S: Chicago September 2010
BC: Created by: Gayle
FC: September 2010 | Chicago
1: Our first stop was to see if we had a place to stay.......
2: ...oh and of course Abt. | Kugel Floating Granite Globe -Weighs 5,381 lbs -Floats on 12lbs of water pressure -A 3 year old child is able to turn the globe
4: The Chicago shore line
7: Just driving around and..... | ...snapping cool pictures!
8: The "Aqua" building
9: The name "Aqua" is in keeping with the nautical theme most of the buildings in the Lakeshore East development have: The Tides, The Shoreham, The Regatta, etc... But while those were conventional skyscrapers, Aqua is special. Protruding from its surface are undulating concrete balconies resembling ripples or waves. Fun facts about the Aqua building: Cost: $475,000,000 Stories: 82 Maximum Height: 870 feet / 265 meters September, 2010: This building was named #22 on Chicago Magazine's list of the Top 40 Buildings in Chicago.
10: Water Tower Chicago Illinois The tower, built in 1869 by architect William W. Boyington from yellowing Joliet limestone, is 154 feet tall. Inside was a 138 foot high standpipe to hold water. In addition to being used for firefighting, the pressure in the pipe could be regulated to control water surges in the area. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. While some incorrectly believe that the tower was the only building to survive the fire, a few other buildings in the burned district survived along with the tower. The tower was the only public building in the burned zone to survive, and is one of just a few of the surviving structures still standing. In the years since the fire, the tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and of the city's recovery from the fire.
11: Water Tower
12: Water tower Place features an eight-level atrium on the Magnificent Mile.
13: Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows at Navy Pier. | To protect the priceless artwork, each stained glass window at the Smith Museum of Stained Glass is protected by a bullet-proof sheet of glass | Many of the stained glass windows on display at Smith Museum of Stained Glass were once installed in the Chicago area.
14: Cloud Gate "The Bean" in Millennium park Cloud Gate weighs in at over 110-tons, and is 66 feet long and 33 feet high. "The Bean" was created using a huge number of individual stainless steel plates -- Cloud Gate's seamless surface is the result of thousands of hours of polishing.
15: The views from the Sears Tower/Willis Tower: At the time the Sears tower was constructed in 1974, it was the world's tallest building, eclipsing New York's twin-towered World Trade Center by 83 ft. The most spectacular attraction at the skydeck is 'the ledge, a glass balcony extending 4.3 ft where you can look straight down.
16: Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
17: Fun facts: The building is the only skyscraper in downtown Chicago east of Lake Shore Drive. Lake Point Tower was completed in 1968, is approximately 645 feet tall, and was the tallest apartment building in the world at that time. At the center of the building is a triangular core that is 59 feet across in length, which contains nine elevators and three stairwells. This core also holds all of the vertical weight of the building. | Lake Point Tower
18: The Chicago River Architectural tour | River Cottages: You can see nautical references throughout the cottages: in their portholes, decks, and abundance of triangles that allude to the sails of boats.
20: The Chicago River Architectural tour
21: Starbucks YAY!!
22: Buckingham Fountain Laid out in Grant Park, the fountain is surrounded by 4 pairs of seahorses. Each seahorse symbolizes a state boarding Lake Michigan (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan & Wisconsin). The fountain represents the lake itself.
23: Shedd Aquarium The Aquarium opened in December 1929 without any fish. Saltwater arrived in 1930, and was transported by train from Florida. As of 2010 the aquarium houses some 20,000 aquatic animals representing 1,500 different species.
24: U.S. Cellular Field
26: Pucci Wedding
27: Picci groomsmen Chris Cantu love!!
28: The many faces of Pucci | Texting Christina, since the girls limo was LATE!!