Friday, March 28, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
25 W. Randolph. Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theater. The Oriental Theater first opened in 1926 to much heraldry. Inspired by the architecture of India, patrons were led by turbaned ushers through the ornate lobby and onto the auditorium's hasheesh-dream decor. It fell into disrepair during the general economic decline of the 1970s and had to be closed in 1981, reopening in 1998 after a two-year restoration project.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
By Alexander Calder (1898-1976). Unveiled 1974 as part of Chicago's permanent outdoor art gallery and a contrast against the dark steel, stone and glass of the Mies Van Der Rohe designed Kluzcynski Federal, the US Post Office and Dirksen Federal on Dearborn Street.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The Sears Tower. 233 South Wacker Drive. Here is the big daddy of all big daddies. So big it has its own zip code. So tall you can see as many as four states from the Skydeck on a clear day. So high sensitive people experience motion sickness from the building's sway. Hail to the chief!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Daylight Saving Time (DST) began today which means a bunch of groggy people woke up an hour earlier than usual while the rest of us (okay maybe just me) got lazy and stayed in bed. The photo is from the group exhibit "Soft Life" at the Hyde Park Art Center which runs until March 30.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
209 South Lasalle Street. Built 1885-1888. The Rookery is another Chicago Landmark building, so called because the structure prior to this building, a temporary City Hall and water tank after the fire of 1871, was a favorite roost for pigeons. Frank Llyod Wright remodeled the lobby in 1905. This gorgeous photo of the staircase courtesy of Bob Horsch Gallery. See more classic Chicago photography, featuring over 300 professional Chicago photos in color and black and white at their website. (Thank you, Bob and Jeff!)
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Fire engines have come a long way since their horse-drawn precursors. This vintage Chicago Fire Department truck is on display at the Museum of Science and Industry. The horizontal pole on the top is what firefighters held on to as they ran alongside the engine. These were the engines that helped fight the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
This is part of a fast fading, once beautiful (and very large) mural span entitled "The Spirit of Hyde Park" that is under the viaduct on 57th street. It was designed by Astrid Fuller and put up by the Chicago Mural Group in 1973. Now have a look at other murals from all over the world and enjoy!