Oprah's Street Closure Gets Mixed Reviews

September 4, 2009

Four blocks of North Michigan Avenue are closed Monday Morning so Oprah Winfrey can film an episode of her show.

Some people who make their living along that stretch have mixed feelings about the closure.

If you need to check the pulse of Chicago business, talk to the lady who gets paid to dress up like a giant red crawfish.

Gelisa Smith hands out coupons for a seafood restaurant on the north side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

Smith worries Oprah's street closure may wreak havoc on public transit, but says it'll be good for business.

SMITH: What she's doing is bringing a big amount of press and promotion, and a big amount of public access to Michigan Avenue.

Street performer Harold Bustle disagrees.

He sits perfectly still on a planter nearby, wearing a silver suit and lustrous silver body paint.

He'll stay like that until someone pays for a performance... But he does move his lips...

BUSTLE: I mean, they're gonna block the street down.  They're closing up the streets and they're hurting the businesses.

The city plans to have Michigan Avenue back to normal by Wednesday's morning rush hour.