Chicago: Boat deck, Sky Deck & buildings… (Sorry about all the buildings)

Chicago had a ton of metal cows all around the city at one time… They got dressed up for various occasions… This is the kind of important stuff you learn when you travel.

Chicago is beautiful, so beautiful I decided to do an “Architectual Tour”… On the river.
It was amazing, so many of the buildings worth seeing are situated along the river and we got right up next to them. The tour guide, Sarah, was another prime example of awesomesauce, she knew her sh*t, wow! Another one of those “should be stand-up comedian, turned tour guide”, she went from “said building made in (year) by (architect) represents (stuffz) and (facts)” to “Transformers was filmed there, me and Shia LeBoeuf had a thing… stop laughing, you don’t know my life!” and back again. I loved her.

Now, I could rant on about the buildings, but to be honest I don’t remember half of the stuff she told us. I remember the funny stuff, like the opera house looking like a chair because the owner built it for his mistress after New York Metropolitan rejected her as an opera singer and he “wanted to sit with his back turned to New York”. Anything interesting can be found on internet, I’m sure, but I will provide you with some half-assed, amateur photographs of them. Lucky you… I picked a good day for it, sun was out today, but I am slowly regretting sending all my warm stuff home with Tiril 😛 (S-M-R-T) – Chicago’s not cold, but it’s not warm either… The Windy City – oh yes.

After the cruise tour thingy I took a cab to Sears/Willis Tower (I know, decadent me…) and went to see the ledge. Of course I went to see the ledge. It’s high up, gut churning, fear-of-heights-inducing fun! I heard it cracked once. So I was totally gonna go stand on it. Which I did. The road to get there though… oh man… what a line. And they herd you through this little movie theater to watch a movie about how the tower was built etc. Kind of the same they had at Pearl Harbour, only that the Pearl Harbour-movie was interesting 😛 But, anyway, I got there in the end and did the whole shebang. I took the professional pic and then stood in the longer line to have some more time on the ledge, looking straight down, it was awesome 😀

After the tower I had warmed up considerably, lovely, no more chilled to the bone. But I was starving so I headed over to Giordano’s which was close by and a must-do while in Chicago. I was conflicted for a while, since I discovered Jimmy John’s right across the road… What to dooo? I ended up at Giordano’s. Very happy about that, the pizza was fantastic and I met Robert and Michael, my two new Facebook-friends. We ended up eating together and just hit it off completely. I’ve only met them this one short time, but I really dig those guys. So easy-going and positive… They just got married, I got to see photos. Win. Thanks for a great night, guys ❤

Day two was spent wandering around the city, my aim was just to get a feel for the place and see the Bean (“Cloud Gate”, the bean-shaped sculpture you see on the first picture of this article). Saw the bean, saw millenium park, tried to get in to the Art Institute of Chicago, but apparantly they don’t sell any more tickets after 16.45 (What?? They’re open until 20.00!) so that was a bust, but hey 😛 I guess I’ll have to see that next time.

Oh… And… eh… Sorry about all the pictures of buildings 😛 I like buildings…

So.. apparantly this hot, roast beef  sub comes with cheese... And nothing else *lol*

So.. apparantly this hot, roast beef sub comes with cheese… And nothing else *lol*

This is a fountain, when the picture changes, water comes out of the persons mouth instead... #Creativiteh

This is a fountain, when the picture changes, water comes out of the persons mouth instead… #Creativiteh

Yeah, I was there...

Yeah, I was there…

Found MIllenium Park too

Found MIllenium Park too

With the Bean (Cloud Gate)

With the Bean (Cloud Gate)

The Chicago Cultural Center - one of the most beautiful buildings. And used in the movie "Untouchables" - Al Capone wuz here...

The Chicago Cultural Center – one of the most beautiful buildings. And used in the movie “Untouchables” – Al Capone wuz here…

The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center . The largest Tiffany Glass Dome in the world

The Cultural Center . The largest Tiffany Glass Dome in the world

The Cultural Center and its marble stairs

The Cultural Center and its marble stairs

Yeah, I'm doing that thing again... sorry.

Yeah, I’m doing that thing again… sorry.

The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center

The Cultural Center

The Carbid & Carbon Building. Looks incredibly more impressive IRL.

The Carbid & Carbon Building. Looks incredibly more impressive IRL.

