Chicago Daily Photo

Friday, August 18, 2006

Big John's partner

Last week I featured a photo of the John Hancock Center. I mentioned that it bookended Chicago's skyline along with the Sears Tower. Well here's the Sears Tower. 110 storeys/1450 feet high - you can see 40-50 miles on a clear day...Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The Sears Tower held the record for the world's tallest building for 25 years until the Petronas Tower in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia built in 1998. In the fall of 2005 Taipei 101 took all but one title - tallest to the tips of the antennas - which the Sears Tower still owns.

Thursday, August 17, 2006


The rumor regarding the origin of the word posh is that it was formed from the initials of Port Out Starboard Home, referring to the preference of well-to-do passengers to book preferred accommodations on the shady side on ships making passage between England and India. Well the captain of this ship on the Chicago River clearly didn't know his port / left from his starboard / right.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Chicago's Swan Song

Lincoln Park, perhaps best known for it's free zoo which is open all year, began its existence as a cemetery. Named posthumously for President Lincoln, the surrounding upscale neighborhood also bears it's name. Lincoln Park stretches along the lakefront for miles (1208 acres) and contains, in addition to the zoo, an outdoor theatre, a rowing canal, a Nature Museum, ponds, playing fields, statues of Lincoln, General Grant and Hans Christian Anderson, and a restaurant. These swans "swim" in front of the restaurant and add another treat to what's on the menu.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Whatever floats your boat

I posted a similar photo earlier this summer but this past weekend, while I was computer-less, the boat people had an enormous party...I stopped counting at 100 boats. I've since learned the area where they congregate is called "the playpen." Aptly named. There's music and water toys and skimpy bikinis and big beer bellies and plenty of liquids - and not just from Lake Michigan.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Just back from the bar....

Last Friday evening I sat in front of my laptop with a bunch of new photos and a big steaming mug of cafe crème. This evening, Monday, I have just returned home from the Genius Bar at the Apple Store with my now dry and again functioning PowerBook. For those of you who have not yet spilled a frothy, scalding, milk laden cup of coffee all over your computer - don't. My eternal gratitude to the geniuses behind the bar at Apple. While the last few days of being "disconnected" have been tough - it did give me lots of free time to take new pictures!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Big John

Today's local papers report that The John Hancock Center is for sale. The building is one half of the bookends that showcase Chicago's skyline (the other being the Sears Tower). Finished in 1969, it's no longer the tallest building in the world (now #12) but "Big John" has 100 stories of mixed-use space (retail/business/residential) and is 1,127 feet tall. With condos on the upper 49 floors -they are still the highest residences in the world!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Pretty as a postcard

A bit of a mundane shot, aologies, but it was finally a nice day in Chicago and the city looked so glorious without the heat and humidity that I thought I would show her off. The John Hancock stands proud dominating the skyline. The building you see lining the lakefront are mostly residential. My home is on the far left - the building with the tower and the lapis triangle, a perfect match with the crisp blue sky. The building was the original Furniture Mart in town before the industry moved south to North Carolina. Now it, like the others, is a condo.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Time present and time past....

Standing proud next to skyscrapers and concrete roadways Niagara, one of more than a dozen Tall Ships to grace Chicago's Lake Michigan this past weekend, slowly greets Monday morning and prepares to depart the city. It was a magnificent sight to see the ships - schooners, brigs, sloops - parading off the city's skyline.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

On Wednesday and Saturday nights during the summer the sky above Chicago's Navy Pier sparkles and crackles with fireworks. Tonight I ventured close to the pier to take some photos. While not your classic shot of a colorful explosion, here's an image from tonight's show.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Flaming cheese....

As if it's not hot enough in Chicago - they're lighting the cheese on fire. There are over 50,000 Greeks living in the Chicago area and as a result - a very vibrant Greektown with an abundance of good restaurants. My favorite, Greek Isles, serves a good saganaki. Umpah!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

An urban waterpark

Despite being after 9:00pm, the heat is still oppressive. The city feels like a furnace on full blast. Hot, thick, slow. But the folks at the Juame Plensa fountains were having a ball...all wet, slick and silly. The two 50 foot towers showcase the faces of 1000 random Chicago citizens, who about 4 times an hour pucker up and squirt the crowd. While always a sight to behold, during the heat was it's also a delight to experience.