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10 reasons we're ready to say goodbye to the Marilyn Monroe statue

By RedEye

2:03 PM CDT, May 1, 2012

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Chicago got the "Seven Year Itch" a little early. After nearly two years of being stationed smack dab in the middle of Pioneer Court on the Magnificent Mile, the Forever Marilyn statue will be taken down May 7, according to the nonprofit group that owns it. Here are 10 reasons why we're ready to see it go:

1.    We don't have to feel sorry for her when her pedicure gets chipped.

2.    We may be able to walk across Pioneer Court without dodging her admirers.

3.    Tourists can go back to photographing their reflection in The Bean.

4.    The space is freed up for, say, a Ferris Bueller statue.

5.    Passersby don't have to feel pressured to perfect their imitation of Marilyn's pose.

6.    Children don't have to be haunted by parents whipping out "that photo of me looking up under Marilyn's dress mom made me take" in 10-15 years.

7.    Chicagoans can find something new to whine about

8.    Tourists can stop making themselves so obvious.

9.    No more worrying about being caught on stranger's cameras

10.     Because no woman should ever feel that fat.