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Wandering Around Chicago

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Here are some photos of Chicago1375648165_f430d105df.jpg

Downtown from Diversey Harbor

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New Pocket park just North of Millenium Park and Randolf

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New condo tower, LSD and the new park

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Navy Pier (from the corporate condo I was staying in, yeah, it was rough)

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Sunrise over the Lake

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Belmont Harbor

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And some more, feel free to post some of your own wandering shots...

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The waterfront at Diversey inlet

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From Big John

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Belmont Harbor Sea Wall

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Hazy Day

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OK, some more...

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Sear Tower (while laying in the gutter - no comments)

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The El (Wells and Monroe)

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The Pritzker and the new town

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The requisite and cliched bean shot

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Aon and Prudential

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Half Moon Rising

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Hot day, cool water = fog rolling in, Belmont Harbor

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Who I wander with, looking awfully relaxed in the sun at Belmont Harbor

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Wandered from the South Loop to the top of the Magnificent Mile. What a walk, what a city!

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So many cranes to build condos for the people. How does Dubai get cranes when the South Loop has them all?

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More condos!

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The El and the Sears Tower

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So the Mayor lives somewhere in the South Loop and is said to want to make it like the Gold Coast. He seems to get what he wants around here, so, come buy a condo before you can't afford one here.

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At the base of Grant Park, overlooking the skyline.

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Playing Frisbee in front of the Chicago Hilton

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Great little modern structure but what is up with the Olde English typeface?

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Great facade treatment, not open yet, don't know what this will be.

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OK, they are making condos in here, but I reaaaally don't approve of the crappy elevator addition. How did they get away with defacing a landmark?

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George must have been a cool dude.

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Bottom of the Loop, I love this facade and sign

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Monadnock Building and Sear Tower. Two of Chicago's finest.

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Hotel Burnham. Read Devil in the White City to learn more about Daniel Burnham...

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Hotel Burnham from my seat in the Walnut Room at Marshal Fields/Macys.

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The Tiffany ceiling at Marshal Fields/Macys. Looks incredible close-up

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Wow, you don't see that at Walmart.

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State Street, lots of construction, making a comeback.

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New Icon on State, glass tower with huge retail component.

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This building on State looks like it is from San Francisco.

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New condos over the new home of the Joffrey Ballet on State Street

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Trump Tower. He is said to want to open the hotel part this fall, even though the tower is not complete. Why throw away revenue?

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Somewhat respectful of the Wrigley Building. Lowered mass to continue the cornice before reaching for the heights.

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More new condos rising

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And more

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and more

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and more.

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The Ritz Carlton tower, 40% sold, to start soon.

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A piece of the pyramid, in the Tribune Tower

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Marina Tower and friends.

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Hey:

Feel free to post your own photos taken on trips to Chicago or if you live here! Where have you wandered? Where would you like me to wander (be nice)? If there is a project you are curious about, let me know, I will try and get there within a few days to get some photos for you.

GR guy (almost)

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I used to live in Chicago and loved every minute of it! I almost hate that I moved away from such a great city but I have found myself at home in Charlotte and I would never have met my wife had I not moved. It is great to see such wonderful photos of Chicago as you have done!

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If there is a project you are curious about, let me know, I will try and get there within a few days to get some photos for you.

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Hey Nitro, job is good. Love the city. I will try and get down to the Printer's Row area this weekend. Don't know about Dearborn Station. Is it a train station?

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OK, thanks Nitro. Printers Row area, just south of the Loop, still home to some publishing/book companies but increasingly seeing gentrification from the South Loop condo invasion. At the heart of this area is Dearborn Station, former train station, now renovated and home to shops and offices. Beautiful building and great area. Great suggestion.

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Dearborn Station

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The tower

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The incredible brickwork

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Narrow Streets in the adjoining Printer's Row area

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More Printer's Row

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And a block away, every spare lot is being developed into condos

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And every vacant building is getting re-used. All in the shadow of the Sears Tower

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And then more wandering...here is the entrance to either Upper Wacker (the one everyone knows) or Lower Wacker (an entire system of streets, open to the public under the existing streets). It can save time for those who know where to get on and off. It is also the setting for Batman, filmed last summer. Very "dark" looking subterranian environment.

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More "EL" tracks

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Some more new condo buildings just North and South of the River (within blocks of Michigan Avenue and the new Spire Tower construction site - soon to be North America's tallest)

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Street signs are calling this area "Chicago's New East Side". This whole area was industrial and prior to that was water! The ground here is all landfill from the Great Fire. They simply bulldozed the rubble into Lake Michigan and formed many new blocks of city.

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Another new East Side tower under construction. Can't wait to see this one's skin.

