First we drove to the train station, which is only about 4 miles from our home. I knew it was going to be a good day when I saw what the train conductor punched on our tickets.
|See the smiley face?|
|Water taxi near Navy Pier|
|source: Shoreline Siteseeing website|
Here are some of the highlights:
Two views of the famous Trump Towers:
|If you squint your eyes and look w-a-y up to the tip of the building, |
you will see a brown toupee sitting nicely atop the structure! KIDDING!!
The building is 96-stories high, or 1,170 feet tall. Throw in the tall spire on top, and it is 1,389 feet tall. Inside the building is retail space, a parking garage, a 339-room 5 star hotel, restaurant (also 5 stars), and condominiums. It is the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Just an added note; according to our tour guide - if a building has a spire on top, that spire is added to the total height of the building because it is considered a decoration and part of the building. But if there are antennas on top, they can NOT be counted in as part of the height of the building.
The white concrete building on the left is the Merchandise Mart.
Merchandise Mart was the largest building IN THE WORLD in 1930 at 5 acres and 4,000,000 square feet! It was constructed by Marshall Field and Company. The building was sold in 1945 to Joseph P. Kennedy, father of the future President John F. Kennedy.
The triangle building on the left is the Swissotel, the building in the center is the Aqua - the tallest skyscraper in Chicago designed by a female architect. It is a residential building.
The Wrigley Building.
The construction began in 1920 as headquarters for the Wrigley Chewing Gum, by William Wrigley Jr. It consists of two buildings with connecting walkways on the ground level, third and fourteenth floors. The South Tower stands 425 feet, has 30 stories, and a large clock on all four sides. The North Tower has 21 stories. Two interesting facts about this building: 1) It was the first air conditioned office building in Chicago, and 2) if you walk through the center doors, you will end up in a secluded park that overlooks the Chicago River.
Across the street from the Wrigley Building you will find the Tribune Tower
Construction on this neo-Gothic building began in 1923 and took two years to complete. The Tribune ran a contest for it's design, with first place prize being $50,000. That's a lot of dough - at least back in the 1920's!
Next up - Marina City
Or fondly called "The Corn Cobs" by Chicagoans. Some interesting facts: This is the first building in the United States to be constructed with tower cranes.
|image of tower crane (Wikipedia)|
(I relied heavily on Wikipedia for my information and some was from memory of what the tour guide told us!)
TO BE CONTINUED.....