Chicago, the windy city

Ah, Chicago and its skyscrapers… Once you are there, you can’t miss all these huge buildings.. they are everywhere ! If you are an architecture lover, this city is for you. If you are not… well, believe me, you will still enjoy yourself :-) Chicago was the beginning of our road trip around Lake Michigan (for those who’ve missed it : here)

We’ve heard a lot of good things about the Architecture tour (run by the Architecture foundation), especially from a blind guy we met in Mount Rainier (I know, right !?). He recommended the tour to us, so we took a ticket and we cruised on the canals. It was so interesting to learn about all the buildings, especially the different styles, the evolution from contrete to steel and glass. The weather that afternoon was a bit cloudy, but the tour was awesome !

I was impressed by several of them, including the Aqua, with the special balcony design, the NBC tower, with its famous art Deco style and the Marina city, a “corn cob” shape building that was very famous several decades ago :-)

We ate our first cheesecake at the cheesecake factory and that was a memorable experience :-) The portions were way too big, but it was really good !! I lost my phone over there, but I didn’t realize it straight away. When I went back, I found it under the table, pffff… I was so scared ;-) We also had a quick look at the Navy Pier, another famous Chicago landmark. We didn’t stay for too long over there, it was too busy for our liking but I can tell you that the public toilets were quite nice !

 

Do you have a favourite building in Chicago ?


 

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96 responses to “Chicago, the windy city

  1. I always wanted to do that there. I’m a wannabe architect so I know a bit. I did the one in Seattle with the arch. Foundation but it was pouring. I couldn’t take photos enjoyed the photos of your tour.

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    • It was so much fun and so interesting. The guides were really knowledgeable. Too bad for your tour in rainy Seattle ! Is the weather in Seattle often bad ? I’ve read somewhere it was raining a lot. But when we spent a few days over days, we had a lot of sunshine.

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      • You were lucky .we had one beautiful day when we got there and then it rained the rest of the time till the day we were leaving . Yes it rains a lot there.

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  4. Nice photos. Chicago is for sure my top favorite of the large US cities… so pretty, so laidback, love the people there, the buildings, the houses, the lake, the food, boystown… I used to work high up in one of the Marina towers and remember the fantastic view from there!

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  5. Chicago looks like such a great city. It’s definitely one of the US cities I want to visit. I LOVE the Cheesecake Factory – they do the best right? We went to the one in Las Vegas and I could have stayed there all day trying their different desserts!

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  6. Chicago was one of my favorite places I traveled to right after college…and thought, this is where I want to be (young city, music and as you have shown in your photos ~ amazing feel/architecture). Those feeling come back to me with this post…very cool!

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  7. Wonderful photos Gin! Wow those buildings are impressive have never been to Chicago ( or the States for that matter) everything looks to be on a grand scale you must have got a stiff neck from looking up to take all those photos! Hope your internet issues are sorted out now and great post as always! Have a lovely Easter weekend 😃

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    • The best way to look at them was from a distance. The Architecture cruise was amazing, but difficult to see what it really looks like from the boat. It was great for the stories and to know about things, but the best way to enjoy Chicago skyline is from the field museum or from the Millennium Park ;-)

      I’m on holiday for a few days, will head to Lake District at the end of next week. It’s going to be great ! my internet is back to normal :-)

      Enjoy your weekend as well :-)

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    • Actually I’m cheating a bit, it’s part of my travels from 2013 (part of my series about the great lakes ;-)). I don’t really like my pictures from that time, but it was so awesome that I couldn’t not to share it ! Have a nice weekend :-)

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  8. Lovely views of Chicago here. I have visited Chicago many times (family). I like the river and lake areas, and also the Museum of Science and Industry. Thanks for sharing your visit. 😃

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    • Is the museum of Science and Industry called the Field museum ? I’ve visited the Field museum and I loved it ! I will talk about it soon :-) The river area is really nice, and I love the streets around, full of shops and places to eat and drink

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  9. I’ve lived in Chicago for several years and still think it’s one of the prettiest cities I’ve seen. I love the architecture tour – it’s been many years since I did it but I remember it being really interesting.

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  10. Ive been to Chicago on an overnight layover once when I was working for the airlines. We had the best hotel but sadly, I didn’t have time to go around to look at tourist sights. So I’m not sure if I can even say I’ve been to Chicago 😊

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    • The skyscrapers were really impressive, and it it was really nice to see them from a distance. We could really appreciate them and the whole picture :-)

      Are you going to do something special for Easter ?

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      • Yes, it looks very nice. That is what I liked of NY as well. What is the best city to visit in the US? Is it Chicago you think?
        No, here Easter is not a big thing. My whole family have been gathered in the mountains in Norway the whole week due to Easter. But here it is just free tomorrow, not Saturday. We are going to eat fish tomorrow but that is it. I miss the Norwegian Easter.
        What about you? What are your plans?

