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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:
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Here you can see the pool deck of a newly completed condo across the street:
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Embassy Suites are known for their breakfasts and atriums, and this one is no different:
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Time to shed off some jet lag, my first day walking around, the tower at Illionois and McClung:
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Another condo almost done at the intersection of Illinois and McClung:
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As I turn the corner heading south I get a glimpse of the hotel I'm staying at:
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7. Construction


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A view of the Odgen Slip
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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:
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With the Hancock
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Base of the Water Tower
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Trump Tower is going to be a beauty
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Going back up the Mag Mile
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Looking back for a second
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Another view of my hotel, the shortest one:
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Heading back around dusk
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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:
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First I has some walking around time:
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Navy Pier
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Spire site
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Odgen Slip
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From inside the memorial fountain of the people who cleaned up the river
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Reisdential area, looking North
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Now, I happned to go on this area on a lucky day. It was the 400th anniversery of Jouliet exploring the river.
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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! :cheers:

Here's that fountain I was inside of
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Now after more exploring of the area I finally went back to the Odgen Slip for the architecture tour along the Chicago River
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NBC Tower
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Wrigley
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Wrigley and Tribune
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Wrigley right on the river
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Looking West towards Marina City
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Looking back at Wrigley (the dark at the the top corner is a bridge)
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Trump and a buddy
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Marina city towers
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The building on th North side of the river between LaSalle and Clark
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Looking Back
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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. :cheers: :yes:
 

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Awesome pictures! So how did you enjoy your stay?
 

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^Thanks.

I enjoyed it a lot. I found more to do there once I got there, then I thought I would. It's definitley a great, gorwing city. Lots of pride in the traditions of architecture and urban development of Chicago. More so then NYC I'd say.

I'll go into more detail about what I liked and didn't as I post later sets of photos. :)
 

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Set 2 (Pictures 51-100)

Continuing on the boat tour:
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The Mart building:
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Looking back agains, lots of cranes:
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55. Looking down the south branch:


But first up the north branch:
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Very modern looking:
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Modern development with Hancock in the backgorund:
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60. Looking up the north branch:


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One of the many control towers for the bridges
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New development along the north branch
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I remember a condition of the project being built is that the riverwalk is only open to public access to 10 P.M.
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Another control tower of a drawbridge
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Interesting townhomes:lol:
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South branch view
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Newer developments along the south branch
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The south branch has almost as good as a canyon affect then the main branch, very cool!
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Looking back towards the river junction
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Earthlink tower, one of the pleasant surprises
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Civic Opera Bvilding
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Interesting curve and the Sears
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Reflection of Sears
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Turning around and heading back towards Sears
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Development
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On the right is a boneyhive building, designed by the people who did Marina City
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Some new and old
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Getting closer....
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Two of Chicago's tallest
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Here's that South branch conyon I was talking about ealier
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Sears
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Financial District
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Ivy building
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Coming out of the south branch and back into the main branch
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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. :yes:

Hope you enjoyed this second set. :cheers:
 

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It's so nice of you to remind us of just how many fine buildings populate Chicago. With our eyes focused on the most recent structures, it's easy to forget the several scores of fine buildings that have risen since the 1990's. Thanks so much for sharing.
 

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Set 3 (pictures 101-150)

101. Looking down the river


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Swissotel
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Concluding the boat tour, in the Odgen Slip, lots of ducks and geese
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The next few were taken in Little Italy
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Skyline from Little Italy
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This is near the Opera studio
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Opera studio!
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From Greektown
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Going back over one of the bridges from Greektown to Downtown
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Domination
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This came out a little dark, from Navy Pier
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Hancock
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Chicago theatre
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City Hall
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Art Institute/Aon
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Art Institute, Prudentials, and Aon
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Hilton
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From Grant Park
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Lots of new
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Buckingham Fountain
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Thats' the end of set 3. Hope you all enjoyed! :cheers:
 

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Very nice. Although I think when you said "Opera!" you meant "Oprah!".

As both are equally obnoxious, I could see how one could make such a mistake.
 

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Very nice. Although I think when you said "Opera!" you meant "Oprah!".

As both are equally obnoxious, I could see how one could make such a mistake.

OT: I don't see how Opera can be obnoxious, especially here in Chicago, which has 2 of the finest Opera Companies in the world.

Back to the topic: FloridaFuture, thanks for this 3rd batch of pix!
 

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Very nice. Although I think when you said "Opera!" you meant "Oprah!".

As both are equally obnoxious, I could see how one could make such a mistake.
Yeah, my mistake. :lol:

Oprah seemed to be very important in Chicago. All of the tour guides talked about her all the time. I realize she's a big time celebirty but I've never seen any city near the size of Chicago go nuts over one person. :)
 

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Yeah, my mistake. :lol:

Oprah seemed to be very important in Chicago. All of the tour guides talked about her all the time. I realize she's a big time celebirty but I've never seen any city near the size of Chicago go nuts over one person. :)

LMAO:lol:...We dont go nuts, they just play it up for tourists. In fact she is so over rated in every aspect that a good portion of Chicago could take or leave her.

BTW...Great pictures and I hope that you enjoyed your time here.
 

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LMAO:lol:...We dont go nuts, they just play it up for tourists. In fact she is so over rated in every aspect that a good portion of Chicago could take or leave her.

BTW...Great pictures and I hope that you enjoyed your time here.
I really enjoyed my time in Chicago.

I liked how dog friendly it was. The urban planning is superb and the waterfront is great, not just on the lake but the river too. I felt Grant Park and it's surrounding parks felt a little chopped up by raods and rail. Kinda took away from the experice of a big urban central park. The weather was great, it'd make a great summer home. :lol: Overall very beautiful place and picturesque.

FF, you've really knocked this one out of the park. So many nice photos. Great job.

Thanks. I've still got about 75 or so more to post. :)
 

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OT: I don't see how Opera can be obnoxious, especially here in Chicago, which has 2 of the finest Opera Companies in the world.

Back to the topic: FloridaFuture, thanks for this 3rd batch of pix!
If you can't see how most people fine opera to be obnoxious, then you need to get out more. I've seen a couple of operas in my lifetime, one by Verdi in Moscow's Bolshoi theatre. While I can appreciate the performer's talents, I'll never go out of my way to go to one again.

Back to the topic, I think your observations on where Grant Park could be improved are shared by most Chicagoans.
 

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If you can't see how most people fine opera to be obnoxious, then you need to get out more. I've seen a couple of operas in my lifetime, one by Verdi in Moscow's Bolshoi theatre. While I can appreciate the performer's talents, I'll never go out of my way to go to one again.

Back to the topic, I think your observations on where Grant Park could be improved are shared by most Chicagoans.
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There is more to Opera than Verdi. It's like saying you'll never go to a baseball game because you went to one bad Cubs game and didn't like it.

No, I don't think most people find opera obnoxious; what I think is that many people are entirely ignorant of it and talk over their heads about things they don't know anything about.

Back to topic:

FloridaFuture, it is true that the railways make the parks a bit chopped up. You should have seen the area of Millennium park before it was constructed. To get a larger urban park feel, you have to probably go to Lincoln Park, even though it is a bit more elongated/narrow than some people would like.
 

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Yeah I never made it up to Licoln Park though I heard it is nice.

I'll try to have a 4th set of photos up by today if not definitley tomorrow provided SSC is running correctly.
 

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Yeah I never made it up to Licoln Park though I heard it is nice.

I'll try to have a 4th set of photos up by today if not definitley tomorrow provided SSC is running correctly.

You did fine, given the relatively short time you were here. Save the rest for a next time...
 
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