Downtown Chicago Part III

2014-12-31 at 12:46

Last two days in the City before it is back to Germany again.

Chicago Chinatown
Guess which part of town that is?

Chicago Chinatown
If you never been to another one – you go. I like the one in New York or San Francisco better.

Chicago Downtown
Must be that season…

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

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The top of the old water tower and the Hankock building

Chicago Downtown
Inside the Fourth Presbyterian Church

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown
Now you know!

Chicago Downtown
Down at the river

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown
The old trading room of the Chicago stock exchange. They killed the old building and saved it. Than they put it into the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chicago Downtown
Nice to visit the originals

Chicago Downtown
That place is so big – you need at last one day if you only want to see the important stuff. Better bring more time!

Chicago Downtown
A real shopping temple!

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown
Last morning – on the way to the airport.

A visit to the old Public Library – Chicago Cultural Center

2014-12-30 at 08:50

The old Public Library opened in 1897 and is one of the Landmark buildings of the City. The central library building was converted in 1977 to an arts and culture center. In 1991 the new library opened across the Loop.

The Chicago Cultural Center is home to the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome and a Healy and Millet stained glass dome. The nation’s first free municipal cultural center is one of the city’s most popular attractions and is considered one of the most comprehensive arts showcases in the United States. Still it was quite empty the two times I was there and on top of it – there is free WiFi.
If you ever make it to Chicago – stop there as well!

For details check out the Wikipedia page or the official City of Chicago site.

Chicago Downtown
View from the Grand Staircase into Preston Bradley Hall with the Tiffany dome.

Chicago Downtown

Old Public Library - Chicago Cultural Center
So many details – everywhere

Old Public Library - Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall with the Tiffany dome

Old Public Library - Chicago Cultural Center
The Tiffany dome with the windows towards the lake in the back.

Old Public Library - Chicago Cultural Center

Old Public Library - Chicago Cultural Center

Old Public Library - Chicago Cultural Center

Old Public Library - Chicago Cultural Center

Old Public Library - Chicago Cultural Center

Old Public Library - Chicago Cultural Center

Chicago Downtown
The Crown Fountain is only a few steps away from the cultural centre.

Chicago Downtown
It was designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa and opened in 2004

Chicago Downtown
Iconic view down Michigan Avenue.

Chicago Downtown
Only 4:30 in the afternoon but the feeling is more like 8 or 9 in the evening. Time to go back to Oak Park. Downtown Chicago the Subway goes in a loop and is elevated. That way no problems for the rest of the traffic and the Subway does not get stuck in traffic. A bit like in the old Meatpacking District in Manhattan, New York. In fact the green line that comes in from Oak Park is on level up all the time. So they only have to build car tunnels from time to time. Freight trains do run parallel for quite a while towards downtown.

Chicago Downtown

Short Trip to Chicago

2014-12-29 at 04:40

A few days before my winter vacation I had to ship some parts for a friend to Chicago. The last few times I was there in summer. Now it was winter and that did not make it as pleasant as usually. Still lucky the 1st day I was walking downtown – blue sky and some sun.
I had friends from Australia staying at my place and my farewell party the night before the flight. So there where only a few hours of sleep. Herb shipped the Australians to the train station and then we where off to the airport.
Blue sky and sun – great day to fly!

Stuttgart Airport
Stuttgart Airport

Zürich Airport
Somewhere up in the sky

Zürich Airport
Zürich Airport

Chicago Downtown
Hello again!

Chicago Downtown
Old and new and not so new

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

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Chicago Downtown

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Chicago Downtown
They build a second ice skating ring. Quite long and in the middle of it a few climbing constructions. I like how the park gets bigger.

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Chicago Downtown

Back to good old Stuttgart

2011-08-25 at 16:35

Chicago 2011

Have my flight in the afternoon. Maria will bring me to the Blue Line – that saves me a long ride on the train down town. As i did book the flight less than 12 hours before take off i now have to stop one time in New York – to bad. The last few times i had a nice non stop to Frankfurt.
Looks like Irene will not spoil the trip – than again – as long as Delta is nice and gives me a hotel – i would not mind to visit my friends there!

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