Chicago River with tall buildings on each side.
The tall building on the left with the spire on it is Trump Tower. It is Chicago's newest skyscraper. We thought Trump would want to make it bigger than the Sears Tower but it is the 2nd tallest building in the US. We then thought, maybe, Trump was a little sentimental about big buildings and wanted to let the Sears Tower keep the title. After doing a little research, I found out Trump did want it to be the tallest but after 9/11 he decided to scale back.
I'm standing at the bottom of the Sears Tower looking straight up. You can see what looks like windows sticking out from the top. That is "the ledge". It's all glass and you can walk out over the ground. It's just 1353 feet or 103 floors up.
It would take just over 346 of me to be as tall as the Sears Tower.
or about 289 Jarreds.
This is looking out over Lake Michigan from the top. The piece that sticks out the water is where the Adler Planetarium is. The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium and Solider Field are also all in this area.
The black building with 2 spires at the top is the John Hancock Tower, with Lake Michigan in the background.
I zoomed in really close to get Wrigley Field.
Sitting out over the Ledge. If it's too windy, they pull the windows back in.
Jarred looking straight down.
Jarred on the Ledge.
We found Route 66. I have no idea where we were when we found it.
The Field Museum
Sue, the biggest, most complete T Rex in the world.
The old water tower. One of the few buildings to survive the fire of 1871.
Looking over downtown from the top of the John Hancock Tower. The purple (supposed to be pink) spire is the Trump Tower. The 2 pink spires are the Sears Tower. They had a lot of buildings lit up pink for breast cancer awareness.
Looking north from the John Hancock Tower.
The Chicago Tribune building.
The tribune building had stones from other famous buildings from around the world. The Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China and, of course, the Alamo.
Friday morning we took an architectural river boat cruise and learned all about the different buildings and types of architecture. This is Trump Tower. If you look closely, you can see some window washers.
We all had to look up to see all the buildings. Our necks were sore when it was over.
This is the Merchandise Mart. It is 2 city blocks long and used to have its own zip code.
We went back to the top of John Hancock Tower in the day. This is Navy Pier.
"The Bean". It's actually called "Cloudgate" but it looks like a bean. This was in Millennium Park. The park was full of sculptures, fountains and a place that has concerts. It was pretty impressive.
The Bean was a fun place to play with the camera.