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Old Posted Jul 24, 2009, 5:17 PM
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Took the train into Chicago the other day... (120 pics)

So, on July 22, I took Metra into the city to visit a friend who works on the 57th floor of the Prudential building. I also took my time taking pictures while strolling through the Loop until I had to hop back onto the train to go home at 3:30. I took alot of pics that day.

EDIT - I resized the pictures. They're alot easier to see now!

I arrive at Union Station around 9:30.




It really is a pretty building.


I then begin my stroll down Adams Street until I hit the river and take this picture


of (dare I say it?) The Willis Tower




Then I look around the corner onto Franklin


And continue my walk along Adams...




...and down LaSalle Street






until I hit the Chicago Board of Trade


and the turn east onto Jackson Blvd




Then onto Clark until I reach Congress Parkway. That tan building in the middle is a jail.


...Then walk a little south of there














then back north until I hit my first destination: The Harold Washington Library, the largest public library in the world.







The inside of the library is nothing special, really, until you get up to the 9th floor; the Winter Garden.




After the library I decided to take State Street






The library from State


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From State I take Washington until I reach Michigan Avenue. This is where I'm headed. The one to the right.


The Chicago Cultural Society




Looking down South Michigan








On my way to Prudential now.








Looking through Washington Street


Passing through Milleniumm Park




And up we go!
(Sorry for the glare in some of these)






The new Aqua building. One of the coolest buildings in the city now, imo.








Close up of the Aon Center. Very closely resembles the WTC.




The famous Marina City


With this building in the foreground. I don't know exactly what it's called, but it's up on there on my top 5 list of favorite buildings in Chicago.


The one on the right of this one is pretty cool, too.


McCormick Place, Soldier Field, and the Field Museum in the foreground.




The Legacy at Millemium Park.








The Illinois Center




Another awesome building, the Hard Rock Hotel






The top of One Prudential Plaza. At one point this used to be the tallest building in the city.


Grant Park




The Art Institute, with the new Modern Wing at the left.




The Bean! (With Prudential's giant TV antenae in the foreground)




The top of the Board of Trade


The Wrigley (left) and the Tribune (right)


The corner of city hall is to the right


Back on the ground, the Prudential Plaza


and a shot of where I just was. Told you that antenae was huge!




My final destination was The Chicago Architectural Foudation (museum), right down Michigan Aenue, in the Santa Fe Building.


This is probably my favorite stretch of road in the entire city.














There's the Legacy again






The Art Institute of Chicago




Here we are at the Architectural Foundation. This is their main attraction, a big model of downtown Chicago, where 1 inch = 50 feet.
















On the way back to Union Station, looking down Wabash Ae towards the Trump.












Well that's it. I hope you enjoyed.

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Old Posted Jul 25, 2009, 2:58 AM
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Wednesday was such a pleasant day to be out & about in Chicago. Thanks for the photos!
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A most enjoyable stroll, and you're fortunate to have access to a viewing location that's not one generally available to the public. Chicago provides a lot of material!
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Nice, the model has like all the new buildings, too.
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Thanks guys. It was a very nice walk - I got a lot of exercise that day!

I just finished resizing all my pictures so that they are normal size now. You don't have to squint anymore to make out all the details in the old buildings!
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Quite incredible.
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This looks like a model. How was that achived? Nice photo thread.
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There are so many good pictures...I just don't know where to begin. Good job, sir!
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Thanks everyone. bnk - that's one of my favorite shots, too. All I did really was click 'auto levels' in Photoshop and that's how it turned out. It really brings out the details. Actually, that's what I did for pretty much all of these.
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Chicago seems underrated to me, If there was no such thing as NY, people would be calling it the capital of the earth.
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Awesome pics man, I was just in Chicago on the 4th weekend. The building you can't identify is 35 E.Wacker Dr. A couple of cool things about the tower are that there used to be an automobile lift to the first 22 floors to private garages as the building housed mainly jewelers in the past. As well the top dome was home to Al Capones Stratosphere club back during prohibition days. I bet that tower has many stories to tell.
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Amazing city!
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Classic.





I personally can not wait for the day when the tracks are finally covered up.

Nice thread.
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Chicago is just incredible. Thanks for posting these awesome photos.
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fantastic pictures¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
specially the aqua building¡¡¡¡ thanks
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Nice pics!
I've been in love with this street front since I was a kid.

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This was my 1st time seeing this thread and all i gotta say is.... WOW!!! I don't know how I missed this one. It dedinitely has a ton of great shots in there! You're definitely a great photographer...
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