Our first day - looking out the window - we were in the midst of a cloud. It's actually kind of creepy to look out the window and only see white. The following days - we had much better views. The buildings in Chicago are neat. It's not that old of a city - but it seems that buildings have been kept - rather than just torn down for a new development. They're also REALLY tall! Due to the downtown airport here, there has been a height cap in Edmonton, so it was very unfamiliar to have so many giant buildings.
|This is one of the views from up where we stayed for the first couple days!|
|It's surrounded by so many other big buildings I couldn't get far enough back to get it all in...|
|This is from across the street on the other side. I love that it looks like a castle!|
|You can see the Into the Garden poster!|
The pumping station is still functioning in a different area of the building - Sara told me some crazy stat on how many gallons of water pass through there every day. I remember thinking, Wowza! but the number didn't stick in my head... :)
There was lots of gawk at all over the place. Chicago also seems to have a crazy number of fountains and gardens... some that spit at you, some that look like something magical might happen, many that seem to commemorate something.
|This garden smelled wonderful!|
|The face looks at you for a bit and then...|
|Spits at you! |
It was a blast to watch the screeching excited little people splashing around!
Tia and I went for the Architectural Society's architectural boat tour one morning. The rain threatened, but didn't really fall - which was great. It was interesting to learn some of the things that makes buildings look the way they do - like the ones with recessed portions, because of bylaws or structural issues (like what goes over the subway/train lines). I would recommend the ride!
I loved all the bits of decoration on lots of the buildings. Beautiful little details!
|On the Opera House - can you hear him?|
|There are SO many bridges in Chicago - and they seem to all be bascule bridges |
(they can be raised up so large boats can pass) so they have these fabulous bridge houses.
|Isn't this a massive building? "short" by comparison, but GIANT.|
|The guide on the boat asked what we thought the top of this building looked like? Apparently some think it looks like a battery, and other think the top of a bottle of champagne. What do you think?|
There were LOTS of cool structures, but I won't make you look at them all, plus some I just looked at. I hope you're having a great day!