Last Friday, I took a trip downtown to visit the Art Institute Museum of Chicago with a friend and before we met I decided to tour a few streets near Michigan Avenue. I took along my camera and planned on taking pictures of the buildings and other unique aspects of this large city. It was fun playing tourist in a city that I frequently pass through to go to school. This city is beautiful in its own right; it’s not the picturesque beauty of mountains and trees. Instead its beauty persists within its architecture and opportunity. Here are my digital observations of downtown Chicago:
After doing a little research behind this sign I discovered that Chicago has a underground pedestrian walkway system that connects around 50 buildings in the downtown business district. This was an exciting discovery for me. Click here to read more on the pedway system!
Michigan avenue is one of the more well known streets of downtown Chicago. It is a shopper’s delight but it is also home to Millennium park and the Art Institute Museum of Chicago.
I found this clock on a building at the corner of Wacker drive and Wabash Avenue. I know it is hard to see but surrounding the face of this clock is a circle of red lights. This just adds to my bewilderment over the clock, with the bearded angel-like character holding a scythe and hour glass.
I had to take a picture of this sculpture! Its a rendition of one my favorite regionalist painter’s works, American Gothic. Grant Wood was an Iowan just like me!
Hopefully drivers would not need the sign to tell them that they could not travel on this road. This is actually one of the road bridges that cross the Chicago River. I find it fascinating to see the the bridges open and the road pointing towards the heavens.
I just wanted to capture some of the people traveling on the sidewalks of Michigan avenue and the detailed relief work on one of the bridge’s pillars.
This life preserver I found in a glass case on the Michigan avenue bridge. I like how the picture captures not only the preserver but the reflection of the buildings, cars and people on the sidewalk.
I really enjoyed the patterning in the architecture of this building. I also enjoy seeing the size of the building relative to the people on the sidewalk below.
Since I did my post on Paul Harvey and learned that there was a street in Chicago named after him I had an urge to find this street and take a picture. The other street, the Magnificent Mile, is another name used for North Michigan avenue.
What a perfect day to wash a window! It seems like everyone is doing some spring cleaning. I could not imagine sitting on a board, way up there washing windows.
This was a bit of satiric moment. I was a “native” tourist taking pictures of a tourist on a segway. There are so many ways to tour Chicago, boat, train, foot, bus, car or segway.
This is one of two green lions marking the entrance to the art institute museum. This is the end of my picture exploration. Hope you enjoyed!