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Old March 15th, 2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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Chicago Skyline Lit for Saint Patrick's Day

Someone on the Chicago Architecture Twitter feed asked to see a picture of the Chicago skyline as it's lit for Saint Patrick's Day.
I posted the link on the feed, but thought I'd share the picture here with people who aren't subscribers, too:

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The buildings lit in this picture are Sears Tower (Willis Tower), 311 South Wacker, Marina City, and Plaza 440.

Here's an annotated version: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artefaq...on/3356427595/

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Old March 15th, 2009, 11:05 PM   #2
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is it true the sears tower is getting a new name??
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Old March 15th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #3
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It's cool seeing all the lights become the same color. Truly brings all the buildings together. Oh, and run for your lives! That damn Willis name is spreading amongst our ranks!
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Old March 16th, 2009, 06:14 AM   #4
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Have they started dyeing the Chicago River green yet?
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Old March 16th, 2009, 01:23 PM   #5
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is it true the sears tower is getting a new name??
Unfortunately, yes. It's being renamed the Willis Tower. It just whips my shit they are renaming a national treasure like that, but it will always be Sears Tower to me.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=33292

There is even some talk about repainting the damn thing SILVER. These people have lost their minds.

http://www.suntimes.com/business/roe...eder25.article
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Old March 16th, 2009, 03:56 PM   #6
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Have they started dyeing the Chicago River green yet?
They did it this weekend:

By Flipped Out, from Flickr:

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Old March 16th, 2009, 04:48 PM   #7
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It's cool seeing all the lights become the same color. Truly brings all the buildings together. Oh, and run for your lives! That damn Willis name is spreading amongst our ranks!
So, other than the spire, how are office buildings changing the light colour? I assumed that photo was simply tweaked with Photoshop to give a greenish/bluish haze to the lights.

Dying the river green is just wrong on so many levels, and way over the top.
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Old March 16th, 2009, 04:54 PM   #8
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So, other than the spire, how are office buildings changing the light colour? I assumed that photo was simply tweaked with Photoshop to give a greenish/bluish haze to the lights.

Dying the river green is just wrong on so many levels, and way over the top.
The photograph was not altered. The tops of the four buildings listed above are illuminated in green. The green/blue tint you see in the windows of the buildings is because of differences in color temperatures of the lights used in each building.

If you still don't understand what's different, look at the annotated version of the image linked above.
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I don't want to detract from the thread with talk of camera white balance, etc...., so Happy St Patrick's Day to all!

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Old March 16th, 2009, 08:22 PM   #10
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Chicago's river looks fantastic
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Dying the river green is just wrong on so many levels, and way over the top.
I agree but I don't really think anything could survive in that nasty river anyway. It's a tradition for years and years now, so I say what the hell

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Oh and about the Sears Tower thing. If they rename it to the name of the next owner then in 50 years or so the name will have to change AGAIN. They need to name it something like "The Chicago Tower," or something timeless like that.
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They have been using an eco-friendly vegetable dye for many many years now, to replace the oil-based one that was used initially. And they dye only one section of the river.

http://www.greenchicagoriver.com/index.html
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btw to the mods--

i think this pic needs to be the banner on march 17th
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Willis tower? Please say no. That is horrible!
It will stay THE SEARS TOWER to me for ever.
Willis Tower? Why?
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Dying the river green is just wrong on so many levels, and way over the top.
The EPA says the dye is harmless...
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They did it this weekend:

By Flipped Out, from Flickr:

Thanks. I think it looks awesome! It's nice that they keep up with old traditions and customs, and celebrate at least some of the diversity that makes up Chicago/US.

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http://www.greenchicagoriver.com/index.html
That sounds good, and harmless enough, so hope they continue with this tradition for many years to come.

Anyways, Happy St Patrick's Day everybody!

Today the Irish rule Chicago! And everywhere else for that matter as there are parades and lots of shenanigans happening all over the world!
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i think this pic needs to be the banner on march 17th
Totally agree, especially just for today anyway.
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Thanks. I think it looks awesome! It's nice that they keep up with old traditions and customs, and celebrate at least some of the diversity that makes up Chicago/US.

That sounds good, and harmless enough, so hope they continue with this tradition for many years to come.

Anyways, Happy St Patrick's Day everybody!

Today the Irish rule Chicago! And everywhere else for that matter as there are parades and lots of shenanigans happening all over the world!
You're welcome. And yes, I think that it is nice to keep the tradition/custom going.

The Irish are indeed powerfully represented in some of the big Chicago institutions -- Politics and the Catholic Church, most especially, where they hold positions of high office.
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I like the green water.
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Nice, and WTF? Renaming the Sears tower???????? WWHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYY?
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