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Chicago - Day 3
25 March 2016
Day 3 was a busy one. After a walk around Millennium Park and Grant Park and a walk around the city, we headed to the Wrigley building to board one of the famous Chicago architecture boat tours. The architecture in and around the Loop is incredible. It's hard to know what to snap a photo of first. Then it was lunch at Lou Malnati's (another idea from listening Eric & Kathy) to try another deep dish pizza. After a long wait we rode up to the observation deck at the Sears Tower to get a another view of the city. As the sun was setting we headed up the Magnificent Mile to the other popular observation deck at the John Hancock Center. We got to see the Windy City from above at twilight and after dark. Wow, what a view. Then we stayed near the Mag Mile and had another incredible dinner at another famous Chicago name's restaurant. This time it was at Mike Ditka's. Chicago is most certainly a food city!

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3-002 Billy Goat Tavern 3-003 The Bean 3-004 Pritzker Pavilion
The Billy Goat Tavern was seen on SNL before my time (the 70's)
It blends in with the surroundings, but there's The Bean
Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
3-005 Millenium Park Sign 3-006 The Bean 3-007 The Bean
Entering Millennium Park
The Bean (aka Cloud Gate) at Millennium Park
The Bean (aka Cloud Gate) at Millennium Park
3-009 The Bean 3-011 Michael Reflection in The Bean 3-012 Mom & Michael Reflection in The Bean
Under The Bean (aka Cloud Gate) looking up
A deformed self portrait in The Bean
My mother's my reflection in The Bean
3-013 The Bean 3-014 Skyline 3-015 Prudential Plaza
The Bean (aka Cloud Gate) at Millennium Park
The skyline along Michigan Avenue from Millennium Park
Prudential Plaza
3-016 Pritzker Pavillion 3-017 Skyline 3-018 Prudential Plaza & Aon Building
The Great Lawn at Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park
Checking out the skyline from the BP Pedestrian Bridge designed by Frank Gehry
Prudential Plaza & the Aon Building
3-019 BP Pedestrian Bridge 3-021 Lake Michigan 3-023 Lake Michigan
The BP Pedestrian Bridge was designed by Frank Gehry
Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
3-024 Shedd Aquarium 3-025 Field Museum 3-026 Adler Planetarium
Shedd Aquarium
The Field Museum
Adler Planetarium
3-027 Skyline 3-028 Abegweit 3-032 Skyline
The skyline from the lakefront
Abegweit is a training vessel
Another view of the skyline from Maggie Daley Park
3-035 Buckingham Fountain 3-038 Buckingham Fountain 3-039 Buckingham Fountain
Buckingham Fountain has not yet been turned on for the season
Buckingham Fountain seahorses waiting to be turned on for the season
Buckingham Fountain has not yet been turned on for the season
3-044 Congress Parkway 3-045 Flowers 3-046 Exhaust Pipe Sculpture
Looking up Congress Parkway
Giant flowers!
Hmm, apparently exhaust pipes are art.
3-047 Flower 3-048 Mom & Flower 3-050 Skyline
This flower looks gigantic on its own, but… see the next photo.
This flower looks even bigger when you put my mother next to it for scale!
Looking north from the Congress Parkway bridge over the Metra rails
3-053 Congress Hotel 3-054 Window Washers 3-055 Roosevelt University Building
The Congress Plaza Hotel has been open since 1893
These window washers on the Roosevelt University Building are way more brave than I am.
These window washers on the Roosevelt University Building are way more brave than I am.
3-057 Harold Washington Library 3-058 Harold Washington Library 3-059 Red Line Station
Harold Washington Library
Harold Washington Library
Down in the Red Line at the Harrison station
3-060 Red Line Signs 3-061 Red Line Train 3-062 Nathaniel Hale Statue at Tribune Tower
Down in the Red Line at the Harrison station
Here comes our ride, the Red Line
Nathaniel Hale statue at Tribune Tower
3-063 Tribune Tower 3-064 Tribune Tower Entrance 3-066 NBC Building
Close up at the Tribune Tower
To say the entrance to the Tribune Tower is ornate would be an understatement
The NBC Building
3-068 Carbide & Carbon Building 3-069 Chicago PD Car 3-070 Tribune Tower
The Carbide & Carbon Building was built to resemble a bottle of champagne
Anyone a fan of NBC's Chicago PD?
