Chicago Photographs For Sale In Prints, Greeting Cards and PostersBreathtaking architecture, great urban life, restaurants, nightlife, theater, arts, walkable streets, ample shopping, and a vibrant downtown -
Chicago is one of the best cities in the U.S.
Chicago - A Sophisticated Finance Hub
Left - The ABN AMRO Plaza Technology Center: The appearance of this sharp angular highrise bank's office building seems to change constantly when you walk around it.
Right - The Citigroup Center (Citicorp Center / Northwestern Atrium): This 42 story, 588-foot skyscraper is the tallest all-glass building in Chicago. It's intended to look like a waterfall to help link it to the nearby Chicago River.
Buckingham Fountain Chicago
Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain in Chicago's Grant Park is one of the largest fountains in the world.
Every hour on the hour for 20 minutes the fountain produces a major water display, and the center jet shoots 150 feet into the air. At dusk the show is accompanied by lights and music.
The Fountain's water capacity is 1.5 million gallons. Major displays use approximately 14,100 gallons of water per minute conveyed through 134 jets.
Carbide and Carbon and Wrigley Building - Two Chicago Classics
Left middle: The Carbide & Carbon Building, 40 floors, 503 ft, completed in 1929, was built in Art Deco style. Today it is the Hard Rock Hotel. This it is not your typical Chicago skyscraper! It stands out as a one-of-a-kind landmark on the Michigan Avenue skyline.
Left back: The biggest, brightest jewel in Chicago's architectural crown belongs not to some glass and steel skyscraper, but to an historic office building with wedding cake flair and a clock tower. The Wrigley Building, completed in 1921, with its gleaming white facade, is an icon of the city.
Chicago - Chase Tower
Built from 1964 to 1969, the 850 feet, 60 floors high, JPMorgan Chase Tower is the most prominent architectural feature of Chicago's central Loop.
The building's most noticeable aspects are the graceful downward slopes of its flanks. They make the tower seem taller than it is, and add geometric interest to what would otherwise be a fairly bland rectangle.
Looking up to the building's top gives the illusion that it is possible to run up the skyscraper.
Chicago Harbor Lighthouse
Lights have marked the entrance to Chicago Harbor and the Chicago River as early as 1832.
The Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, also called the Chicago Breakwater Light, was first lit in 1893 and originally sat at the mouth of the Chicago River. The lighthouse now sits on the breakwater in the Harbor of Lake Michigan.
The lighthouse still is actively used by the Coast Guard to direct boat traffic in Lake Michigan.
Chicago Loop 'L'
The Chicago Elevated Railway, known as "The L", is a rapid transit system similar to the subway in New York or the Underground in London.
Steam-powered cable cars circulated downtown Chicago and gave the Loop its name before the elevated tracks that circle the area and "L" trains came on the scene. The first EL train ran in 1892, and the car was actually a steam locomotive pulling four wooden coaches
. Now "The L", a mixture of elevated, overground and underground tracks, serves commuters at 144 stations, making it the second largest rapid transit network in the U.S after New York's subway.
Chicago Theatre - A classic Chicago landmark
The Chicago Theatre at State Street in Chicago, IL, famous for its iconic, six story-high "C-H-I-C-A-G-O" sign and its 29-rank Wurlitzer theater pipe organ, opened its doors on October 26th, 1921 and was quickly dubbed the "Wonder Theatre of the World."
The 3600 seat auditorium is a beautiful theater with really ornate designs on the ceiling, ornate columns, a grand staircase and beautiful stained glass windows.
Wrigley Building Chicago Illinois
Chicago's iconic Wrigley Building, built in the early 1920s and known for its soaring clock tower, sparkling white terra-cotta cladding, well-proportioned architecture and nighttime lighting, has been home to the famous Wrigley's chewing gum company for nearly a hundred years.
This is Chicago's jewel, like a resplendent white diamond that appears as a vision when it's first in your sights. It takes your breath away.
Chicago - Harold Washington Library
The Harold Washington Library, named after late Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago's first African American mayor, and once the largest public library in the world, is the jewel in the crown of the Chicago Public Library system, not only in terms of size/scale, but also in terms of breathtaking architecture, exhibits/installations to peruse, author appearances, and special events - the list just goes on.
To the surprise of no one who's seen it, Chicago's Harold Washington Library is the third on the list of The Most Beautiful Libraries In America ... the perfect place to take a break from the rushed life to relax with a good book.
Chicago - One South Wacker + Hyatt Center
Left: One South Wacker (SunGard), 550 ft, 40 floors, recalls the spirit of a gothic cathedral. With its all-glass curtain wall in three colors: black, silver and pink, it is one of Chicago's most unusual skyscrapers.
Right: Hyatt Center, 679 ft, 48 floors. It's silvery skin reflects an incredible amount of sunlight. Even from afar the building dazzles. Its sleek stainless-steel-and-glass walls suggest a very tall ship cruising gracefully through space.
Through the haze Chicago shines
How can you be in "Skyscraper central" and not go up to the Grandaddy of them all?
From the 103 floor of Chicago's Willis Tower (also Sears Tower), accessible via a super fast elevator, you get a 360 degrees breathtaking panoramic view of the entire surrounding area 1353 feet below you.
Chicago is laid out before you, and you see and can feel the rich layers of history that define this city.
Chicago Willoughby Tower and 6 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago's Historic Michigan Boulevard District, the end of historic U.S. Route 66, includes numerous significant buildings on Michigan Avenue facing Grant Park. This district is one of the world's most well known one-sided streets rivalling Fifth Avenue in New York City and Edinburgh's Princes Street.
Tallest building: Willoughby Tower, 8 S. Michigan Avenue - 438 ft, 38 stories - neo-gothic
Second tallest building: 6 N. Michigan Avenue - From 1889 to 1922 this distinctive 21-story structure, was the tallest building in the world.