The Chicago skyline as seen from Lake Michigan at sunset. Absolutely stunning! Was on the open water on a yacht. The gathering was sponsored by Akamai Technologies during the Internet Retailer Conference. I’m not just a traveler, I’m also an Internet, web design and social media geek.
That was my first taste of seeing the city and skyline from the lake and being at sunset just made it all that more remarkable. Captured part of the yacht for effect and also the flash off my camera makes it look like there is a UFO right over the city haha. 🙂
Have you ever been out on Lake Michigan in Chicago? What are your favorite cities to see from the water?
Posted in Chicago, Events, Lake Michigan, travel
Tagged Chicago, Illinois, IRCE, lake cruise, Lake Michigan, lakeside cruise, skyline, sunset, yacht
During the Windy City Tweetup we went on the 75-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour by Wendella Boat Tours. We got a great deal through a Groupon which included a free beverage. Thanks Francesca of The Working Mom’s Travels for the great idea.
It was a cloudy day with off-and-on rain as we hung out along Michigan Avenue waiting to hit up the Chicago River.
As soon as you got on the boat, the great views were right in front of you. Some of my first shots of the skyline and historic buildings. The building prominent in the first photo is the Crain Communications Building, also known as the London Guarantee or Stone Container Building. I love the curvature of the 1920’s built structure.
The Windy City Tweetup gang chilling on the lower deck. Some are looking at photographs taken. Others are mingling. Great times.
We took advantage of Chicago’s own Goose Island Honkers Ale being available on-board. Out on the open water!
As the boat proceeded down the river, the tour guide described the buildings we passed with some historical and architectural background information. This is the Civic Opera Building. It has an art deco interior and was built-in 1929. It’s the second-largest opera auditorium in North America. It’s amazing how Chicago has been built up since the Great Chicago Fire in the later 1800’s.
We passed under bridge after bridge. The Clark Street Bridge in one form or another has gone over the river since 1853.
I’ve taken a liking to capturing the American flag. One resided on the back of the riverboat.
Some more skyline photos out on the open water. The vantage points to get Chicago skyline shots seems to be endless. 🙂
Passed by and saw lots of other tour riverboats.
Great times on the Chicago River. The rain was actually a nice touch during the tour and the rest of the day in the city. Checkout Wendella Boat Tours for more information on the architecture and other tours they provide.
Have you ever been on a riverboat tour in Chicago? What riverboat tours in other cities would you recommend?
Posted in Chicago, Events, travel
Tagged architecture, Chicago, Chicago River, history, Illinois, riverboat, skyline, tour, Windy City
More Chicago fun this past weekend at the Windy City Tweetup, so that meant another opportunity at some deep-dish pizza. Off the beaten path and not as well-known as others, but the deep-dish pizza at Exchequer Restaurant & Pub was outstanding.
If your ever visiting “The Bean” and Millennium Park, checking out the eastern terminus of Route 66, are at the Chicago Institute of Art, all of which are nearby or are just looking for another great pizza, make the quick stroll over to Exchequer Restaurant & Pub. They were very excited to hear that travel bloggers were coming to their place. Checkout that cheese!
Posted in Chicago, day trip, dining, Events, Road Trip, travel
Tagged Chicago, deep dish pizza, dining, Exchequer, Illinois, pizza