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DAY 8, Wednesday 8 May CHICAGO

It really is my kind of town

Yesterday, we drove from Detroit in the State of Michigan through the southern part of Indiana and arrived (after adjusting our watches to an hour behind for Central Time) at Chicago. We had an orientation tour around Chicago. What a beautiful place with miles of shoreline kept for parks and public beaches around the shoreline. This place really is an architectural marvel with many famous architects in past years from Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Burnham (architect of Union Station in Washington DC) and Frank Gehry.

The architecture of Chicago has influenced and reflected the history of American architecture. The city of Chicago, Illinois features prominent buildings in a variety of styles by many important architects. Since most buildings within the downtown area were destroyed (the most famous exception being the Water Tower) by the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, Chicago buildings are noted for their originality rather than their antiquity.

Burnham Bay features many notable buildings from Soldier Field Stadium, the Shedd Aquarium, Planetarium and fabulous views of the skyline.
View from Burnham Bay

View from Burnham Bay

View of skyline from Burnham Bay

View of skyline from Burnham Bay

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) tallest building currently in US

Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) tallest building currently in US

The Shedd Aquarium -one of the oldest public aquariums in the world

The Shedd Aquarium -one of the oldest public aquariums in the world

This morning we had free time to wander around our part of the city called South Loop and Loop. here are some pictures from around here.
The Flamingo sculpture - Dearborn Street Chicago

The Flamingo sculpture - Dearborn Street Chicago

Adams Avenue, street scene -tulips in flower everywhere

Adams Avenue, street scene -tulips in flower everywhere

Chicago Art Gallery -the lions speak (apparently) when a virgin walks past

Chicago Art Gallery -the lions speak (apparently) when a virgin walks past

Two streets away from our hotel is the start of Route 66.
Dearborn Street, Chicago, the start of the famed Route 66

Dearborn Street, Chicago, the start of the famed Route 66

The start of Route 66 -Chicago to Los Angeles

The start of Route 66 -Chicago to Los Angeles


Jean-Pierre Baptiste DuSable -founder of Chicago-Carribean African who set up a trading post on the Chicago River

Jean-Pierre Baptiste DuSable -founder of Chicago-Carribean African who set up a trading post on the Chicago River

The Water Tower Buildings -one of the few buildings that survived the disastrous fire of 1871 that destroyed much of Chicago

The Water Tower Buildings -one of the few buildings that survived the disastrous fire of 1871 that destroyed much of Chicago

We signed up for the cruise on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The Chicago River used to run into the lake but they built a canal and deepened the river so it now flows out of the lake and down to the Mississippi River and down out to the Gulf.

Cruise along the Chicago River

Cruise along the Chicago River


The Wrigley Building (think gum)

The Wrigley Building (think gum)


Chicago Tribune Building

Chicago Tribune Building

Chicago Tribune Building

Chicago Tribune Building

The Tribune Building has small pieces of. Famous buildings set into the blockwork

The Tribune Building has small pieces of. Famous buildings set into the blockwork

One of the 37 bridges across the Chicago River

One of the 37 bridges across the Chicago River

Architectural masterpieces

Architectural masterpieces

Merchandise Market Building -so large it has its own zip code in 1930

Merchandise Market Building -so large it has its own zip code in 1930

Navy Pier Chicago

Navy Pier Chicago

Willis Tower formerly the Sears Tower -1730 feet and 104 floors -highest building in Western Hemisphere

Willis Tower formerly the Sears Tower -1730 feet and 104 floors -highest building in Western Hemisphere

At night we had a delicious dinner at Carson's and then visited the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).
Dinner at Carson's

Dinner at Carson's

Sky Deck at ground level, Willis Tower

Sky Deck at ground level, Willis Tower

View to East from Willis Tower

View to East from Willis Tower

View from Willis Tower

View from Willis Tower

View from Willis Tower showing glass floor of Sky Deck

View from Willis Tower showing glass floor of Sky Deck

Julie standing on the Sky Deck 103 floors up -Willis Tower

Julie standing on the Sky Deck 103 floors up -Willis Tower


Philip, Julie, David and Colleen on the Sky Deck 103 Floor Willis Tower

Philip, Julie, David and Colleen on the Sky Deck 103 Floor Willis Tower


It is now 11.30pm and we have a 6.30am start in the morning with a long drive 656km from Chicago to Minneapolis.

Posted by Kangatraveller 21:24

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