Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Fun of Chicago, Illinois

This is different that the photos that we normally post of nature and foreign lands. This week, please join us for a fun weekend in Chicago, one of our favorite cities. This first photo is the ferris wheel on Navy Pier which juts into Lake Michigan from the heart of downtown.
Chicago is know for its architecture. Even seemingly anonymous apartment or office buildings, like this building across the street from our hotel, has charming details.
The fountain in front of Navy Pier welcomes visitors on a blustery November day. In warmer weather, this fountain attracts people, especially children, who find it inviting to take off their shoes and wade in the splashing water.
Even in November there are pockets of gardens in the heart of the city.
This is the new Trump building located where the ugly Sun Times building used to be located, on the river just a block from Michigan Avenue. The views down the river out to the Lake from this location must be spectacular.
Millenium Park has a fountain with giant lighted columns containing photos of people's faces that change several times every minute. Water pours out from the faces. The back side of one of the columns is the blue glow on the right of this photo, with the column at the other end of the fountain visible in the center.
I often post desert sunsets on my Scottsdale Daily Photo site, and Dave often posts Pacific sunsets on his Tamarindo, Costa Rica Daily Photo site, so here is a Chicago sunset from the lounge at the top of the John Hancock Building. Our good friend, Sharon of Phoenix Daily Photo, had a temporary job assignment in Chicago for several years and she lived next to the river on Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and the lake, with views from her corner apartment down to Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Field Museum, Navy Pier, the river, lake and more . We missed her in Arizona, but loved staying with her in Chicago.

6 comments:

brattcat said...

such a fabulous city. these are excellent images.

Traveling Hawk said...

everytime I visit your blog, I find here superb photos and nice subjects:)

JM said...

All photos are brilliant! The night shot is my favourite, love it.

Filip Demuinck said...

I like to go to Chicago but Yosemite is the absolute top for us.

glenda said...

Love Chicago! You have some really great shots. Makes me want to re-visit.

Memphis MOJO said...

Great series. Chicago is an under-rated city.

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