RIVER NORTH — He's back and living large: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man has returned to River North.
An inflatable version of the "Ghostbusters" monster has reappeared atop 501 N. Wells St., a low-rise condominium building at Grand Avenue and Wells Street.
The balloon's debut last Halloween humored passersby and rose to the top of the Chicago subreddit.
Otha Smith, who lives in the building, said last year the balloon was purely an impulse buy.
"I went to get my daughters' [Halloween] costumes early and saw this big guy in Lowe's and had to have him," Smith said last year. He did not return a message Monday about bringing the marshmallow man back.
Last year's placement was more toward the middle of the rooftop. [Imgur/phunniemee]
"Ghostbusters" fans will remember the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man as the manifestation of Gozer, an evil deity who takes the form of the puffy giant in its bid to destroy the world.
Gozer selected the marshmallow man after telling the original ghostbusters to "choose" their fate, prompting Dan Aykroyd's character to subconsciously imagine the seemingly harmless corporate mascot.
A Stay Puft Marshmallow Man balloon also made a cameo in the "Ghosbusters" remake released last year.