Jonathan Worthington :: jnthn.net

Chicago

In November 2006 a Hackathon was organized just outside of the Chicago suburbs. The chance to hack and see a city that I'd heard good things of, when put with cheap flight prices and a subsidised hotel rate, proved too much to resists, so off I went. Conclusion: Chicago rocks, but in November it's cold and cloudy. Anyway, here's the pictures.

Creative Commons License
These photos are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

Wandering Around Downtown

Just wandering around the streets of Chicago you feel there's something in the air there. While it is perhaps the skyscraper capital of the world, many of them are designed tastefully. They rub shoulders with the handful of buildings spared in the Great Fire, including the water tower. Walking along the shores of Lake Michigan provides a nice escape from the often-crowded streets of the city.

The Java Coffee Shop - nice coffee and cheese cake inside!
The Java Coffee Shop - nice coffee and cheese cake inside!
Looking down a street downtown
Looking down a street downtown
One of many curious sculptures
One of many curious sculptures
Looking towards buildings on Michigan Avenue
Looking towards buildings on Michigan Avenue
The green and the grey
The green and the grey
Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
Boat in the port
Boat in the port
Reflections in the water
Reflections in the water
Possibly phallic sculpture
Possibly phallic sculpture
Navy pier
Navy pier
Bridge over the Chicago river
Bridge over the Chicago river
Buildings along the river
Buildings along the river
On a bridge
On a bridge
Weird painting on a building
Weird painting on a building
Old-looking church building
Old-looking church building
The water tower
The water tower
Water tower through the trees
Water tower through the trees
Not totally sure what this building is
Not totally sure what this building is
Skyscrapers disappear into the cloud
Skyscrapers disappear into the cloud
Skyscraper with an odd roof
Skyscraper with an odd roof
Stadium in Millenium Park
Stadium in Millenium Park
Big reflective donought reflects the ice rink
Big reflective donought reflects the ice rink
Outside the Museum of Contemporary Art
Outside the Museum of Contemporary Art
The stairs of the Museum of Contemporary Art
The stairs of the Museum of Contemporary Art
The water tower again
The water tower again
Mary Poppins scene at department store Macy's...
Mary Poppins scene at department store Macy's...
...another one - just check out that flying underwear!
...another one - just check out that flying underwear!

Navy Pier

Navy Pier is an area that I imagine is a hit with the tourists in the summer, but on the cool November day I was there it was deserted. Sadly, the big ferris wheel was also closed for seasonal maintainence. However, there was one ride that looked worth having a go on running - well, they ran it when I showed up anyway! Being the only one on a fairground ride was pretty funny.

The ferris wheel - that wasn't running
The ferris wheel - that wasn't running
Looking back towards the city
Looking back towards the city
A ride that they turned on just to let me ride!
A ride that they turned on just to let me ride!

The Chicago Institute Of Art

This is probably the best art gallery I've ever been to (of course, liking art is subjective, so that really means the one that I have enjoyed most). Certainly worth checking out. They have a "photos allowed without flash" policy, so I was able to capture a few of my favourite items to share here.

Outside the building (the one to the right)
Outside the building (the one to the right)
Old Asian pots
Old Asian pots
Weird sculpture
Weird sculpture
Dude with lots of arms and heads
Dude with lots of arms and heads
Budda
Budda
Unidentifiable woman (due to missing bits)
Unidentifiable woman (due to missing bits)
Scary woman thing
Scary woman thing
Biggest clothes peg *ever*
Biggest clothes peg *ever*
Part of the the Language exhibition.
Part of the the Language exhibition.
The idea was that words were painted in different colors.
The idea was that words were painted in different colors.
These ones are faint because they are rude.
These ones are faint because they are rude.
Curious, huh?
Curious, huh?
This is actually a photo of a flat painting
This is actually a photo of a flat painting
Curious image
Curious image
Mountains and sky
Mountains and sky
Paiting of a young woman
Paiting of a young woman
The red tower
The red tower

Chicago By Night

...is a wonderful sight. And hard to capture with my camera.

Partly occupied skyscaper
Partly occupied skyscaper
Firey!
Firey!
More skyscrapers
More skyscrapers
Remember the building with the odd shaped roof earlier?
Remember the building with the odd shaped roof earlier?
Another one of the lit-up sky
Another one of the lit-up sky
The huge donut thing in Millenium park
The huge donut thing in Millenium park
The stadium
The stadium
A clock tower and the river
A clock tower and the river
A theater
A theater
Looking over the river
Looking over the river

The Sears Tower

Once considered the tallest building in the world (and still considered that by some definitions of tallest building), the Sears Tower is real big. It takes a minute for the express elevator to reach the top, where you have a view potentially into four US states. Unfortunately, the view was greatly restricted by cloud when I was there, but it was still pretty impressive.

Looking up from the outside
Looking up from the outside
Looking towards the lake
Looking towards the lake
Looking south
Looking south
Looking east
Looking east
Looking north-ish
Looking north-ish
Me in the tower
Me in the tower
Looking down on skyscrapers - an odd feeling
Looking down on skyscrapers - an odd feeling
Looking north
Looking north
The river and a smoking building
The river and a smoking building
South again
South again
A myriad of tall buildings
A myriad of tall buildings
The red building kinda stands out
The red building kinda stands out
A long way down
A long way down

The Hancock Observatory

Not as tall as the Sear's Tower but still one of the tallest buildings in the world, the John Hancock center also has an observatory near the top floor. Sadly, the weather was once again cloudy, so the view was a bit suboptimal.

A better perspective
A better perspective
Looking straight up
Looking straight up
Navy pier and the water treatment facility
Navy pier and the water treatment facility
It's a long way down
It's a long way down
Looking south
Looking south
The tall building is the Sears Tower.
The tall building is the Sears Tower.
Looking north along the shores of Lake Michigan
Looking north along the shores of Lake Michigan
Looking to the west
Looking to the west
The water treatment facility up close
The water treatment facility up close
A nearby pretty tall building
A nearby pretty tall building
Classy
Classy
The same shot, un-sepia'd
The same shot, un-sepia'd

All content Copyright (C) Jonathan Worthington 2003-2006 unless otherwise stated.