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Old March 12th, 2012, 11:47 PM   #1
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CHICAGO Trip (2/20/2012) Pictures: Day 1, Part 1

Hey Chicago Forumers,

I visited your amazing city for the first time ever from February 20 to the 24th. After a couple of nights in Detroit, took the Wolverine Amtrak train from Detroit to Chicago, arrived in Chicago at 11:30 am Central time. First part of the Monday was spent exploring the amazing city before I got to my hotel room @ the Allerton Hotel on the Magnificent Mile.

Without further ado, here's the first part of my first day in Chicago!

Nice way to be greeted in Chicago, looking up at the Willis Tower (though locals today still say Sears Tower), tallest building in the United States (for now)...

Looking north along the Chicago River towards the Sun-Times buildings and others...

Back of Union Station, where the Amtrak trains are located...

Sears Tower again... completed in 1973 and for several years, was the tallest office building in the world...

311 South Wacker Drive, built in 1990...

Looking east on Jackson Boulevard...

Franklin Center Building on W Adams Street

Looking east on W Adams

J W Marriott Hotel in the historic Burnham Building designed by architect Daniel Burnham

Sears Tower once more...

Rookery Building, also designed by Daniel Burnham, built in 1886...

Chicago Federal Reserve Bank Building...

Chicago Board of Trade Building, built in 1930 by Architect firm Holabird and Root... tallest building in Chicago until 1965.

Canyon along Clark Street

Historic building at the corner of Jackson Blvd and State Street

Looking north on State Street, one of Chicago's most famous streets

Amazing iron work detail of the former Carson Pirie Scott building, designed by Louis Sullivan

Full View of the Carson Pirie Scott building, former department store...

David Burnham-designed Marshall Fields and Company Flagship store, now a Macy's department store

Looking north on State Street, near the Chicago Theatre District...

Oriental Theatre

The world-famous Chicago Theatre, French Baroque style building built in 1921 by Rapp and Rapp architect...

This red-line subway station is famous for a reason, because on the TV show "Perfect Strangers" in the later seasons' opening credits, it's where Balki and Larry come

out of before heading to the Chicago Theatre, although it looked completely different then...

Marina City Towers, along the Chicago River, built in 1964

Chicago River and cityscape taken from the Riverwalk...

That shiny tower to the right is the Trump International Tower, on the left is 330 North Wabash

35 West Wacker Drive


Veterans Memorial

Jewellers Building, 35 East Wacker Drive, built in 1927

Looking up at the Trump Tower... second tallest building in Chicago, completed in 2009 and rising 1,389 feet.

Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and Chicago River from Riverwalk

London Guarantee Building, on North Michigan Avenue, completed in 1923. This is also the building where Balki and Larry worked in the later seasons of "Perfect

Strangers" for a fictional newspaper called "The Chicago Chronicle". I believe it was also where they went in and out of revolving doors in the opening credits.

333 North Michigan, completed in 1928

Looking up at the Wrigley Building, completed in the mid-1920s, headquarters of the Wrigley Gum Company

Cityscape and Chicago River...

The amazing Tribune Tower... neo-Gothic architecture, built in 1925...

Trump Tower and Wrigley Building

Chicago River looking east towards Lake Michigan on the Michigan Avenue bridge

NBC Chicago Building, somewhat looks like the Rockfeller Center building in New York City

North of the Loop, with the John Hancock Buidling in the Center, sticking out...

Jack Brickhouse statue, famed Chicago sportscaster...

Marilyn Monroe statue...

The amazing Intercontinental hotel on North Michigan Avenue

North Michigan Avenue

Allerton Hotel, where I stayed...

Many of the stores along Michigan Avenue...

Apple store...

Looking up at the Allerton...

Base of the Allerton, this was taken on the Friday of the trip...

Inside the Allerton Hotel...

My room...

Views from my room, too bad about the fire escape, but I can see the Hancock building, which is ok...

More of the Magnificent Mile...

Disney Store, at the bottom of the Allerton Hotel...

Park Hyatt Building

John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place

737 North Michigan Avenue

The Water Tower, one of the two remaining buildings still standing from the great Chicago fire.

The other is the pumping station, now converted into a theater...

The ever-busy Magnificent Mile

Ghirardelli Store

Hershey Store

Water Tower and park...

Water Tower, John Hancock Building, and Water Tower Place...

900 North Michigan Avenue, home to Bloomingdale's Department Store...

Looking up at the John Hancock Building...

The John Hancock Center was constructed from 1965-1970, at the time it was built, was the tallest building in the world outside of New York City. 100 storeys tall. Today, it is Chicago's third tallest building and the sixth-tallest in the United States.

Views from the John Hancock Observatory, 99 stories up...

Adler Planetarium and Museum Campus...

Lake Michigan and North Shore

Navy Pier...

Lincoln Park...

Gold Coast

United Center

Lake Michigan

I can see my room from here!

Hope you all enjoyed Day 1, Part One of my Chicago Trip, Part Two of day one coming soon!

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Old March 13th, 2012, 05:13 AM   #2
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Yes, I did enjoy. Very nice pix of downtown and the near-Northside. Thanks a lot. Makes me want to visit before winter is over and done. But it looks like my next visit will be late May...
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Question: how did you like it?
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Very nice, I never get tired of Chicago picture tours. You seemed to know a lot about the city for a first time visitor.
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Originally Posted by ChiSkyline View Post
Question: how did you like it?
I LOVED it very much, thank you.

Yeah, I've been meaning to come to Chicago for quite some time, even as far back as 5-6 years ago, just never really had the time. I had friends who had been to Chicago and relatives of mine from Michigan had been there as well, told me a lot about the city. I also did plenty of research about the city and looked at a lot of maps at monuments and buildings, streets, L train routes, and memorized them, that definitely helped. It was a great time!
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Old March 14th, 2012, 04:53 AM   #6
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I appreciate very much your pictures highlighting individual buildings and the architecture -- something you don't get to really enjoy in panoramic/skyline shots.
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Jaybird is pretty amazing. Considering this was his 1st trip and the amount if information he has here............probably some natives don't know as much. The Chambers of Commerce from Detroit and Chicago ought to write him a check.
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Muy buenas fotos ! Gracias por compartirlas !
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I'm impressed by not only of the wonderful set of pictures, but the detailed captions as well. Looks like you know Chicago so well. These are really beautiful pictures and makes me want to jump on a plane right now and visit the city
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Thanks, guys, for all the comments, appreciate them! NorthAndre, thanks for those comments, too, I am always proud to support Detroit even when I am headed elsewhere as the main destination for my trip, like here for instance.

Yeah, I learned a lot and did a lot of research before I came here, so that definitely helped, plus a bit of assistance from wikipedia!
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Your knowledge of Perfect Strangers is impressive!
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Great pictures! I am trying to slowly catch up on your threads in here.
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