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Old June 23rd, 2008, 11:30 PM   #1
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My trip to Chicago (series of 200+ photos over several sets)

My family spent this past week in Chicago for vacation. I took over 250 photos and will post them about 50 at a time, how ever many times it takes over the next few days. Here are the pictures I took:

Set 1 (Pictures 1-50)

The view from my hotel room was very nice. I stayed at the Embassy Suites on Illinois St. The first few are going to be blurry becasue they're through the room's window:
1.

Here you can see the pool deck of a newly completed condo across the street:
2.

Embassy Suites are known for their breakfasts and atriums, and this one is no different:
3.

Time to shed off some jet lag, my first day walking around, the tower at Illionois and McClung:
4.

Another condo almost done at the intersection of Illinois and McClung:
5.

As I turn the corner heading south I get a glimpse of the hotel I'm staying at:
6.

7. Construction


8.

9.

A view of the Odgen Slip
10.

Now, after stretching the legs a little bit after the flight and cab ride we went straight to the water tower. The reason being is that my family has a Thomas Kinkade painting of the tower in our living room:
11.

With the Hancock
12.

Base of the Water Tower
13.

14.

15.

16.

Trump Tower is going to be a beauty
17.

18.

Going back up the Mag Mile
19.

Looking back for a second
20.

Another view of my hotel, the shortest one:
21.

Heading back around dusk
22.

End of Day 1. (Monday)
Start of Day 2. (Tuesday)

Looks like I get to redeems myself for the first photo being blurry. This one isn't nearly as bad. Beautiful morning view:
23.

First I has some walking around time:
24.

Navy Pier
25.

26.

27.

28.

29.

Spire site
30.

Odgen Slip
31.

From inside the memorial fountain of the people who cleaned up the river
32.

33.

Reisdential area, looking North
34.

Now, I happned to go on this area on a lucky day. It was the 400th anniversery of Jouliet exploring the river.
35.

On Day 2, my family stated off by taking the Architecture tour up the Chicago River. I did the tour presented by the History Museum. Very informative and photogenic! Highly recommended!

Here's that fountain I was inside of
36.

37.

Now after more exploring of the area I finally went back to the Odgen Slip for the architecture tour along the Chicago River
38.

39.

40.

NBC Tower
41.

Wrigley
42.

Wrigley and Tribune
43.

Wrigley right on the river
44.

Looking West towards Marina City
45.

Looking back at Wrigley (the dark at the the top corner is a bridge)
46.

Trump and a buddy
47.

Marina city towers
48.

The building on th North side of the river between LaSalle and Clark
49.

Looking Back
50.

Well that's 50 pictures, the first set I will post. I'll probably post the next 50 sometime today or tomorrow afternoon. Hope you've enjoyed the first 50 so far.
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Old June 24th, 2008, 03:42 AM   #2
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Can't wait for the next sert!
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Old June 24th, 2008, 03:50 AM   #3
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Set 2 (Pictures 51-100)

Continuing on the boat tour:
51.

The Mart building:
52.

Looking back agains, lots of cranes:
53.

54.

55. Looking down the south branch:


But first up the north branch:
56.

Very modern looking:
57.

Modern development with Hancock in the backgorund:
58.

59.

60. Looking up the north branch:


61.

One of the many control towers for the bridges
62.

New development along the north branch
63.

64.

I remember a condition of the project being built is that the riverwalk is only open to public access to 10 P.M.
65.

Another control tower of a drawbridge
66.

Interesting townhomes
67.

South branch view
68.

69.

70.

Newer developments along the south branch
71.

The south branch has almost as good as a canyon affect then the main branch, very cool!
72.

73.

Looking back towards the river junction
74.

Earthlink tower, one of the pleasant surprises
75.

76.

Civic Opera Bvilding
77.

78.

79.

80.

81.

Interesting curve and the Sears
82.

Reflection of Sears
83.

Turning around and heading back towards Sears
84.

Development
85.

On the right is a boneyhive building, designed by the people who did Marina City
86.

87.

Some new and old
88.

Getting closer....
89.

Two of Chicago's tallest
90.

91.

Here's that South branch conyon I was talking about ealier
92.

