Chicago's downtown is a stellar collection of architectural gems. And I cannot imagine anyone more familiar with these than the Chicago Architecture Foundation. The CAF boat tour was eye-opening, and the docent was incredibly knowledgeable. There was really too much information too quickly to take it all in, but here are my personal highlights:
My favorite, 333 West Wacker Drive, actually curves to follow the river. I found the reflections enchanting!
No doubt the Trump Building has it's detractors, but I just love it. What can I say? I like exuberance!
The undulating balconies, reminiscent of the waves on Lake Michigan, add so much interest to this building.
It may be the most familiar building in Chicago, formerly known as the Sears Tower. Now the Willis Tower, I can't help but wonder why Willis decided to spend marketing dollars to acquire the name. I'm guessing it will be generations before anyone refers to it as something other than the Sears Tower!
Of more interest to me was this little number off to the right of the Sears/Willis Tower. I don't know the name, but the balconies here remind me of Morse Code!
Another "formerly known as", this is a partial view of an enormous building which served as Montgomery Ward warehousing in a prior life. Today, it's undergoing a mixed-use renaissance.
And finally, I laughed at myself when I saw this picture on my camera. Forget that the Merchandise Mart building is famous as one of the largest in the world, clearly I zoomed in to read the signs! Luxe Home indeed!
If you ever have the chance, be sure to take the CAF boat tour. It's a great way to view a great city's architectural legacy.