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Chicago: A Grant Park Skyline Walk.

When in the big city, I’m always looking for that next skyline shot. Chicago is no exception. One my favorite places to go for a walk and capture the Windy City is from Grant Park. On my most recent walk through the park I hopped off Michigan Avenue onto E. Balboa Avenue. The skyline was already in plain site as I walked over the train tracks coming and going from Chicago Union Station.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

Can you see the Sears, I mean Willis, Tower peeking out from behind?! 🙂

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

After crossing the bridge I turned and headed north on S. Columbus Drive.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

I started playing peekaboo with Willis Tower, as it was coming in-and-out of view along with the rest of the skyline from behind the trees.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

Nothing like seeing a baseball field in summer right in the heart of a city.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

The taller trees soon became shorter opening things up. There you are Chicago. It was a cold winter and Spring in the Midwestern United States, but everything is green, in full bloom and beautiful now.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline

Love and marriage, love and marriage. Go together like a horse and carriage. Walking further along S. Columbus Drive. you’ll come up to Buckingham Fountain on your right (at E. Congress Parkway) which many will recognize from the title sequence of the television series Married with Children. The fountain marks the center of Grant Park and is one of the largest you’ll find anywhere, providing wide open panoramic skyline views.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline, Buckingham Fountain

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline, Buckingham Fountain

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline, Buckingham Fountain

It’s time to lay down on the brick walkway, relax and soak in all the tall buildings.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline, Buckingham Fountain

I went back to the peekaboo continuing north past Butler Field until I reached E. Monroe Street and Millennium Park. It was a short, but nice summer day stroll through Grant Park checking out the high-rises of Chi-town.

Grant Park, Chicago, skyline, Buckingham Fountain

Checkout my previous post, Chicago: The Agora Sculptures of Grant Park, for more Chicago skyline walking fun within Grant Park. You’ll see some pretty cool and interesting sculptures too.

What city parks have you walked in in your travels or around home that provide great skyline views?

Chicago: An Architectural Riverboat Tour.

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.

Chicago River - River boat tour - Wendella Boat Tours

It was a cloudy day with off-and-on rain as we hung out along Michigan Avenue waiting to hit up the Chicago River.

Chicago River - River boat tour - Wendella Boat Tours

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.

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline - building architecture

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline - building architecture

The Windy City Tweetup gang chilling on the lower deck. Some are looking at photographs taken. Others are mingling. Great times.

Chicago River - River boat tour - Windy City gang chilling

We took advantage of Chicago’s own Goose Island Honkers Ale being available on-board. Out on the open water!

Chicago River - River boat tour - Windy City gang chilling

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.

Chicago River - River boat tour - historic buildings - architecture

We passed under bridge after bridge. The Clark Street Bridge in one form or another has gone over the river since 1853.

Chicago River - River boat tour - bridges

I’ve taken a liking to capturing the American flag. One resided on the back of the riverboat.

Chicago River - River boat tour - American flag

Chicago River - River boat tour - American flag

Some more skyline photos out on the open water. The vantage points to get Chicago skyline shots seems to be endless. 🙂

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline

Passed by and saw lots of other tour riverboats.

Chicago River - River boat tour - skyline

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?

Chicago: The Travel Bloggers #WindyCityTweetup.

More fun times in Chicago this weekend, this time for the #WindyCityTweetup. The #WindyCityTweetup was a weekend long event of travel bloggers, some local some not, getting together to meet in-person, get to know one another, share lot’s of fun and laughs and explore Chicago. We’ve all talked and established a friendship via social media channels like Twitter and then through e-mail planning the weekend fun.

I drove in just for the day Saturday. Being travel bloggers and social media addicts, we took to the streets, exploring, tweeting, talking about the things we saw and captured lot’s of photos.

Windy City Tweetup - Chicago

The rest of the Windy City travel group:

Raúl from Ilivetotravel
Leah from Leah Travels
Lauren from where in the world is lola?
Ted from Traveling Ted TV
Francesca from The Working Mom’s Travels
Pola from Jetting Around

Windy City Tweetup - Chicago

Some highlights (some of which will become posts of their own this week, stay tuned!):

  • Grabbed coffee at sci-fi themed Wormhole Coffee in the Wicker Park neighborhood.
  • Waited in line with 100’s of other people in off-and-on light rain all morning for Doughnut Valut donuts.
  • Checked out Sofitel Chicago where the other out-of-towners were staying.
  • Walked The Magnificent Mile, desperately missing the recently departed Marilyn Monroe statue haha.
  • Went on a Chicago architecture riverboat tour. Beer, great conversations and great views of the city.
  • Group shot at “The Bean” in Millennium Park below. Also watched how others interacted with the sculpture, some of which made you say huh?
  • Drinks, conversation and people watching at Palmer House Hilton. There must have been a prom, a wedding reception and several other formal gatherings all going on around us at the same time. Definitely a place to be. A relaxing atmosphere to hang out in.
  • Hit up Exchequer Restaurant & Pub for some Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.

Windy City Tweetup - Tbe Bean (Cloud Gate) - Chicago

The aforementioned rain continued off-and-on throughout the day, but if anything that made the day that much more memorable.

I wish the fun day didn’t have to end, but I had a long, late night drive home. Thanks Chicago! I said good-bye to everyone after we grabbed a cab back to home base, Sofitel Chicago. It was great trip meeting some great fellow travel bloggers in-person, people now whom I can call even more so now, friends.