Tribune Tower's architecture is beautiful from every side
3-072 Wrigley Building 3-074 Flags 3-075 Wrigley Building Sign
The Wrigley Building, the building chewing gum built
US, Chicago & Illinois flags
The Wrigley Building, the building chewing gum built
3-076 Wrigley Building Entrance 3-077 Chicago River 3-078 Wrigley Building Entrance
Through the golden doors into the Wrigley Building
The Chicago River and the boat we'll be boarding in a minute for our architectural tour
Through the golden doors into the Wrigley Building
3-079 Intercontinental Hotel 3-080 Chicago Tribune Sign 3-081 Tribune Tower
The Intercontinental Hotel
Tribune Tower
Tribune Tower features some amazing architectural details
3-083 Flags 3-084 Wrigley Building 3-085 Wrigley Building
US and Chicago flags outside the Wrigley Building
The Wrigley Building is the former headquarters of the Wrigley Chewing Gum
The Wrigley Building is the former headquarters of the Wrigley Chewing Gum
3-086 Skyline 3-087 Chicago River 3-089 Wendella Boat Rides Sign
Waiting by the river for our architectural boat tour
Ready to head out on the Chicago River for our architectural boat tour
We chose the Wendella for our architectural boat tour. It was great.
3-090 London Guarantee Building 3-091 Wrigley Building Detail 3-093 London Guarantee Building & Mather Tower
The London Guarantee Building
No detail is spared on the Wrigley Building
London Guarantee Building & Mather Tower featuring the narrowest skyscraper in the city
3-094 Marina City 3-095 Marina City 3-096 Whirlpool Clock
Marina City
Parking at Marina City is not for the faint of heart
The Whirlpool clock
3-097 Merchandise Mart 3-098 Merchandise Mart Logo 3-100 Chicago Sun-Times Building
Merchandise Mart was once the largest building in the world
Merchandise Mart was once the largest building in the world
The Chicago Sun-Times Building is not quite as magnificent as Tribune Tower
3-101 Chicago Sun-Times Building 3-102 L Train 3-104 Montgomery Ward Building
The Chicago Sun-Times Building is not quite as magnificent as Tribune Tower
The iconic L trains serve as a reminder that this is Chicago
The Montgomery Ward Building has no corner offices because Mr. Ward wanted it that way
3-105 Montomery Ward Building Statue 3-106 Chicago Tribune Sign 3-107 Merchandise Mart
The Montomery Ward Building is topped off by a statue called The Spirit of Progress depicting the goddess Diana
The Chicago Tribune's printing plant
Merchandise Mart was once the largest building in the world
3-108 Trains Under Buildings 3-111 Old Post Office 3-114 New Post Office
Amtrak trains pass under the skyscrapers along the river
Chicago's old main post office is massive due to Chicago's past as the capital of mail order catalogs
Chicago's new main post office is much smaller and clearly more modern than its massive predecessor
3-115 Chicago River 3-118 Sears Tower & 311 South Wacker 3-121 300 South Wacker
The north branch of the Chicago River was quite calm
The Sears Tower & 311 South Wacker
300 South Wacker has the largest map in the city in case you don't know where you are
3-123 Sears Tower Ledges 3-124 Civic Opera Building 3-126 OneEleven Tower
We'll be out on those ledges on the Sears Tower later in our trip
Passing the Civic Opera Building on our architectural tour
OneEleven Tower sort of looks like it's made of Legos
3-127 Jeweler's Building 3-128 Wrigley Building 3-130 Wrigley Building
The Jeweler's Building
Passing the Wrigley Building where our tour started
Passing the Wrigley Building where our tour started
3-131 Fire Boat 3-135 Skyline 3-136 Ferris Wheel
Chicago Fire Department boat
Looking back on the skyline from near the Chicago Lock near Lake Michigan
They're almost done the new ferris wheel at Navy Pier
3-137 Navy Pier 3-138 Lake Point Tower 3-139 Trump Tower
Navy Pier
Lake Point Tower is the only building east of Lakeshore Drive thanks to a legal loophole
Trump Tower
3-140 Pizzeria Uno Sign 3-141 Pizzeria Due Sign 3-142 Pizzeria Uno
The original Pizzeria Uno
What comes after Pizeria Uno? Pizzeria Due, of course!
The original Pizzeria Uno
3-143 Lou Malnati's Sign 3-144 Lou Malnati's Sign 3-145 Lou Malnati's
After years of hearing about it on Eric & Kathy (morning radio show in Chicago on Mix 101.9), we had to try Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza.
