I heard about tours being done by the Chicago Architecture foundation (http://www.architecture.org), so I book the tour ‘Elevated Architecture: Chicago’s South Side by “L”‘.
It turns out to be a FANTASTIC tour… Starts right at the Chicago Architecture Foundation store (224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604):
Walk out the back and you are in a wonderful building named ???, a former railway station (??) with a beautiful model of downtown Chicago as of today, see https://vimeo.com/76811763 for a short video. Lots of good information about the major buildings:
On it goes through various locations along the “L” loop, shown on this map:
Being so busy with my camera phone 🙂 I can’t remember the name of all locations – but a lot of very interesting buildings and a lot of breathtaking views. Amended by a great deal of background information provided by our very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide.
Let’s name and look at a few buildings…
Fisher building: neo-gothic, build around 1900, “watery” decoration (find the frogs…), see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_Building_(Chicago).
Harold Washington Public Library: BEAUTIFUL building, built in 1991, postmodern, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Washington_Library:
Quincy Station of “L” Loop: the only station looking mostly as it did back in 1897 when it was built , see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincy_(CTA_station). Beautiful wooden and iron structures; signage in enamel:
Heck, Chicago even as a gem of architecture as Federal Prison building:
One could ‘connect’ to the prisoners being on the exercise court on the top of the building by waving – they’d wave back. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolitan_Correctional_Center,_Chicago
Along the way nice views of Wilson building (formerly known as Sears tower); Trump tower:
I should also mention the ‘unknow builings’ that I liked a lot; converted into posh living for the wealthy in downtown Chicago, some shots:
And of course the “L” train itself; the ‘moving’ pictures of it were done with the so-called “Action Camera” built into my lovely new (camera-)phone, the Lumia 1020. The while iron/wood bits are still in original state…
When we left the confines of the “L” train, we would use a modern turnstile yet look at a steel construction built in the end of the 19th century, more than 100 years ago. What a perfect way to end this tour…