Walking home from the “bean”

washington+blvd Walking home from the beanI love scenes like this, classic Chicago. This is the view looking west from Millennium Park, when we leave the park we walk directly west on this street to get to our place.

spire Walking home from the bean

I think it is so interesting when you see these Gothic style church spires poking up in the middle of all the skyscrapers. Glimpses of the past amongst modern architecture.

underconstruction Walking home from the beanAs we walked along we came across this other very old Gothic style building under going reconstruction. It is split vertically in half with the external structure removed exposing the internal skeleton of the building.

picasso Walking home from the beanWalking past the Thompson Center we see one of many modern sculptures that grace the streets of downtown Chicago.

As we leave the downtown loop area and cross the Chicago river we get a great view of the massive Merchandise Mart, this is where the design trade has wholesale and retail spaces. When this building opened in 1930, it was the largest building in the world with 4,000,000 square feet of floor space. It is truly massive!

merchandise+mart Walking home from the bean

5 Responses to “Walking home from the “bean””

  1. Carol Sloan says:

    I love walking around cities looking at the buildings. You should see Charleston’s churches and homes…the gardens and court yards are simply awesome. Love your pics, thanks!

  2. Chicago is such a wonderful city. Thanks for the reminder. You’re really lucky to be able to go to the Art Institute whenever you have the notion.
    Susan in Seattle

  3. Lavon says:

    Great Pictures! I have never been to chicago. Thanks for sharing

  4. KarenF says:

    *sigh*
    I love Chicago…it is my favorite city. I’ve walked all 4,000,000 sq ft of the Mart during Neocon…by day 2 I was wearing sneakers (not very “designer-ish” but I covered a lot of ground in comfort!)

    Thanks for the pictures! You are fortunate to be so close to it all!

  5. Congratulations on your ribbon at PIQF! It was well deserved.

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