Located on the bank of Mississippi River, Gateway of Arch is world’s tallest acrh. This picture has been taken on our trip to St Louis.
Home to WGN radio and a lot many fragments from famous architectural marvels around the world, Tribune Tower is on the edge of eminent Magnificent Mile of Chicago.
Initial structure was taken by great Chicago fire in 1871 and then with inspiring Neo-Gothic design by Hood and Howell the current face of Tower finally concluded in 1925.
This tower houses today Chicago Tribune and CNN office along-with WGN radio.
The exterior of the building is embraced with 149 fragments from historical sites around the world. Some were requested and some were collected by McCormick(owner of Chicago Tribune), while others were came up as gift and political affairs. Latest one is a part of steel from World Trade Center.
Here are few captures out of the bunch, we brought along with us.
Apart from the above fragments, Yellowstone National Park, Cave of the Nativity where Christ was born-Bethlehem, Temple Forbidden City, Pearl Harbor-Hawaii, Princeton University-New Jersey, Sydney Opera House-Australia, White House-Washington DC, The Colosseum-Rome, Great Wall of China, The Great Pyramid, Berlin Wall and many more are glorifying Tribune Tower prominently.
Meanwhile, taking the pictures we got overwhelmed by spotting….
Among those notable fragments, a marble slab from Taj Mahal is an honorable mention.
We firmly believe Tribune Tower is one of its kind and an idealistic place for architectural lovers.
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Just a few weeks after landing in Chicago, we made our maiden visit to Navy Pier. This 3300 foot long Pier on shoreline of Lake Michigan left us fascinated. A place which attracts all walks of life equally, with uncountable reasons. After our first visit we had a lot many reasons to get back here, to quench our quest and explore it fully. Here are the things, which make Navy Pier so special:
Historical Significance–Looking at today’s Pier, it really feels surprising how it has evolved from being just a Commercial Pier, to a Naval Training center, then a College Classroom and finally as we see it today a place for entertainment and public gathering.
Infrastructure–Navy Pier currently has sections starting from a Park at entrance followed by Children Museum, IMAX theater(Chicago’s largest movie screen), shops and Ball room. In middle there are rides, Miniature Golf Course on upper floor, restaurants at lower level and festival hall at the end.
Rides– Pier Park has most popular rides as Ferris wheel (under renovation to increase its height from 150 to 196 feet), Musical Carousel, Light Tower Ride & Wave Swinger.
Ferris Wheel– Visiting Navy Pier and not opting for Ferris Wheel, one should not dare to do that. It should be on your bucket list while visiting Chicago. Take a 7 minute ride on Ferris for panoramic view of Chicago Skyscrapers & Lake Michigan, in the midst of winds just for $6.
Water Tours & Cruise– Another way to catch the sight of Windy City, opt for Water Taxi from Navy Pier to Shedd Aquarium and Union Station or Architectural Tour to get acquainted with the City of Chicago.
Go for any of the following:
Live Music – After rides, shopping & strolling around the pier, be entertained by the live bands (absolutely free) at Landshark Beer Garden along the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Grab a beer,have a good time dancing with people around you or gazing blue water with the breeze at lake shore.
Fireworks– Right through the Memorial Day to Labor Day, Navy Pier gets dazzled around every Wednesday and Saturday with fireworks. But the charismatic view comes across on 4th of July and New Year Holiday when the fireworks dance on music tunes. All looks stunning from Pier but the view from boat is out of this world.
- Plan your visit to Chicago around 4th July, New Year’s Eve to get spellbound by festive fireworks, free of cost.
- Get boarded to Shoreline water taxi(Green Route) which cost around $8 to Shedd Aquarium for most striking view of Chicago Skyline.
- Full day parking costs $21 on weekdays and $25 over weekend including Friday
- On a budget try to eat at Food Court,if not there are many famous restaurants.
- Make a visit in summer for the pleasant weather.
P.S- The pictures in the post are our own except the fireworks one.
Travel far enough, you meet yourself..
Travel is life changing affair..True !!! Our trip to Leh-Ladakh changed our perspective towards travel forever. It was in month of July 2012 ,we headed towards Himalayas and rediscovered the true beauty of nature in its diverse form.
We spent 9 days in Ladakh exploring Buddhist culture & heritage, experiencing varied landscapes, passing by high altitudes & eating thupkas and momos.
Here are things to do in Leh-Ladakh:
Shaw Garden popularly known as Missouri Botanical Garden is an ideal place to get tranquilized by amazing flora collection and some great sculptures..
It’s almost two weeks of our St Louis trip and we are still in awe of city, especially the Cathedral Basilica of St Louis. If you missed our post on St Louis then read it here St Louis: What Shouldn’t Be Missed !!
The church with the largest mosaic collection,spread over 83,000 sq feet is the finest example of architectural excellence. Most striking feature is the use of glass in 7000 different colors instead of paint. The interior started in 1912 and it took 76 years to bring it to the brilliance we see today.
The Umbraculum(umbrella) & Tintinnabulum(bell) in church symbolize that its basilica, while Cathedra, the chair of bishop signifies church as Cathedral.
The red dome or central dome at the height of 143 feet is truly a masterpiece. Firstly I was astonished by the fact that windows on dome are 30 feet tall, while angels are 25 feet. Actually, they are !!
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It’s our first winter in Chicago and trust me its harsh, as temperature started dropping to freezing cold we decided to make an escape towards St.Louis. It was on our radar from quite a long time & currently a hot spot compared to Chicago, we planned for a road-trip.
As usual early in the morning when the temperature was giving us a bone-freeze at -12 degree C, we move towards our destination.
We planned to take I-55 South, a straight highway which leads into St. Louis, covering 280 miles on our way.
We will be back soon with more from this trip ..
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