Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Not The Best View Of Chicago

I spent most of my time in Chicago at McCormick Place, a giant convention center that takes up hundreds of acres alongside Lake Michigan just south of Chicago. At the end of my second day there, I walked to the far end of the complex to see what I could see, and got my first view of the Chicago skyline. It's not the greatest view in the world, and certainly not the money shot, but you get the idea. To the left is the Sears Tower, tallest building in this hemisphere. Towards the right is the John Hancock Building, second tallest building in Chicago. In between you can spot Soldier Field (which is obscuring the view of my hotel), The Art Institute Of Chicago, and of course, a marina that's empty for some reason in March. Sharp eyes will be able to pick out dozens of other landmarks, but I'll leave that as an exercise to the reader. (There's a really good panorama at the Chicago Wikipedia entry if you want to know what's what. Go check it out.)

1 comment:

Inkydog said...

Nice snaps, Ernie. I live about 20 minutes out of the city and don't get there often enough. The Art Institute alone is worth the trip.

In about a week, I have a overnight sleepover in the Museum of Science and Industry, the only building left from the Chicago World's Fair, aka the Columbian Exposition. Speaking of which, if you have never read The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson, do yourself a favor and pick it up. It is the true story of the Fair and a mass murderer who preyed upon visitors. Great read.