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        • Hmm I really liked San Francisco and Chicago, but I’ve only visited Las vegas, LA, SF, Seattle, Chicago and NY (as big cities)… so maybe I’m biased since I haven’t seen that much :-)

          For Easter, nothing really special. I’m going to lake district by the end of next week. That’s all :-) And to Keukenhof Gardens on Wednesday with Lucy ! I hope it will work out :-)

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  11. Too bad I didn’t “know” you then – I could have given you an insider’s Chicago tour! But you did the architecture cruise, which is one of my favorite things to suggest to visitors. I love the way our skyscrapers sparkle along the lake. Glad you enjoyed the city!

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    • Yes, that’s unfortunate… I didn’t have a blog back then :-( Damn it ! We really enjoyed the city, the skyscrapers were really amazing and so diversified ! We loved the Chicago vibe, it was so nice to walk around. Less tramps than in Seattle and less stressful than New York :D

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  12. I’ve never been in Chicago. So I haven’t a favourite building. Btw, I’ve never seen those huge and high buildings for real. Must be interesting and exciting.
    Happy Easter! :D

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    • oh yes… it’s true that it’s a great building as well. I think it’s this one that includes stones from all over the world at its base (if I recall correctly). I’m sure they also told us some other funny facts about it… but it’s too far away and my memory is apparently not that good ;-)

      I retrieved one quote from the internet :
      “Therefore when we build let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such Work as our descendants will thank us for and let us think as we lay Stone on Stone that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them and that men will say as they look upon the labor and the wrought substance of them, ‘See this our fathers did for us.’ ” –John Ruskin

      I agree ! It’s sometimes more important to think about the future generations than being selfish people and only think about us :-)

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  13. Agree the Navy Pier was way to busy for my liking as well. But did you come across the stained glass exhibit? It was an open exhibit in one of the indoor corridors, was a nice surprise!

    My favourite part on Chicago was probably going out to the Adler Planetarium:)

    Nice pictures of the architecture!

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    • Oh no, we haven’t seen it ! I’ve googled it and I saw it’s permanently closed now.. dam, i’ve missed the chance ! i love stained glass, especially when light conditions are optimal.. it can be so gorgeous.

      We went to the Field museum, but didn’t go to the Adler Planetarium. We stayed 2 days and half in Chicago if I remember correclty, and we’ve done much but difficult to see everything :-(

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      • Too bad it’s closed down, it was a addition to the pier.. Chicago sure has lots to see, impossible to reach over everything in a couple if days for sure. We wanted to do the river tour you guys went on, but didn’t get to it as we also just had 2 days. Next time:)

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  14. I love the design of different buildings and it is cool to simply walk and cruise around them and admire the artworks of great architects.
    Fantastic post and simply love it…

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    • Hmmm… I prefer outdoors and nature, it’s less stressful.. so I would go for green !! :-) But there are iconic busy places I’ve always wanted to visit in the US, including Chicago, so I’m glad we stopped by :-) I think it’s important to have a mix between cities and countryside when you travel, so you can get a better glimpse of a country :-)

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  15. I loved all the architecture in Chicago! Great shots :D unfortunately when I went in December it was way too cold/windy to do an architecture cruise but I definitely plan to if I visit during warmer weather! The deep dish pizza made up for the weather though!

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  16. Chicago has a fame of an amazing architecture that made possible the road to our contemporary architecture. If I were (and I’m already a bit blind) a blind guy certainly I’d love to have eyes to see it at least once :-)
    Strange building the Aqua, I think in it more suitable to a city akin to a tropical party like Miami than the sober and formal elegance of Chicago (disclaimer, I just know it by photos, I could be totally wrong :$)

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    • The blind guy told us the architecture guides were really good and had good stories with plenty of details. I’m glad we listened to him !

      As for the Aqua, I understand your feeling. But I think that’s what I like about Chicago. There are buildings everywhere, with different styles. All all in all, it’s a nice global but chaotic picture :-) And I’ve read that the shape of the Aqua is supposed to look like the striated limestone that is characteristic of the Great Lakes.

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  17. Fantastic pictures! I’ve only been to Chicago once, when I was ten–so my memory is a little hazy, but I clearly remember the tall round buildings with the parking garages and, of course, The Navy Pier.

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    • We stayed a few days in Chicago, we’ve visited different things, but I wouldn’t mind going back there in the future, the town has so much to offer. It was an interesting city ! I preferred Chicago to New York :-) Visiting the Navy Pier as a kid must have been really amazing :-)

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    • Chicago can be very cold indeed, I was so shocked last winter when I heard about the temperatures on the news :s When we were there, it was at the end of July, so the weather was really good :-)

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