasonable, affordable health care was being dismantled by another set of old dudes in funny costumes.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

More I Saw Yous!

Posted By on 02.09.12 at 04:00 PM

For this week’s cover story we sifted through about a year’s worth of I Saw Yous, and we found some real gems, a few of which we persuaded Johnny Sampson to illustrate. We also did a little embroidery of our own, and responded to the ads in whatever way felt most appropriate—emoticons, light verse, heavy sarcasm. Now, as Kevin Warwick explained yesterday, we’re inviting you to do the same in the comments section. I started to dig through the archives but realized a couple of recent I Saw Yous were as intriguing as anything we’d seen—here’s a back-and-forth that revolves around some dude’s mustache. You’ll notice that the location listing for the second one is “The Reader.” This Reader? I dunno! Are the calls coming from inside the building?

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I saw you respond to an I Saw You

Posted By on 02.08.12 at 06:15 PM

Go ahead and tell me that you've never trolled the Reader's I Saw Yous or Craigslist's Missed Connections, and I probably won't believe you. What if the attractive girl sitting across from you on the Blue Line happened to notice your rugged good looks and wanted to offer a suggestive glance or two over a cup of coffee? It would be a shame for you not to know.

Or maybe you're not even searching for Internet love but simply playing the voyeur and dreaming up responses to side-pocket attempts at romance. Either way, I bet you've clicked through posts that are set in your neighborhood.

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