11 Days, 7 States, & 3,000 Miles (Part III)

The theme for the last two weeks has been “grand hotels.” This week, I move on to “grand architecture.” I’ve been to San Francisco and New York but those cities, while impressive, did not seem to be as architecturally striking as what I saw in Chicago.

We began with a bus tour in the morning…

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The “corn cobs” are 65-story condos on the river

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Trump Tower is the second tallest in Chicago

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Downtown skyline from Museum Campus

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Looks like aliens have arrived at Soldier Field football stadium

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“The Bean” is a big attraction in Millennium Park

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At Navy Pier

After lunch at Navy Pier, we took a river and lake cruise…

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The Chicago Mercantile Exchange

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The 1,450-foot Willis  (formerly Sears) Tower is                        Chicago’s tallest & second tallest in the U.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The “wavy” Aqua building in the back won the 2009 “Skyscraper of the Year” and is the tenth tallest in Chicago. At the time, it was the tallest building designed by a woman, Jeanne Gang,  who was recently named 2016 Architect of the Year by Architecture Review magazine. Those extensions are balconies.

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Preparing to enter the lock for passage to Lake Michigan (looking from rear of boat to city)

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Lock opening for passage into Lake Michigan

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End of Navy Pier

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Looking to Navy Pier (right) and skyline

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Looking to the Marina

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Returning to dock

That’s Chicago! Next week, we will see some great architecture in Milwaukee, including residences.

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