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Features > Chicago, IL (August 2007) > Training & Touring


I got to spend a week in Chicago attending training classes during the day and taking photos in the evenings. Below are some photos from my time there in August.


Here's the Frank Gehry Pritzker Pavilion - very angle-like
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Water pouring off the top of the Crown Fountain (much more fun in summer than winter...)
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Having fun in the fountain when the "face" projected from thousands of LEDs inside glass blocks spits out water from a spout near the top of each tower
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Buckingham Fountain, what a nice place
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Stretch limo against the lake
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Not so stretch bike taxi type thingy near the lake
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I don't know what these people are doing, but they were very regimented in their following of each other and mastering the use of the Segway Human Transporter
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Just a year or less ago there was a visitors center and ticket store but now it's a kids play center...lets hope something can work in this building!
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On my way back to the hotel, I ran into a protest demanding a state budget by workers mostly in the 3rd party protective services and other agencies that needed one to avoid layoffs for their staff - they wanted a budget! I do think they got one long before Wisconsin did...
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The Trump Tower Chicago - I didn't see Bill Rancic but I'm sure The Apprentice was somewhere nearby
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Marina City was built in 1964 at a cost of $36 Million financed to a large extent by the union of building janitors and elevator operators, who sought to reverse the pattern of "white flight" from the city's downtown area. Marina City was the first urban post-war high-rise residential complex in the United States and is widely credited with beginning the residential renaissance of American inner cities. The building converted from apartments to condos in 1977.
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Lots of tours along the river...
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The Sears Tower
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The Civic Opera House, built by Samuel Insull. It has been rumored that Insull designed the building in the shape of a throne upon which his daughter could figuratively sit as star of the opera. Having been rejected by the New York Metropolitan Opera, she could sit with her back facing eastward toward New York City. This opera house was the inspiration for the one featured in Orson Welles's film, Citizen Kane. In order for his aspiring opera singer wife to perform, Charles Foster Kane builds an opera house for her, but the quality of her singing reveals her ineptitude. In reality, Samual Insull built this opera house for his daughter, who was not hired by New York's Metropolitan Opera.
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A nice building along the river
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