Saturday, December 8, 2007

Citicorp Center



This is Northwestern Atrium Center /Citicorp Center ...
completed in 1987 ...
designed by the architectural firm Murphy/Jahn ...

This 42 story, 588-foot tall glass-&-steel structure ...

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The first two floors house a major commuter railroad station serving the north and west suburbs.
- The north and south fa├žades resemble a waterfall with cascading curves of blue glass. The architect used similar forms on the interior of the Chicago Board of Trade Addition.
- The main entrance on Madison is a recessed telescoping archway, a device used by early Chicago architect Louis Sullivan in the Transportation Pavilion at the 1893 World's Fair.
- This is the tallest all-glass building in Chicago.

One South Wacker Drive



One South Wacker Drive ...
Completed in 1982 ...
designed by Helmut Jahn ..
Bordering streets : South Wacker Drive and West Madison Street ...


This massive mountain of glass-&-steel has all glass curtain walls in three colors ... black, silver & pink ... But on a clear day like this it always has a bluish-tinge ...

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James R Thompson Center



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It was completed in 1985 ..
Architect is Helmut Jahn ..

James R Thompson Center [named after a four-term Illinois governor].

The building houses state government offices, a post office, a rapid transit station. ... and . It is an example of post-modern architecture ... with sloping glass wall from one corner of the block to another. It looks like a spaceship has landed on the roads ... a big, shiny, cheerful spaceship.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Museum Campus






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Chicago's "Museum Campus" was opened in June 1998 ... It was created by the $110 million reconfiguration of Lake Shore Drive ... The Campus is Chicago Park District land that connects three Chicago cultural institutions ...
- The Shedd Aquarium,
- Field Museum,
- Adler Planetarium ...

The new Soldier Field was opened to the public in September 2003 ... This 'Stadium in a Park’ ... is another feature of the Museum Campus.

The Field Museum







Shedd Aquarium









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Adler Planetarium









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Sunday, September 9, 2007

CME - Chicago Mercantile Exchange






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Shots taken in Sep, 2007.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. (CME) is the largest futures exchange in the United States and the second largest exchange in the world for the trading of futures and options on futures.

Futures and options provide a way to protect against — and profit from — price changes in financial instruments and physical commodities. CME has four major product areas: interest rates, stock indexes, foreign exchange and commodities. CME is vital to the infrastructure of global finance. The products — futures and options on futures — help commercial enterprises worldwide manage price risks related to the uncertainties of supply and demand.

In March 2004, CME opened its new, state-of-the-art Visitors Center and Gift Shop on the lobby level to highlight the exchange's position in the world's marketplace. Here, the exchange's history, artifacts and trading foundation blend in with interactive kiosks and videos to help viewers understand the origins of the futures industry and how it influences the world's economy. The Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday and is free to the public.

James R Thompson Center













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Shots taken in Jan, 2007.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Three tallest buildings as seen from Field Museum



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The three tallest buildings can be seen from the Field Museum. images of these three tallest buildings are given below ...

Three tallest buildings




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The three tallest buildings can be seen from the Field Museum ...
The photos of these three tallest buildings of Chicago are given below.

Sears Tower






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John Hancock Center






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Friday, June 1, 2007

Commemorative monuments and memorials

# Abraham Lincoln Monument - Augustus Saint-Gaudens..
# Abraham Lincoln Statue - Augustus Saint-Gaudens..
# Alexander Hamilton Memorial - Eliel Saarinen..
# Benito Juarez sculpture - Julian Martinez..
# Benjamin Franklin Monument - Richard Henry Park
# Carl von Linne Monument - Carl Johan Dyfverman..
# Christopher Columbus Monument - Carl Brioschi..
# Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain - Edward Bennett..
# Eugene Field Memorial - Edward Francis McCartan..
# Sir George Solti - Elisabeth Frink ..
# Irv Kupcinet Memorial - Preston Jackson ..
# Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Monument..
# General John Logan Memorial - August Saint-Gaudens..
# John Peter Altgeld Momument - Gutzon Borglum..
# Johann Wolfgang von Gothe Monument - Herman Hahn..
# Karel Havlicek Memorial - Joseph Strachovsky ...
# LaSalle Monument - Count Jacques de La Laing
# Nathan Hale Monument - Bela Lyon Pratt ..
# Nicolaus Copernicus Monument - Bertel Thorvaldsen..
# Shakespeare Monument - William Ordway Partridge..
# Thaddeus Kosciuzsko Memorial - Kasimir Chodsinski..
# Theodore Thomas Memorial - Albin Polasek..
# Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Memorial - Albin Polasek..
# Ulysses S. Grant Memorial - Louis Rebisso..

Events
# Haymarket Memorial - Mary Brogger ..
# Heald Square Monument - Lorado Taft ..
# Victory Monument - Leonard Crunelle..
# Site of Fort Dearborn
# Site of the Sauganash Hotel/Wigwam
# Site of origin of the Great Chicago Fire of October 8-10, 1871
# Site of Heymarket Tragedy of May 4, 1886
# Site of the First Self-Sustaining Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction of December 2, 1942