Chicago, Chicago, that toddling town!

I bet everyone of you know this song by Frank Sinatra! I love it, as much as I love Chicago. Well, I haven’t been there yet, but hopefully one day I will visit “that toddling town”. Until then, I will learn as much as I can about it! 😉
Do you remember my post about “Lake Point Tower“? It is one of my favorite skyscrapers in Chicago! (Photographs by Julie Rubesemi.rose and Lake Point Tower) Here are some facts about it:

  • Lake Point Tower is the only tall building in Chicago east of Lake Shore Drive!
  • Every window of every residential unit in the building has a view of Lake Michigan!
  • The building’s curves were calculated so residents cannot see into each other’s windows!

Click here to see the whole post about the building.
Lake Point Tower
Lake Point Tower
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lptfans/3992250475/

Marina city, designed by Bertrand Goldberg in 1959.

  •  The architect, Bertrand Goldberg was a student of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
  • The complex consists of two high rise corncob-shaped 65-story towers. Nobody seems to know the real name of the towers, everybody knows them as the ‘corn cobs’.
  • The complex was built as a city within a city, featuring numerous on-site facilities including a theatre, gym, swimming pool, ice rink, bowling alley, several stores and restaurants, and of course, a marina.
  • Marina City was the first urban post-war high-rise residential complex in the United States and is widely credited with beginning the residential renaissance of American inner cities. Its model of mixed residential and office uses and high-rise towers with a base of parking has become a primary model for urban development in the United States and throughout the world, and has been widely copied throughout many cities internationally.
  • The bottom 19 floors form an exposed spiral parking ramp operated by valet with 896 parking spaces per building.

(Photography: douglaswhaleytallydailyphoto and drx.typepad)

John Hancock Center, designed by S.O.M / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill /

  • Stories: 100
  • Construction completed: 1969
  • The Hancock elevators are billed as the fastest in America, climbing 95 stories in 40 seconds.
  • 47 floors of the Hancock Center are residential. It is like a city unto itself, and people do not have to leave the building. The people who live there have their own post office, supermarket, day care center, shops, full-sized swimming pool, library, gym, and other amenities.
  • The residential portion of the building is its own election district. People who live here can vote without going below the 44th floor.
  • Though not visible from the outside, many of the residences in this building have screened-in balconies known as “sky terraces.”
  • In 2010, this building was named #1 on Chicago Magazine’s list of the Top 40 Buildings in Chicago.
  • On a clear day it is possible to see Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan.


(Photography: Joe Ravi and Basil D Soufi via Wikipedia)

I hope that you will enjoy the videos!

Sources: Wikipedia and chicagoarchitecture

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16 responses

  1. Your posts are always chic. I always love them very sleek and unique.

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    25/06/2012 at 12:41 PMJun

    • Thank you so much!! I am glad you like them!!

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      25/06/2012 at 12:41 PMJun

  2. Nadia, when l immigrated to the USA ,l lived 8 years in Chicago.Beautiful architect all over the city.,specially down town Chicago.Thank you for bringing back memories. Bless you. Jalal Michael

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    25/06/2012 at 12:41 PMJun

    • Wow, great! Lucky you!! 😉

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      25/06/2012 at 12:41 PMJun

  3. I’m back in Chicago for the summer, it’s such a magical city

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    26/06/2012 at 12:41 AMJun

    • Great! Have fun! 😉

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      26/06/2012 at 12:41 AMJun

  4. Great post and a great city, loved the shots of the city, very chic and elegant.

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    26/06/2012 at 12:41 AMJun

    • Thank you!!

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      26/06/2012 at 12:41 AMJun

  5. I’ve always wanted to visit Chicago!! 🙂

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    27/06/2012 at 12:41 AMJun

    • Me too!!

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      11/07/2012 at 12:41 PMJul

  6. Amazing Post

    I was Born Near L.A., and Grew Up in Remote Canyons North of L.A… I always avoided L.A., as I’m not a “Rat Racer”, and I wasn’t interested in being a Movie Star, Lol

    I did pursue Film Making in 2000-2003, and did get a Short Film into a Film Festival… But when given a Choice of having it Show in L.A., Las Vegas, or New York… I Chose New York… Because The New York Film Industry I Admired more than L.A…. Partly because of all of the “Theater” there…

    I had never went to New York, but went with My Dad in 2002 to see My Short Film on the Big Screen in New York… It was an Amazing Trip, and an Amazing City, that I had always wanted to go to.

    San Francisco was always My Favorite City, I have been there Several Time, and Just Loved it… To Me New York City was like a Blend of San Francisco and Las Vegas, but on “Steroids”, Lol

    But the City that has always caught My Curiosity, is “Chicago”

    There are a few reasons for this…

    One, I’ve always heard that it’s The Countries Best Kept Secret… That the People that live there, don’t want more people to come, they like it the way it is… Intriguing, right?

    Two, John Hughes Did all His Films there, I believe he lived there, and Loved the City… He did “The Breakfast Club”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Sixteen Candles”, and Produced “Home Alone”

    He is one of My Favorite Directors.

    Also, John Cusak is from there, and did Theater there as a Kid, and I Admire him very much

    Lastly, I had a Very Good Friend From there, who always said “You Have to Go There”…

    I’ve never heard of those Buildings you listed, and I didn’t know that anything like that Existed… Where they’re basically like Cities within Their Selves… To me, that is Amazing

    And the fact that they’re Connected to the water, and have their own arenas, and are designed so you can’t see into each others rooms…

    Friggen Amazing, I should have been Born there

    I’m currently Writing a Blog Series, and the Main Character lives in New York… But after seeing this Post, I may have him move to Chicago, Lol

    Thanks Nadia, Truly Inspiring

    DarkJade-

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    30/06/2012 at 12:41 AMJun

    • *have their own marinas

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      30/06/2012 at 12:41 AMJun

    • I can’t believe you live in the states and you haven’t been to Chicago!! Do it this year 😉

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      11/07/2012 at 12:41 PMJul

      • Lol, I know, right

        Because of This Post, I actually Changed the Location of My Character in My Blog Series “Whisper Moon”, from New York, to Chicago… And he’s now living in one of those type of Buildings on the Water, Lol

        Is having one of My Characters go there count as Me Going This Year? Lol

        Here’s the Episode Where he’s Moved to Chicago

        http://darkjade68.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/whisper-moon-changes/

        DJ-

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        11/07/2012 at 12:41 PMJul

  7. s.a.m

    I love Chicago!!! 🙂

    https://fashioninthestreet.wordpress.com/

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    30/06/2012 at 12:41 AMJun

  8. Pingback: Whisper Moon – Changes « The Written Word

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