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Site of the Spire

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North of the River

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More North

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Very interesting condo, they bought the air rights over the adjoining Pritzker Military Museum

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Maybe the museum has closed? I hope they save the mural, looks like a Richard Haas.

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So many new buildings, hard to keep up. Nice problem to have.

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New 600 N. Lake Shore twin towers. Yow. What a location, right on the water.

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Get yourself a corner living room, overlooking the Lake and skyline.

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More 600, from the water side.

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An interesting building just west and north of downtown

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Another Richard Haas, I believe.

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Less well known Mies van der Rohe condos, at Diversey Harbor

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Another perfect day in the city, along Lake Michigan

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Walkways all along the Lake are well used and loved.

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New sea wall south of Diversey Inlet

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^^ :blink: There is so much going on in Chicago. Its Mind boggling.

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Great photo thread GRGuy! I got a tour of this Lakeshore East complex when I was there in February 2006. Looks a lot nicer in the Summer then in February! :shades: They were also going to build a school in the project as well. Crazy.

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New Pocket park just North of Millenium Park and Randolf

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New condo tower, LSD and the new park

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Great photo thread GRGuy! I got a tour of this Lakeshore East complex when I was there in February 2006. Looks a lot nicer in the Summer then in February! :shades: They were also going to build a school in the project as well. Crazy.

This building is unbelievable! Any more info on it? Where is it located?

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This condo tower is at 510 West Erie at the corner of Kingsbury, right where Erie dead ends into the river. I had never been to this part of the river before, there is a great park, seating...a very enticing little section of town.

This building was designed by Lucien LaGrange, who also is the architect for the new Ritz residences in a photo above (the one that is 40% sold and will keep the nice historic corner building).

I talked with a resident sitting in front of the building. He said there are rentals and condos in the building. You could rent a little pied de'terre (sp?), Dadoff.

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How funny about your brother! Yes, the park is really pretty and a restaurant is still there, called Erie Cafe or something like that. I think they specialize in steak now.

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Dang, I wish I would have realized that. I was in town for the day yesterday and walked right past this site. I didn't really pay attention to what it was. I'll be back in Chicago for Greenbuild the first of November so I'll go inspect it further.

I noticed something strange while observing Trump Tower. The curtain wall and glazing system they used looks weird. It looks as if the entire building is coated in a thin shell of plastic, like grandma's old couch. I don't know what it is but it has a strange effect on the building.

By the way, does anyone know, was that a di Suvero sculpture I passed in Millennium Park? It looked just like a di Suvero.

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How funny about your brother! Yes, the park is really pretty and a restaurant is still there, called Erie Cafe or something like that. I think they specialize in steak now.

How funny about your brother! Yes, the park is really pretty and a restaurant is still there, called Erie Cafe or something like that. I think they specialize in steak now.

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Great pics GR...ur...CHIguy. ;) It's really outrageous the amount of building going on here.

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Beautiful pics of a great city! Thanks for sharing. I could live in Chicago if I had to.. :shades::silly:

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Oh, did I mention that there are some condo buildings going up? :P

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This is block North of the Marina Towers and House of Blues

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Does size really matter?

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hey, here is something novel! An office building being built by the Merchandise Mart...not a condo!

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Here is a shot of the massive columns on City Hall, reflecting light from the building across the street

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I'm in Chicago on business and took the Architectural River Cruise on Sunday. Took tons of pictures, I'll post them when I get home. I apologize in advance for not having many comments with them - I don't remember what anything was! I have never seen Chicago from that perspective and was very impressed! What a great city!

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Yes, it is a great city. Some more views of it.

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Lincoln Park

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North Pond restaurant, located in an old boat house on the lake in Lincoln Park. Anybody buying dinner? $$$$

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Totally stumbled on this one today. The Chicago Cultural Center. Located across Michigan from Millenium Park. Block long building built in 1897. Was the library, now a center of arts open to all. Most stuff here is free and open to the public. The building is one of the most magnificent structures I have ever been in. Covered with Tiffany mosaics, glass ceilings and lighting. Breathtaking. Photos do not do it justice. Stop by when you are in town.

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Tiffany lighting

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Tiffany glass mosaic walls and ceilings, trimmed with Carrara marble

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Why this is not an internationally known symbol of the City is a mystery to me.

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One of the domed glass ceilings

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All glass mosaic inlays on the railings and floors

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Both entrance lobbies are different, so wander thru the entire building to see all the beauty.

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Pritzker Pavillion right outside

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This is a building on Michigan Ave I shot earlier. It is a Jewish Center of some sort. Still not open. Great facade.

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The entrance area

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Fewer boats as the temperature drops.

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O_O

I am definately going to check out that building next time I'm downtown.

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