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Chicago’s Walking Dude: Conversation Starters


One of my goals this summer is to talk to the infamous “Walking Dude” in Chicago. What would be some good opening lines? I’m sure others have tried talking to him. Like that Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Walking Dude turns them off cuz he doesn’t want the attention.

  • Do you know what time is it?
  • It’s a nice today, isn’t it?
  • Your shoelaces are untied
  • I like your coat
  • You have really nice hair!
  • What hair product do you use?
  • Do you have a comb i can borrow?

Noel’s conversation starters:

  • Do you comb your mustache?
  • Didn’t i see you on (any Chicago Street Name goes here) the other day?
  • How ’bout them cubs?
  • Where do you get your hair done?
  • Excuse me. Do you know where (any Chicago Street Name goes here)is?
  • What’s your sign?
  • Did anyone ever tell you you look like Yanni?
  • Did you know Richard Roeper wrote about you?
  • I’m a big fan! Can i get an autograph?!

(for those who don’t know “The Waking Dude” in Chicago, here’s a page of images of him: https://www.spudart.org/chicagowalkingdude/)

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laura
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laura

who is this guy? more info please.

unlikelymoose
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yes, laura and I don’t know of this man. why is he walking? When will he get a hair cut? why does richard roeper want to talk to him? perhaps you should offer him some nice shoe inserts.

laura
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laura

doesn’t everyone walk? how did he get his title of “walking dude”?

Tom Saaristo
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Someone posted a movie about him on the internet a while back. I wish I still had the link. I believe it was that video that gave him the name “walking dude”. The funny thing was that when that video came out, everyone thought it was great because everyone has seen the “walking dude”. “Walking dude” is famous in the city. You can see him at all times of the day, making one wonder if… Read more »

claudette
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claudette

I, too, know of this man. I have never seen him sitting, running, driving, public transportating, bicycling, rollerblading, pogo sticking, or any other mode of motion. “Walking dude” is appropriate. Next time I see him, I will say “Hi!” I wonder if he has a library card.

unlikelymoose
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why doesn’t the walking dude walk over to Elmhurst? He is quite welcome in the wonderful town of Elmhurst. Perhaps someone should suggest that to him. It would make a nice day trip.

Tom Saaristo
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I wonder how long it would take him to walk from the Michigan Avenue bridge [which is where I normally see him”> to Elmhurst?

Tom Saaristo
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I was actually thinking of that post when I posted my question. I remember you talking about how long it would take to walk to Montgomery. Thanks for posting the link :^”>