Wednesday, May 15, 2013

United States 
Where to begin???       Hmmmm....
Let's begin with Illinois.

Hold on to you hats, we’re gonna visit the Windy City.
My Kind of Town, Chicago is.
Pam and Kevin's Photo Album
If you feel like visiting Europe, go here!
Yep, Chi-Town was where we were born and raised.
This pic was taken around the time of Kevin's retirement in 1999.
Lakefront-view taken from the top of the Sears Tower
Driving North on the Dan Ryan toward downtown
The Sear's Tower is impressive to the skyline.
It was completed in 1973 and was the tallest building in the world.  
 I just found out that it is no longer called the Sears Tower.
In 2012, they changed the name to the Willis Tower.
I will always think of it as the Sears Tower
It sure is tall.
Really tall.  
Okay, this will be the last of the Sears........maybe.
Driving South on Lake Shore to Michigan Avenue
toward the Drake Hotel and the Hancock building.
 John Hancock Building
Hancock again
Marina Towers
I always liked the corn-cob and honey-comb shape.
8-2006   Marina
Car parking was on the lower levels.
Don't back in too far.
Marina Towers (Left), Unitrin Bldg, (Center) and Chicago Theater (Center Front)
In 2011, the Unitrin Building was changed to the Kemper Building.
It was completed 1962, and was the tallest marble-clad office building in Chicago.
The Mercantile Mart
Chicago Board of Trade Building
The BOT Pit
As of 2015, the Pit no longer exists for trades.
Boeing Bldg.
CNA is also called the "Red Building".
In 1999, a window fell from the building, killing a woman walking below.
To this day, the firm physically checks each window monthly.
The diamond-shaped building was the Associates Center.
In 2012, they changed the name to Crain Communications Building.
The tall rectangle building is The Standard Oil Building.
When completed in 1974, it was the tallest building in Chicago.
A year later the Sears Tower became the tallest in the world.
Standard Oil was renamed the Amoco Building in 1985.
Then renamed the Aon Center in 1999
In 2007, it changed to Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc.
Who knows what it is now.
Are the Chicago Cops directing traffic or crossing the street?
Congress Hotel
What am I doing taking a picture in the middle of Michigan Avenue,
with cars coming at me?
Hancock and The Drake Hotel
Driving south from Lake Shore Drive onto Michigan Ave.
NBC Tower
Tribune Tower
We happened to be downtown, when they were filming a remake of “The In-Laws”
with Michael Douglas, Albert Brooks and Candice Bergen.
We remained in the area, but we have never seen the film.
Water Tower on a foggy day.
The Water Tower is located on Michigan Avenue,
 along the "Magnificent Mile" shopping district,
The Water Tower was built in 1869.
It has a large water pump to draw water from Lake Michigan.
But now it is used as a tourist information center.
Wrigley Building and a boat on the Chicago River going under Wabash Ave.
The Wrigley Bldg was designed
using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville' Cathedral
with a touch of French Renaissance.
Crain Communication Center.(Center) and Prudential Building (Right)
The Prudential was completed in 1955.
The antenna on top was used to broadcast WGN-TV.
You might recognize the Crain as the infamous building in the movie "The Babysitter".
The Aragon Ballroom
Buddy Holly was scheduled to perform in Chicago's Aragon Ballroom.  
Sadly it was cancelled due to the fatal plane crash in 1959.
The Chicago Theater
The Goodman Theater
Second City
Old Goldblatt's Building
State Street Ice Skating Rink with a Zamboni.
Billy Goat Tavern opened in 1934.
The famous newspaper columnist, Mike Royko, frequented the Bar.
In 1964, Billy Goat's moved to its current location, under Michigan Avenue.
Butt in anytime.
Perez Restaurant had great Mexican food.
We use to drive into the city to go out to lunch with our son.
The food was so good and portions so large, we had to take doggie-bags home.
The Chicago River
The Sun Times Building
The two major Newspapers in Chicago: the "Times" or the "Trib"

This is the Mirrored Building on Wacker Drive. 
The Picasso structure opened to the public in 1967 in the Daley Plaza.
People can climb and slide on it.
Picasso dwarfed by the Christmas tree. 
Marshall Fields
Architecture in Chicago is stunning.
But inside the buildings can also be dazzling.
 Marshall Fields again.  These are escalators. 
 Okay, let's visit some museums.
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of our favorites.
There is so much to see.
Yes, the real Grant Wood's "American Gothic" is there.
"Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper 
"Paris Street: Rainy Day" by Gustave Caillebotte  
If you go, be sure to visit the Thorne Miniature rooms.
There are 68 tiny models of beautifully detailed rooms,
constructed between 1932 and 1940.
The Field Museum
This Mammoth is enormous.
Never sure what you might see.
Sue is the largest and best preserved Tyrannosaurus  (T Rex) ever.
 The illusive butterfly
 Famous man eating lion from Africa.
Other strange displays, also.
The Museum of Science and Industry
There is an enormous replica of the city.
  The model trains are fun to watch....
Especially from above. 
 I always loved Yesterday's Main Street.
It is a mock-up of a Chicago Street from the early 20th century.
You can still see silent movies at the Nickelodeon Cinema.
I do not remember this photo being taken.
The Shedd Aquarium opened in 1930 and still draws millions of visitors each year.
 All sorts of fish 
Lincoln Park Zoo: The lions look tired.
The monkeys were actually swinging all over the place.
 This one came over to check us out. 
Over by the University of Chicago, you can find the Oriental Museum.
 It is a relatively small museum, but it is always interesting.
Kevin and his sister had a great time.
Chicago River
Buckingham Fountain was dedicated in 1927.
It is one of the largest fountains in the world.
 Especially beautiful at night.
The Metro

The L (or Elevated) runs above ground-level.
I cannot ever remember riding it.
But you could always hear the rumble, when it was coming.  
Cloud Gate opened in Millenium Park, in May of 2006.
It was nicknamed the Bean.
Taking pictures was fascinating.
If you can see the red eclipse in the center,
I am the one (top) taking the picture and Kevin is below. 
 Which one is reality?
 Everyone should see the Bean, at least once.
The Chicago Skyline
Promontory Point Lake Michigan at 55th Street
Ted Erikson (my dad) spent immeasurable time here (and still does).
The famous "Robie House", designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Gerald Ratner Athletic Building in Hyde Park.
Chicago South Shore Apartments 
This was Kevin's childhood home.
He could walk to Rainbow Beach on Lake Michigan.
15423 Minerva Avenue in Dolton, Illinois.
This is where Kevin lived when we first met.
Nearby, there was a Drive-in restaurant.
The roller-skating waitresses would take your order,
and skate back with a tray to attach to your car window.
They had the greatest Pizza Burgers, EVER.
My first home was Gunsaulus Hall at Illinois Institute of Technology.
We lived there while my father studied and worked at IIT.
My second home was on Cicero avenue in Hometown.
I do not have a picture of either place.
But there was the Sheridan Drive-In Theater across the street in Hometown.
The cars would line up in a parking lot
and attach metal speakers to their windshields.
I can remember...
We put lawn chairs on the front lawn on Saturday evenings.
My mother would make popcorn.
And we would watch the big screen across the street.
Of course, we could not hear what they were saying in the films,
but it was great fun.
That is, until they planted a big tree to block our view.
11460 Longwood Drive, Chicago, Illinois.
I lived here from 1959 through 1965.
My room was in the attic (you can see the top window). 
I could climb out the window, and sit on the roof.
It was great for star watching at night or talking to the neighbor kid next-door.
Chicago has so many beautiful buildings
and museums and structures.
I could go on forever,
and still, never do it justice.

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