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Old June 24th, 2013, 01:37 AM   #1
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Chicago Sep 2012

Since I've already created two photo threads today, I figure why not make a third, this time of my trip to Chicago in late September of last year. This was my first extended trip to Chicago, and compared to where I'm from, NY, Chicago struck me as one or two magnitudes smaller and more quiet. But it also struck me as perhaps the most polished large American city I've seen, and maybe even in the running for most beautiful large city in the country. Which was not something I expected.

First up, a bunch of skyline/loop photos.

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Old June 24th, 2013, 01:38 AM   #2
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Views from the Sears Tower

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My favorite view of Chicago, and the one which makes the city look largest, I think.

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Old June 24th, 2013, 01:39 AM   #3
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Old June 24th, 2013, 01:40 AM   #4
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River Cruise

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Chicago came across as a very monumental city, maybe even more so than NY

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Lake Cruise

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Even though I grew up and live on the East Coast, I like!

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Cocktails at the John Hancock building

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Old June 24th, 2013, 01:40 AM   #5
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Pilsen, a nice and very presentable Mexican neighborhood to the west. I really liked the contrast between the high rise monumentalism of the Loop and Near North, and the well-taken-care-of low rise neighborhoods to the North and West.

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Wicker Park, probably my favorite neighborhood in Chicago

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Old June 24th, 2013, 01:41 AM   #6
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Had dinner here later

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North Side neighborhoods

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Moving toward the lake

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This building reminded me of NY

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The free Winter Garden nearby

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And the free zoo

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Even though Michigan is just a lake, Chicago felt like a coastal city, more so than NY for example, because it embraces its waterfront so thoroughly.

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Wringleyville. Very quiet, I guess because there was no game going on

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Back to the Chicago River

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Michigan Avenue

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Daytime views from the John Hancock building
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Back on Michigan Avenue

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What was this? Reminded me almost of a mini-Rockefeller Center

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Old June 24th, 2013, 06:42 AM   #13
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Ah Chicago, my former home. Wonderful to see! Thanks for posting these!!
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Old June 25th, 2013, 12:01 AM   #14
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Very rare shots, Chicago looks very beautiful!
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Gorgeous images of Chicago, and I agree it is the most "clean" and beautiful looking of all American cities. My daughter visited last year and found it lovely - sitting there on that vast lake, and with the Chicago River running through it.
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