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Uptown Bank 2

It’s Saturday morning, and here I am with my usual jumbo-sized coffee looming within my reach.  Today I’m not staring out at Lake Michigan, as it’s rather difficult to see at the moment!  Cloudy, rainy, and hazy seems to be the order of the day.

The past few Saturday posts have been about the stressful week I had just encountered.  This week, I have a very unusual and synchronistic event to share with you.

Yesterday I was in a phenomenal building known as the, “Uptown National Bank” building.  Built in 1924, the original tenant was the, “Sheridan Trust and Savings Bank”.  Uptown National Bank took it over in 1937, and it was known by this name to Chicagoans for decades.  Bridgeview Bank claimed this historical landmark for its own in 2003.

Now that I have the ‘technical’ information out of the way, here’s my little synchronistic story.  I am in this building at least once a week for various reasons.  I love going into this building, because it is another piece of Chicago’s incredible architectural history.  The Bridgeview Bank is located at street level.  When you walk into the building, there is a beautiful staircase that leads up to a floor that appears to be a massive bank with an open concept space.  However, the bank does not use this space; it is off-limits to the public.  Once I made my way up to the 6th or 8th step before I was quickly reprimanded by a security officer for attempting to take a peek at the space from another era.

Back to yesterday; as I got into the elevator to make my way to my destination, something very unusual happened.  The elevator stopped, the doors opened, and what was before me was what you see in the photo at the top of this post.  I stood in the doorway stunned; this is the space I tried to get a glimpse of when I was ‘reprimanded’ for my attempt!  I started snapping photos as quickly as I could.  I didn’t want to leave but I did have somewhere to be in 5 minutes!

When I was in the elevator to go home, I pushed the button for that floor but it didn’t work!! I ended up on the ground floor as usual.  To say I was overwhelmed by this, “magical elevator moment” is an understatement.  No one goes to that floor, so the button does not ‘normally’ work!  I found out that this space is decorated in the same way as it was in its ‘heyday’ of banking during the 1930’s.  The only time this space is used is for the occasional movie set.  Johnny Depp walked along these depression-era halls in the movie, “Public Enemies”.

I smiled when the elevator did not open at the ‘magic’ floor; to me this meant I was given a little gift with an ‘elevator glitch’.  I like to think of it more as a universal moment that has utterly delighted me with appreciation.  What a phenomenal bank it was, don’t you think?


22 thoughts on “Saturday Serenity: Synchronistic Moments!!

  1. What a magnificent building, Cher! Such a beautiful ceiling too. Glad you did take some photos of this bank to show us. Have a wonderful day! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, Iris! I was absolutely stunned when those elevator doors opened up! I just had to share the pic!! And to you as well my dear! Thank you! Love, Cher xo

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  2. Don says:

    What a wonderful moment Cher. I just find little synchronistic moments like these absolutely fascinating. Thank you for sharing the magic.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Me too, Don! I absolutely love them! It’s like getting a gift handed to you right out of the blue! I just love it! Thank you!! Cher xo

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  3. John says:

    Such a gift you were given Cher!! You have some speedy fingers and seized the moment!! It’s unfortunate the floor isn’t used more often.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      I sure was, wasn’t I, John? *LOL* Oh yes, I sure did click and dash, didn’t ? Hehehehe Oh yes, John; I quite agree. It’s a picture-perfect setting begging to be used! Cher xo

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    This is a stunning story, Cher! Wow… goosebumps! Truly a gift from above. You have me smiling all over my face! So happy for you and thank you for sharing that picture!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, bless! Why thank you so much for your thoughtful words, Erika! I feel the same way! I am so happy to share this photo!!! Cher xo

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        This all means so much more when we look behind this and don’t believe in coincidences. The only word that comes to mind constantly is “Thank you”. That are actually two words… lol!

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        I agree completely, dear Erika! *LOL* Two words but they are perfect!! Thank you! 🙂 🙂 Cher xo

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      3. Erika Kind says:

        😀😘💖 Have a lovely Sunday, Cher 💖

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        You as well, Erika; thank you!!! xo

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  5. Helen Jones says:

    That is a little piece of magic, Cher, a real gift! I love those little moments of synchronicity – reminders that the Universe is looking out for us 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      I absolutely agree 100%, Helen! The Universe has our backs! I love it when those moments occur because they feel ‘different’; you know, an energy shift and realizing that we’ve been giving this special gift is so exciting! Cher xo

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      1. Helen Jones says:

        Yes, that’s exactly how it feels – such an uplifting moment 🙂 Love that you shared yours with us xx

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        It really is, isn’t it? Ah, thank you, Helen! Cher xo

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  6. John Holton says:

    The Uptown Bank Building was where our doctor was, then he moved to St. Joseph’s Pavilion. This was back in the Sixties. Never actually saw the bank; they did a pretty good job of keeping us out of there then, too…


  7. lorriebowden says:

    Chef…I just love when these little gifts are presented 😃 It is beautiful!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Me too, Lorrie! It is so nice to see you, by the way!! Cher xo

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  8. Lovely synchroniity, eh? And the space is just amazing, truly beautiful. Lucky you!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Mo! Oh yes, I sure do love it! It was surreal, Mo!! I was super grateful! Cher xo

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