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 fragmentsfrom 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 Wallandmany moreare 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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In the midst of the city, Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor is most fabulous attraction of Chicago. We have been here many times, but still the beauty of this bean attracts you every time in a new way. While standing at Cloud Gate it feels fascinating witnessing the great skyline of Chicago.
Officially Cloud Gate, better known as The Bean due to its shape, was opened for public in 2006. Covered with stainless steel this seamless surface has got its inspiration from liquid mercury, providing distorted reflections and great elliptical skyline. A 100 tons sculpture expanding to 33 by 66 by 42 Feet, is truly a masterpiece by well renowned artist Anish Kapoor.
Best Time to visit:
Its spectacular in summers and splendid in winters, so anytime year around is great, day or night it gives a spellbound view.
Timings: 6 AM to 11 PM.
Do not forget your camera & try getting some funny poses around “The Bean”.
Make a visit around sunset or sunrise.
Be an early-bird to click only “The Bean” with no people around.
In this festive season, one of the most popular events that takes place in Chicago is Lights festival at Lincoln Park Zoo. It is organised every year from the day after Thanksgiving till the New Year. A couple of days ago we visited this place to get involved in the eve of Christmas. As it was our first visit and experience, so we were as excited as kids.
The spectacular musical light show was highlight of the whole festival. A must see and most recommended if you are visiting Chicago.
Best Time to visit– On weekdays, as weekends are over crowded.
Entry Fee– FREE !!
Timings– 4:30-9:00 p.m
Apart from the lights you can go for Ice Skating and if not then go for Hot Chocolate or Popcorn enjoying the great view of Chicago Skyline..