Chicago Architecture and landmarks

THe windy city

Skyscrapers as far as the eye can see is the norm for the city of Chicago. It boasts some of the tallest buildings in the world. This was taken along the Chicago river while strolling on the river walk. A scenic way to see the architecture of Chicago which blends the old with the new.


We arrive! Originally built in 1881, it was remodeled in 1925 to its current state. The train station is the fourth largest in the United States and in is the only intercity rail in Chicago. Arriving underground, you make your way up to the Grand Hall where you are routed to up to street level. 120,000 passengers travel through each day.

Chicago Tribune Building

The outside of the Chicago Tribune is impressive, but once in the lobby you can really see the grandeur of the architecture, use pf rich wood tones hand cut stones. The Chicago Tribune was founded in 1847, and formerly self-styled as the "World's Greatest Newspaper" (for which WGN radio and television are named), it remains the most-read daily newspaper of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Great Lakes region and is currently the eighth-largest newspaper in the United States by circulation.

The Sears Tower

Also called the Willis Tower, built and still commonly referred to as Sears Tower, is a 108-story, 1,451-foot skyscraper. At completion in 1973, it surpassed the World Trade Center towers in New York to become the tallest building in the world, a title it held for nearly 25 years. The Sears Tower is the second-tallest building in the United States and the 14th-tallest in the world.

The Magnificent mile

The Magnificent Mile is an upscale section of Chicago's Michigan Avenue. The Magnificent Mile serves as the main thoroughfare between Chicago's Loop business district and its Gold Coast. Currently Chicago's largest shopping district, various mid-range and high-end shops line this section of the street; approximately 3,100,000 square feet are occupied by retail, restaurants, museums and hotels. John Hancock Center and the Trump International Hotel and Tower, lie in the district. Landmarks along the Magnificent Mile include Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower

Cathedral of St. John the Divine Presbyterian Church

Michigan Avenue is more commonly know and the magnificent mile with a great many of the most famous buildings along this stretch. Once of the beaten path, you can find hidden gems like cathedrals which are some of the oldest building in Chicago. Very ornate and adorned with gold, they are absolutely breathtaking and a joy to photograph. The combined congregation dedicated a new church building on Sunday, October 8, 1871. The church building is the oldest structure on Michigan Avenue, with the exception of the Chicago Water Tower, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Standing like a medieval castle among the modern of today, the tower was built in 1869, the tower was constructed to house a large water pump, intended to draw water from Lake Michigan. It is the second-oldest water tower in the United States, after the Louisville Water Tower in Louisville, Kentucky.


Holy Name Cathedral was built in the Gothic revival architectural style while at the same time integrating motifs symbolic of the message of the modern Church. The church building is 233 feet long, 126 feet, wide and can seat 2,000 people. The ceiling is 150 feet high and has a spire that reaches 210 feet into the sky.

Holy Name cathedral pipe organ

The cathedral contains two pipe organs. This is directly over the entrance to the church in the west end. It was constructed in the Netherlands and shipped piece by piece to the United States where it was reassembled.

Cloud gate

Cloud Gate is a public sculpture Millennium Park. The sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It measures 33 by 66 by 42 feet, and weighs 110 tons.


The Field Museum of Natural History, also known as The Field Museum, is a natural history museum in Chicago, and is one of the largest such museums in the world. It is on the United States national registry of historic places.

Buckingham fountain

The fountain is considered Chicago's front door, since it resides in Grant Park, the city's front yard near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway. The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan, with four sea horses symbolizing the four states—Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana—that border the lake. It was a very overcast day that looked threatening, but the only water we felt was from the blowing fountain.

Chicago skyline

Taken from our river cruise, the skyline lit up in all its glory at night is a spectacular site that is visible no where else in the world. This panorama captures the skyline from the mouth of the Chicago river right before it flows into Lake Michigan. It truly is a city that never sleeps.

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