Sears
93.

94.

Financial District
95.

Ivy building
96.

97.

Coming out of the south branch and back into the main branch
98.

99.

100.

Being that that picture is my last south branch pic and it is another even 50 pictures. I'll go ahead and stop there and post more later.

Hope you enjoyed this second set.
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Old June 24th, 2008, 04:16 PM   #4
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Some pics are a bit blurry. but nice collection
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Old June 24th, 2008, 08:41 PM   #5
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^Yeah. I'm not exactly working with a nice camera or anything.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 10:47 PM   #6
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Set 3 (pictures 101-150)

101. Looking down the river


102.


103.


104.


105.


106.


107.


108.


109.


110.


111.


Swissotel
112.


113.


114.


115.

116.


Concluding the boat tour, in the Odgen Slip, lots of ducks and geese
117.


118.


119.


The next few were taken in Little Italy
120.


121.


122.


Skyline from Little Italy
123.


124.


This is near the Opera studio
125.


Opera studio!
126.


From Greektown
127.


128.


129.


Going back over one of the bridges from Greektown to Downtown
130.


Domination
131.


This came out a little dark, from Navy Pier
132.


Hancock
133.


Chicago theatre
134.


City Hall
135.


Art Institute/Aon
136.


Art Institute, Prudentials, and Aon
137.


138.


Hilton
139.


140.


141.


From Grant Park
142.


143.


Lots of new
144.


Buckingham Fountain
145.


146.


147.


148.


149.


150.


Thats' the end of set 3. Hope you all enjoyed!
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 05:59 PM   #7
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Set 4 (Photos 151-200)

151. Here's the fountain shooting up


152. I never really got over to this, but it looked cool


153. Lots of new development just south of downtown


154. Looking back


155. Soldier Field


156.

157.

158. Old and new


159.

160. Now I got off the bus at Navy Pier, this was inside the beer garden


161. I took a speed boat ride and the boat stopped a few times allowing me to get some medicore skyline shots (not the skylines fault! the camera's and rocking boat's fault!)


162.

163.

164. Now back over by the Water tower


That pretty much ended that day, next I went to the top of the Sears Tower! Unfortunatley, the rain was coming in.
165.

166.

167.

Out to the West, you can see the bands of rain coming in
168.

169.

170.

171.

172.

173.

Rain coming in harder now
174.

175.

176.

177.

Back on the ground
178.

Still raining around the Financial and Theatre Districts
179.

180.

181.

182. Canyon


183.

184.

Next I made my way back over to the parks to Cloudgate
185.

186.

187.

188.

189.

190.

191. Tallest church steeple


192. I went to the Adler Planterium next, from here you get the best skyline views


193.

194.

195.

196.

197.

198.

199. Back over to Millenium Park


200. Hancock Tower


That's it for now. More to come.
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Set 4 (Photos 151-200)

151. Here's the fountain shooting up


152. I never really got over to this, but it looked cool


153. Lots of new development just south of downtown


154. Looking back


155. Soldier Field


156.

157.

158. Old and new


159.

160. Now I got off the bus at Navy Pier, this was inside the beer garden


161. I took a speed boat ride and the boat stopped a few times allowing me to get some medicore skyline shots (not the skylines fault! the camera's and rocking boat's fault!)


162.

163.

164. Now back over by the Water tower


That pretty much ended that day, next I went to the top of the Sears Tower! Unfortunatley, the rain was coming in.
165.

166.

167.

Out to the West, you can see the bands of rain coming in
168.

169.

170.

171.

172.

173.

Rain coming in harder now
174.

175.

176.

177.

Back on the ground
178.

Still raining around the Financial and Theatre Districts
179.

180.

181.

182. Canyon


183.

184.

Next I made my way back over to the parks to Cloudgate
185.

186.

187.

188.

189.

190.

191. Tallest church steeple


192. I went to the Adler Planterium next, from here you get the best skyline views


193.

194.

195.

196.

197.

198.

199. Back over to Millenium Park


200. Hancock Tower


That's it for now. More to come.
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Wonderful photo tour of a great city.

Well done, looking forward to more.
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Wow! Great pics. Must...go...there...
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