After years of hearing about it on Eric & Kathy (morning radio show in Chicago on Mix 101.9), we had to try Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza.
After years of hearing about it on Eric & Kathy (morning radio show in Chicago on Mix 101.9), we had to try Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza.
3-146 Lou Malnati's Pizza Slice 3-147 Lou Malnati's Slice 3-148 Merchandise Mart Entrance
After years of hearing about it on Eric & Kathy (morning radio show in Chicago on Mix 101.9), we had to try Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza.
After years of hearing about it on Eric & Kathy (morning radio show in Chicago on Mix 101.9), we had to try Lou Malnati's deep dish pizza.
Merchandise Mart was once the largest building in the world
3-149 Willis Tower Sign 3-151 Route 66 Sign 3-152 311 South Wacker
The Sears Tower is now called the Willis Tower. I didn't actually hear anyone calling it that though.
This is the second vacation in a row where we ran across Route 66
311 South Wacker has a huge light on top that actually once impacted bird migration by posing as the moon
3-153 Sears Tower 3-154 Sear Tower Ledges 3-155 Lego Sears Tower
Waiting in line at the Sears Tower
Waiting in line to go get out on the ledges atop the Sears Tower for ourselves
Massive Lego model of the Sears Tower in the lobby of the real thing
3-156 View from Sears Tower 3-157 View from Sears Tower 3-161 Adler Planetarium
The view from the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower
Looking out over Lake Michigan from the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower
The Adler Planetarium as seen from the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower
3-162 Shed Aquarium 3-163 Carbide & Carbon Building 3-164 View from Sears Tower
The Shedd Aquarium viewed from the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower
Carbide & Carbon Building and its champagne bottle top as seen from the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower
Looking south from the Sears Tower
3-165 View from Sears Tower 3-166 View from Sears Tower 3-169 John Hancock Building
The Aon Building and Prudential Plaza as seen from the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower
A panoramic view looking north from the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower
The Hancock Center is where we're headed next for another sky high view of Chicago
3-170 Boeing Building Clock 3-171 Channel 7 Helicopter 3-172 Mom on Sears Tower Ledge
The Boeing Building
Channel 7's helicopter passes by the Sears Tower
My mother out on the glass ledge on the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower
3-173 View from Sears Tower Ledge 3-174 View from Sears Tower Ledge 3-175 Michael on Ledge
Looking down 103 stories below my feet on the ledge at the Sears Tower
Looking down 103 stories below my feet on the ledge at the Sears Tower
Out on the glass ledge on the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower
3-176 Abe Froman T-Shirt 3-177 John Hancock Building 3-178 View from John Hancock Building
We did not actually meet Abe Froman, the sausage king of Chicago.
Headed up our next skyscraper, the John Hancock Center
We got to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center just as darkness fell and the city lit up.
3-181 View from John Hancock Building 3-184 Navy Pier 3-186 View from John Hancock Building
We got to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center just as darkness fell and the city lit up.
Looking out over Navy Pier and Lake Michigan from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center
Looking north from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center
3-187 View from John Hancock Building 3-189 View from John Hancock Building 3-190 View from John Hancock Building
Looking down 94 stories to the beach below the John Hancock Center
Looking down on the Palmolive Building from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center
We got to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center just as darkness fell and the city lit up.
3-191 View from John Hancock Building 3-192 View from John Hancock Building 3-194 Intercontinental Hotel
The view of Chicago at night from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center is nothing short of spectacular.
The view of Chicago at night from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center is nothing short of spectacular.
The Intercontinental Hotel seen from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center
3-195 Sears Tower 3-196 Chicago Water Tower 3-197 Ditka's Sign
The Sears Tower and 311 Wacker's bright white light seen from the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center
The Chicago Water Tower was one of the few structures to survice the Great Fire in 1871
Dinner at Ditka's
3-198 Ditka's Sign 3-199 Mike Ditka Logo 3-200 Meatloaf
Dinner at Ditka's
Da Coach watches over us from the window as we enjoy a great meal at Ditka's
The delicious meatloaf at Ditka's sits atop jalapeno cornbread with mashed potatoes and onions on top.
3-201 Chicago Theatre 3-202 Chicago Theatre Sign 3-203 Chicago Theatre Marquee
The Chicago Theatre, yet another iconic landmark, is just a few doors away from our hotel
The Chicago Theatre, yet another iconic landmark, is just a few doors away from our hotel
The Chicago Theatre, yet another iconic landmark, is just a few doors away from our hotel

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