Thursday, 23 September 2010

My Kind Of Town Chicago Is - Frank Sinatra

Another 'all nighter' on the Greyhound, but at least I have made Florida and more precisely Tallahassee. I'm taking a short break here before moving down to the coast at Panama City in the hope, more than anything else, of a few more birds.

A chance also to catch up with the Chicago experience which was quite the opposite to my last visit where I felt a little nervous. This time however I found the people most friendly and the city interesting, so here are the shots:-

Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is a 108-story, 1451-foot (442 m) skyscraper and at the time of its completion in 1974, it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center towers in New York, and held this rank for nearly 25 years. The Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world, as well as the fifth tallest building in the world to the roof.

Although Sears' naming rights expired in 2003, the building continued to be called Sears Tower for several years. In March 2009 London-based insurance broker Willis Group Holdings, Ltd. agreed to lease a portion of the building and obtained the building's naming rights. On July 16, 2009, the building was officially renamed Willis Tower.

The Chicago River

Commuters scurry to work.

Another impressive skyscraper but unnamed, it simply has a postal address.

A statue to Industry & Agriculture.

Looking every bit like it dropped off the sleeve of a Pink Floyd album!

The austere looking Public Library.

The overhead Metro.

Chicago sky-scape,

and continuing the panorama.

Central Metro Station.

Even managed to get as far as Lake Michigan, looking north

and south.

There I found Canada Geese and these

Ring-billed Gull adult

Ditto, looking like already in

Winter Plumage.

Ring-billed Gull 'first winter'.

and a couple of shots on the way back to

the Greyhound Station.

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