Chicago Blog Posts
The lady on stilts was one of those cases when I didn’t have time to stop and talk. To this day I have no idea what she was doing, what she was selling or who she was impressing other than me. So there you have it, the lady on stilts. May the peace of the city be on her wherever she might be.Leave a Comment
Love in Chicago on Chicago Avenue? Now that's something work looking into. I've never used this photo before, but the more I look at it, the more I've come to like it. I ran into these two on their actual wedding day. They were intoxicated with love and so proud of their marriage. There are so many beautiful things to discover on the street because that's where life takes place in Chicago. Here's looking at you Mr. and Mrs. Johnson. I hope things are every bit as good today as they were the evening you were married.Leave a Comment
What can we ever really know about a man on the street? Quite a bit actually if you stop and ask him/her some questions. People will talk to you in Chicago, but start by having your camera holstered for a day or two. What do you see in this guy’s eyes you could be sure of? How about that hair?
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Chicago is big for sure. It’s the third largest city in the U.S. And it probably could use a lesson in humility every once in a while. In September I had the opportunity to ride across the country with a friend. It was the second time for me, the first was in 1983. Just as I was back in 1983, the sheer size of the United States blew me away. The land is so vast, so rural, so filled with history. Of course, Chicago is the finest city in the United States. I love its size, it’s buildings, its food and its people. However, for as big as Chicago feels, it’s humbling to know this. Chicago occupies 238 square miles of land. The United States depending on how it’s measured is about 16.2 million square miles. The United States land holdings provide enough room for 3.8 million Chicagos. Two takeaways here, America is mind-boggling in size. Second, Chicago has room to grow.
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The John Hancock turned 50 this year and it remains as relevant as ever. It is Chicago’s most iconic building. For visitors to the city, I would recommend the one-hour tour of the John Hancock led by a member of the Chicago Architectural Center. Another great resource is Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.Leave a Comment
Edward Durell Stone (March 9, 1902 – August 6, 1978) was a twentieth century American architect. An early proponent of modern architecture in the United States, he designed buildings throughout the world. Stone’s notable works include Radio City Music Hall and the Museum of Modern Art, both in New York City, the United States Embassy in New Delhi, India, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Standard Oil Building was constructed as the new headquarters of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana, which had previously been housed at South Michigan Avenue and East 9th Street. When it was completed in 1973, it was the tallest building in Chicago and the fourth-tallest in the world, earning it the nickname “Big Stan”. (A year later, the Sears Tower took the title as Chicago’s and world’s tallest.) The building employs a tubular steel-framed structural system with V-shaped perimeter columns to resist earthquakes, reduce sway, minimize column bending, and maximize column-free space. This construction method was also used for the former World Trade Center towers in New York City.
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