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Fearless window-worker 500 feet above Michigan Avenue

Fearing no heights, window worker makes repairs on the John Hancock Building
500 feet above Michigan Avenue, a window worker makes repairs on the John Hancock Building

It’s one thing to replace storm windows in Wicker Park or windshields in the  West Loop, but a window-worker at 500 feet faces a few additional challenges. It’s not quite a solitary job, window workers partner up. These guys aren’t bothered by phones, water cooler chatting or what’s for lunch. A mistake at 500 feet (or 1,127 feet, the height of Hancock) can be unforgiving. The advice given by a cop, be safe and buckle up is the mantra of the window crew. And that’s what they do, strap up. This job took place on the 44th floor on the East side of the John Hancock. The problem? The window sealant rotted resulting in water leakage. The Hancock turned 50 this year. More than 85 percent of the windows in the Hancock are originals, a testament to the architectural engineering of Chicago’s best.

In case anyone is interested in a high flying Chicago job. 

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Nine foot lady on stilts walks the Mag Mile


I found a young lady who was more than 8 feet tall. That's because she was wearing stilts.
Lady on stilts floats along Michigan Avenue.

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.

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Love in Chicago on Chicago Avenue

A young couple shares their wedding day with the public.
Mr. and Mrs. Tim on their wedding night.
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.
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Man on the street

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?

Interesting people go hand in hand with Chicago. Lovely guy.
I don’t know how to describe him other than say he was love/free in a hippy way with a far greater sense of fashion.



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Chicago, too big for its britches?

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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Aon Center, Architect Edward Durell Stone unsung hero in Architecture

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”.[10] (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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Trump International Hotel and Tower

Trump Tower Chicago Dominates views on the Chicago River.
Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, topped out in 2009 and stands at 98 stories. At one point, the real estate developer planned to build the tallest building in the United States or perhaps the world at this site, but when terrorists took down the World Trade Towers in New York City, Trump decided he didn’t want his building to become a target. The Trump International Hotel and Tower shares something important with Chicago’s most iconic buildings, the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center. All three buildings and developers used the world famous Chicago firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merill. To the chagrin of many, Trump International Hotel and Tower passed up the Hancock Building in terms of Height. However, that needs to be explained. When comparing rooftop to rooftop, the Hancock is significantly taller than the Trump building. However, the spire on the Trump, because it has no satellite dishes and other electronic equipment gets to be measured in the over the height of the building. It should also be pointed out that when comparing rooftop to rooftop, the Sears Tower towers over One World Trade in New York City but because the One World has a clean spire, it’s considered the taller of the two buildings never mind that when comparing rooftop to rooftop the Willis/Sears is ten stories taller. Chicago officials and architects never fought the measurement in of One World in New York because of its symbolic importance, but there’s a little nonsecret that swirls through architecture offices, One World most certainly is not taller nor was it harder or gutsier to build than the Sears. Here’s to humility and the Second City. Trump is not a widely loved figure in Chicago, but he developed a world-class skyscraper. Keeping only the building in mind, it’s impressive and an important part of Chicago skyline.


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