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Old October 24th, 2008, 07:17 PM   #1
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Some famous and some unknown Chicago buildings

I was wandering around a Chicago neighborhood that most tourists don't get to and took some pictures. There's a few more recognizable pictures, too, but most of it's from what you might call an up-and-coming neighborhood.

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Wacker Drive.

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The Pritzker Pavilion -- for free outdoor concerts.

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Smurfit-Stone building. From Adventures in Babysitting. Smurfit-Stone makes cardboard boxes.

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Remarkably, this is not the narrowest building in Chicago. I know a restaurant that's barely five feet wide.

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Symphony Hall. I don't think it's all that great, but it's supposed to be significant.

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The Roosevelt Road Metra Station. Metra is regional rail. This station has been here since the 40's. A replacement is being built.

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The Legacy is about half done, so you can imagine why some people complain that it's out of scale with it's neighbors. I like it because it blocks the windows at my ex-bosses' condo. Ha!

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Elevated rail is only good if it travels in a straight line. The CTA makes many turns, so the trains lean and squeal and spit oil on the street below so the wheels don't climb the track.

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A typical elevated rail station in the Loop.

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For some reason this photograph looks like something from Model Railroader magazine.

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One of my favorite old buildings. The Carbide and Carbon Building is now the Hard Rock Hotel. I like it because you hardly ever see green terra cotta on such a scale.

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A blues club.

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The Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Illinois building was 32 stories when it was finished in 1997. It's getting another 25 stories now. A bunch of buildings in the area were designed to expand upward when needed.

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This is a building going up (82 stories when done) called Aqua. Construction is a little slow because each floor has a different plate, calculated by computer and plotted by GPS and laser. It doesn't look very good from a distance, but when you get up close under it, it's very cool.

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Workers doing a renovation last week accidentally discovered they were working on a false facade. The real facade is behind it, and it turns out was made by famous architect Louis Sullivan, but no one's seen it in a hundred years. Now it's all buttoned up but I managed to get this shot showing a little bit of the detail.

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Two Prudential Plaza - offices.

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One Museum Park - residential.

Lots of generic late 1800's buildings...

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Old October 24th, 2008, 07:41 PM   #2
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Nice pix, especially of Aqua. And you have some classic/old-school Chicago buildings here...
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Old October 24th, 2008, 07:52 PM   #3
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