Peekaboooh

Peekaboooh

Rabin has his own place

Rabin has his own place

I wonder who she was :-/

I wonder who she was :-/

Skaters' park

Skaters’ park

Commemmorating one of the city planners

Commemmorating one of the city planners

The Loop

The Loop

Around and around it goes

Around and around it goes

Yeah... still the Loop

Yeah… still the Loop

I got pretty hung up on the Loop, sorry about that too...

I got pretty hung up on the Loop, sorry about that too…

Chicago

Chicago

I see the Navy Pier (the water part is Lake Michigan)

I see the Navy Pier (the water part is Lake Michigan)

Arrrrh! The statue is actually comemmorating the captains of ye olden days, before the GPS. Like Moby Dick days...

Arrrrh!
The statue is actually comemmorating the captains of ye olden days, before the GPS. Like Moby Dick days…

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan

Beautiful Chicago

Beautiful Chicago

Sarah, our tour guide - what she doesn't know about architecture in Chicago... well... I can't remember half the stuff she DID know so it doesn't matter...

Sarah, our tour guide – what she doesn’t know about architecture in Chicago… well… I can’t remember half the stuff she DID know so it doesn’t matter…

And from here on out there's gonna be a ton of pictures of buildings with no desrciption.. because I suck at knowing things, I just like the pretties...

And from here on out there’s gonna be a ton of pictures of buildings with no desrciption.. because I suck at knowing things, I just like the pretties…

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Had a meeting with Mr. Trump again... Didn't get fired...

Had a meeting with Mr. Trump again… Didn’t get fired…

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"A city within a city" - these two buildings have everything within: Parking, daycare, fitness center, shopping, groceries, laundry... I remembered something ;-)

“A city within a city” – these two buildings have everything within: Parking, daycare, fitness center, shopping, groceries, laundry… I remembered something 😉

This building used to be symmetrical, but they had to cut away one column of windows on the left side to make room for a new street. Damn! I remembered more!

This building used to be symmetrical, but they had to cut away one column of windows on the left side to make room for a new street. Damn! I remembered more!

Huge ass building, used to have its own zipcode(!)

Huge ass building, used to have its own zipcode(!)

Teh pretties...

Teh pretties…

Apartments designed by an achitect who loved sailing... Evident enough.

Apartments designed by an achitect who loved sailing… Evident enough.

Glass, reflective, pretty... I'm half magpie apparantly...

Glass, reflective, pretty… I’m half magpie apparantly…

:-)

🙂

Beams on the outside to support structure - leaves more space on the inside for inside things :-D I should be running this tour...

Beams on the outside to support structure – leaves more space on the inside for inside things 😀 I should be running this tour…

Magpie...

Magpie…

Happy just to be on a boat ;-)

Happy just to be on a boat 😉

Our boat's sister

Our boat’s sister

Designed by the same guys who created the "city within a city" corncob-building

Designed by the same guys who created the “city within a city” corncob-building

Skyline

Skyline

More corncob... This building was a lot bigger than I thought...

More corncob… This building was a lot bigger than I thought…

She didn't actually talk about this one, I just thought it looked cool

She didn’t actually talk about this one, I just thought it looked cool

Can't remember jack about this one, but it looks pretty

Can’t remember jack about this one, but it looks pretty

This is the opera house, the one that resembles a huge chair. Above the windows straight up there is the "seat"

This is the opera house, the one that resembles a huge chair. Above the windows straight up there is the “seat”

Magpie again - love the curve on this

Magpie again – love the curve on this

The cityscape is so beautiful in Chicago, you should visit just for that.

The cityscape is so beautiful in Chicago, you should visit just for that.

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Visiting the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the Skydeck Ledge WOOP!

Visiting the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the Skydeck Ledge WOOP!

Oprah is omnipresent in Chicago...

Oprah is omnipresent in Chicago…

Many, many Anne Karens to make big, big tower...

Many, many Anne Karens to make big, big tower…

*squeeaaaal!!!*

*squeeaaaal!!!*

The views again (yeah, I know, sorry)

The views again (yeah, I know, sorry)

Pretty happy with the weather all around...

Pretty happy with the weather all around…

Apparanly the protective coating on the number 4 ledge cracked last year. So i was totally going out on that one!

Apparanly the protective coating on the number 4 ledge cracked last year. So i was totally going out on that one!

103 stories up...

103 stories up…

Met Robert and Mike for dinner - made new friends <3

Met Robert and Mike for dinner – made new friends ❤

Chicago - night time

Chicago – night time

Loop lit up

Loop lit up

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They know how to decorate...

They know how to decorate…

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