Back in February, I had to go to Chicago for work. I was expecting my trip to be windy and cold but luckily for me, as the time to head out there approached, the weather warmed up. This gave me an amazing opportunity to stroll around downtown Chicago for the afternoon before I needed to head off to all my meetings the next day. I posted a lot of this to my Insta-Snap Story that day but I figured I'd write a bit about it too. Trump International Hotel and TowerTrump International Hotel and Tower being ridiculously tall and shiny.
Chicago is home to so many iconic things. Almost anywhere I turned I found something I recognized or something just plain fascinating. One of the best known things about Chicago is Sears Tower (which was renamed Willis Tower in 2009). Not only is Willis Tower America's tallest building, it's just one of the several other buildings in Chicago that fall into America's "top 10 tallest buildings" list. I've never seen so many massive skyscrapers before. I found this plaque (pictured below) outside Trump Tower (pictured above). It teaches us some more about Chicago's tallest buildings.
Tallest Buildings In the World PlaqueThis is a plaque listing the tallest buildings in the world as of October of 2009 outside Trump International Hotel and Tower.
In addition to being home to some insanely tall sky scrapers, Chicago is the perfect "big American city" backdrop for movies like The Dark Knight, Home Alone and Divergent. I walked right by some Divergent filming locations and my wife was able to pick them out immediately from my snap story. I also walked by the studios for ABC News and ESPN radio. They're right at street level with a big glass walls so you can look right in and watch the hosts broadcasting.
I walked by another incredible building called Tribune Tower, which by the way, is also extremely tall. I didn't have the opportunity to get any shots of that building that would do it justice so y'all should google some photos of it when you get a chance. It looks like it could be Chicago's response to Hogwarts. When I walked up to it, I noticed it had some funny rocks stuck in it and when I got a closer look...
Tribune Tower In ChicagoThe Tribune Tower in Chicago has pieces of famous buildings and places embedded in it's lower walls.
That's right, that large rock sticking out of the bottom right? That's from the Pyramids at Gyza and the little rock half way up on the left? That's from the dome of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome. The head at the top middle is from the House of Parliament building in London and the two in light faced stone on the right are from Hindu Temples in Cambodia. How fascinating is that? This building has stones from all over the world built right into it.
One last fact and I'll wrap this up. All of the bridges in this photo below are functional drawbridges. There are 29 functioning moving bridges in Chicago and most of the are very old. Like 1913 old. It was startling to walk over them and notice the 2 inch gab between the two halves.
Chicago SkylineChicago Skyline at the South Fork of the Chicago River
If you every find yourself in Chicago, be sure to take a deeper look at the things around you. You might be surprised what you find. Oh and get a doughnut from Doughnut Vault. You will not be disappointed. And as always, go places and learn things!