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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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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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63rd Street Beach House, City of Chicago

Chicago has the finest department of parks in the nation in my opinion and as I travel throughout the city, I find gems that are truly remarkable. Such is the case with the 63rd Street Beach House. I had no idea it existed until I walked into it. This South Side beach has great views of downtown Chicago and a nearby marina with 500 boat slips.

This, from the city of Chicago:

The 63rd Street Beach House is an elegant Classical Revival style pavilion. South Park Commission in-house architects produced plans for the impressive building. Completed in 1919, the elegant exposed-aggregate concrete building takes full benefit of Lake Michigan with its open balconies and loggias (open-air galleries on the ground level) allowing for lovely lake views and comfortable breezes.

Historically, the building provided bathrooms and showers, medical rooms and separate courtyards for men and women with hundreds of wooden changing booths.

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Fall is here

Chicago won’t see 75 degrees again until next June. Look for antidepressants to start spiking.

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CTA Quiz

Do CT busses or the “El” system carry more riders? The answer is busses, 850,000 daily compared to 750,000 daily for the “El”
Here, the Green and Pink line stop at Morgan Street.

el stop at morgan street
el stop at morgan street

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It's what the windy city drinks

Lake Michigan, it’s what the Windy City sips. One of four city water cribs from which Chicago draws its drinking supply. It’s approximately four miles from shore. crib

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