Walking in Chicago

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
Under the bridge on River Walk
Under the bridge on River Walk
Bridges are a work of art
Bridges are a work of art
At the lake looking back from Navy Pier
At the lake looking back from Navy Pier
Lake Shore Drive and the lake
Lake Shore Drive and the lake
City by the lake
City by the lake
Buildings – a form of art
Merchandise Mart watcher
Merchandise Mart watcher
Merchandise Mart
Merchandise Mart
Old Water Tower survived the great Chicago Fire in 1871
Old Water Tower survived the great Chicago Fire in 1871
Chicago Avenue Pumping Station in shadow of John Hancock Center
Chicago Avenue Pumping Station in shadow of John Hancock Center
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

Site of the Eastland Maritime accident
Site of the Eastland Maritime accident
Eastland Memorial Marker
Eastland Memorial Marker
Clark River Bridge where Eastland rolled over trapping hundreds
Bridges close to where Eastland rolled over trapping hundreds
Chicago Theater

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.

Old and New in Chicago
Old and New in Chicago

The distinctive Chicago Theater marquee is often considered an unofficial emblem of the city.

2 thoughts on “Walking in Chicago

    1. Oh I am so glad you liked it. It was a tough work week but I got around with my camera. I even saw a pair of crows by the water tower but wasn’t quick enough to get a meaningful photo. R

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