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Chicago: the city of architecture (II)

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Chicago, again, that great American city that many know but others not so much. It is famous for many things, but after having arrived in this incredible city that I keep in my memory and in my heart and having contemplated the impressive views, about which I tell you more in Chicago: memories, views and skylines (I) I realize that its main feature is architecture.

In all big cities we find towering skyscrapers and innumerable buildings, we look up and around and that's it. Most actually resemble giant constructions of concrete, metal beams and glass, in different shapes.

But those who enjoy architecture and design will see in Chicago that there is something more, the perfect city to study architecture, and enjoy delving not only into the streets but also into its history. Because a recent city (after the great fire of 1871) that draws attention for the history not of the city itself but of each of the buildings that make it up. Later, perhaps in another article, I will develop this more, because a simple walk through Chicago becomes a huge lesson in architecture.

What stands out the most is that the composition of the different elements make up heterogeneous groups, of different height, color, material and shape. Among themselves they compete for the attention of interested pedestrians, and on E. Randolph Street there is a set of clear tones, in which the Aon Center wins (one of the highest in the city, and from which you can see the entire esplanade and beyond, we will also see it), but the others next to him also have their own personality. Which one would you choose?

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Because the most avant-garde design, with straight lines, angles and edges, is mixed with the old classic design of the 20th century with more decorations, even with golden tips from the glamorous era of Al Capone, a famous character who surely walked these same avenues. A mix of old and new style, all trends seem to be welcome.

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And regarding designs, depending on the perspectives, the Hancock tower, another mythical point to go to, overshadows or perhaps not, other types of buildings that survived that disaster such as the Watertower, in the very center of the city. most important avenue the Magnificent Mile. Even the names have their charm. As well as suddenly finding a charming Protestant cute church in the middle of everything.

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We sneak through the streets attentive to the play of light and shadow, and the glimmering of facades that shine against a ray of sunlight. The photos, for example, of the Trump Tower (yes it belongs to Donald Trump) are different, the facade changes as the light changes and the reflection is always unique, or dim under a cloudy day.

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Always maintaining the balance between modern glass buildings and stone buildings from many more decades ago that preserved the essence of what the city was once.

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Sometimes different towers appear on the skyline that seem to compete for which is the highest, in fact this competition has always existed. In which the clear winning building is the Willis Tower, which can be seen from quite a distance further inland, but is followed by the Hancock Tower with the best views of Lake Michigan due to its proximity, the Trump Tower who with its antenna surpassed the Aon Center which came in fourth position for this reason. Because the set of antennas is also important. A few meters high that take you to the sky and to the podium of the Chicago towers. An honor.

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And we do not forget the other buildings because there are more, others always appear, iconic and unique, such as these two complexes that we call "the ears of corn", houses with garages in the lower part, and further down the river docks for their yachts, all in the same place in the open, showing off in front of the river and seeing the tourist boats that look at those original twin towers incessantly.

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But we also find others that are less spectacular but functional characteristic that give the city that urban and industrial air, even green too, or that of the nineties movies that is mixed again among all styles.

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Everything is art, architecture, design and style. Any street that we discover and want to discover, even a dark area, an alley, and those typical exterior fire escapes, through which to flee if they persecute you.

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In reality it is these large constructions that mark out the river or that appear in front of the lake that follow us with every step we take. Because in America there is a lot to see and enjoy, there is also history and culture, and as I have said, Chicago becomes a paradise for those who want to know the details of each of the buildings in the city, each built for a reason in a moment, with a design that gives each one their own personality, to be admired, to compete with each other and to create this environment that makes us fall in love.

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Fall in love with Chicago, you'll see more...

Chicago, Illinois, US - Part II

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November 19, 2022

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Wow. These are some spectacular photos. It's really a concrete jungle as they say. Thanks for sharing.

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1 month ago

Thanks! Yeah but not just a jungle, it's all organized somehow... with sense and curious history of each building. And the lake so close is something very pleasant.

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1 month ago

Wow these skyscrapers are amazing. I like the one with plants on its exterior the most ❤️

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2 months ago

Thanks! Yeah each one is special, all are different and that's make this city beautiful. These ones are very cool because they have also an open garage for cars and for boats!!!

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2 months ago

Moee of skyscrapers rather than greeneries. Kudos to the Architectural skills. You really need to appreciate this.

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2 months ago

Yes many, but with the big lake all look better and nicer, and there are parks and tulips around in May. I will show more, but the downtown is known due to the architecture and great buildings. Thanks!!

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2 months ago

Wow, I was so surprised to see that church, I love it. With you I have traveled to Chicago and I have known a little more of the world. it is nice to see how the old buildings meet the new ones and make the perfect place to live.

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2 months ago

Thanks really! I love this city because although it's quite modern something from the old style remains... a charming atmosphere and I just wanted to share it. I appreciate your words.

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2 months ago

Did you see the place where Swami Vivekananda delivered his shortest and the first lecture in the west, i.e., at the world parliament of religions held in Chicago in 1893? https://chicagovedanta.org/vivekananda/chicago-places.html

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2 months ago

Ohhh so interesting, I didn't know that but I have read the text you linked and it seems that discurse took place in the Art Institute, I was there, my favorite museum, and maybe mentioned in future posts! Thanks! I keep the info!

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2 months ago

It's a different world for me, where everything is better organized and easier than in countries like mine. I know many people who have moved there and are very satisfied. Beautiful photos. The buildings are fascinating.

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2 months ago

wow, the buildings there are very luxurious. Do you live in chicago city

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2 months ago

My God, so beautiful and architectural buildings indeed. The Trump Tower is so beautiful and adorable, it doesn't mean rest are not, but I adore it.

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2 months ago

Oh gosh! So hard to choose a favorite. These towering structures are impressive! I like the church a lot for I prefer structures like that. They have much more details. These modern buildings seem to differ only in height.

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2 months ago

Very interesting city where there are tall buildings of both of years past and of modern architecture. It's unique that it has vast bodies of water near it though it's so far inland. Only a few cities in the United States not located near the ocean have that claim. It's amazing from it's beginning how quickly it grew in population.

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2 months ago

Thanks very much for sharing, they have a very nice building...a great city

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2 months ago

Those structures are so fine with the spectacular designs. Chicago is truly blessed

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2 months ago

Yes it's a great city for different reasons but just watching around we can see how spectacular and special it is. I loved it!

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2 months ago

The structures and buildings are not the normal building, they really have a great architect for doing such diferent styles

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2 months ago

Yes they are very emblematic and somehow respected people there are proud of their buildings.

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2 months ago

All the buildings in your photos are totally amazing my friend, it's awesome! 😲 Everytime I saw a tallest buildings I always wow! 😲

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2 months ago

Yes each one is special, all have some story to tell us, in the end we have neck pain watching up!

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2 months ago

Hehe yes my friend. We always amazed those buildings.

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