Sunday, June 10, 2012

Chicago Architecture Tour

Two weeks ago Jenn and I stayed in downtown Chicago to get away from it all. In other words, spend some time without the kids. While we were down there we went on a tour to see the architecture along the Chicago River. There are some cool old, and new, buildings down there that I tried my best to do justice to with my camera. It turns out it is not all that easy to take a good picture from a moving boat. Who knew?

Here is the Wrigley Building with the Tribune Tower behind it.

Another view of the Wrigley building. The color is slightly off due to the clouds and white balance. My bad on that. 

I don't remember the name of this place but I thought it look cool. Like a condo building from Cloud City or the Jetsons. 

The gigantic Merchandise Mart. This picture does not due justice to the size of this place. 

This is looking down the river and the Sears Tower now known as the Willis Tower, but that is tough for a life-long Chicago suburban person to say. 

This didn't turn out as well as I wanted, again, moving boat, but I liked the old look of the sign that is about to fall into the water. 

This is a look down the river to the old Montgomery Ward building. I forgot what is all in there now. Again, it is much bigger than this looks. 

I just like that this said "Sponge" on the old water tank on top. 

This wasn't on the boat tour, but this is the City Hall building. Imposing. 

I took more pictures but these were the ones that turned out the best. I highly recommend taking a tour like this if you ever come to Chicago. We took the one through the Chicago Architecture Foundation, which I highly recommend, but there are others as well. If you do go, don't be like me and not pay close enough attention. When I got home the next day I had to ask Jenn and look up which buildings were in the pictures I took. 

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