This last week I had a business trip to Chicago. After dinner I had free time to wander the downtown streets and photograph amazing architecture and sights.
The best of my photos fall into several categories
- Bridges, River & Lake
- Buildings – a form of art
- Eastland Maritime disaster
- Chicago Theater
Bridges, River & Lake
Buildings – a form of art
Eastland Maritime disaster
Here in Seattle I read about the 100th anniversary of the SS Eastland accident. It touched home in that it happened not more than a block from our Chicago offices. Of course when I was there this last week I had to walk the few blocks there and give my respects.
The SS Eastland was a passenger ship based in Chicago and used for tours. On July 24, 1915 the ship rolled over while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew were killed in what was to become the largest loss of life from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes.
Following the disaster, the Eastland was salvaged and sold to the United States Navy. After restorations and modifications the Eastland was designated as a gunboat and renamed the USS Wilmette. She was used primarily as a training vessel on the Great Lakes, and was scrapped following World War II.
Thank you Wiki for this information
On my first night in the city I was looking out the window of the place I was dinning and saw this lovely theater sign. After I finished eating I wandered down to this site.
The distinctive Chicago Theater marquee is often considered an unofficial emblem of the city.