Happy Guy Fawkes Day!
Due to the unfortunate closure of Mystery One bookstore in Milwaukee, we had a free day yesterday. We enjoyed amazing weather in Chicago - 70 degrees (20 C) and sunny. At the beginning of November? Gadzooks.
So we took the opportunity to enjoy a cruise on the Chicago River and associated waterways narrated by a docent from the Architects Guild, or whatever it is called. The idea of the trip was to learn about Chicago's magnificent architecture.
When I was at the university of Illinois Urbana Champaign in the 1970s and early 80s, I visited Chicago every other week, to play squash, to visit friends, or to go to one of the many museums. I always thought it was a wonderful city.
Today's trip reinforced that opinion. The city has seen many spectacular new buildings soar over the past twenty years, and a boat trip is the best way to see it all.
So here are some photos from the trip. If you haven't visited Chicago before, you should really try to do so. It is magnificent.
After the tragic fire of October, 1871, the city fathers decided to rebuild the city in an organised way. In addition, they wanted it to be Paris on the prairie. Hence so many buildings that have a Parisian feel. Since then, architects from around the world have graced the city with gorgeous buildings.
|The Trump Tower (90 stories) towers over the Wrigley Building|
|Marina City with two towers built to look like corn cobs. The first building in the country to be built with tower cranes. 65 stories high..|
|One of my favourite buildings anywhere - 333 West Wacker Drive|
|Art Deco windows|
|The Montgomery Ward distribution centre. Employees used roller skates to move around because it was so big.|
|Built with a small footprint for two reasons: to avoid the railway lines, and to provide some park space underneath.|
|The Lyric Opera House|
|Low rent district 1|
|Low rent district 2|
|What was called the Sears Tower (the black building). Now the Willis Tower. Once the tallest building in the world.|
|Willis Tower again|
|The 'L' - the elevated metro system.|
|The gorgeous Merchandise Mart - now called the Mart.|
|Chicago Tribune building with the Wrigley Building on the left|
|The amazing Lake Point Towers (on the right) - built in violation of code. The old Chicago practice of apologising afterwards!|
|Trump Tower next to the Wrigley Building|
|The amazing Millennium Bean - the reflections are stunning|
|That's me taking the photo of the reflection of me and Michael|
|Walking through the bean|
|Chicago from Millennium Park|