I am spending three days in Chicago. I drove up here yesterday after I got off work. I got to my hotel in downtown Chicago about 6:30. I am staying at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel. It is in the Magnificent Mile area just a couple blocks over from the John Hancock Tower. So this morning the first thing I did was go to the top of the 100 story John Hancock Tower.
The John Hancock Tower is the fourth tallest building in Chicago. You get a nice view of the city from the top. In the picture below you can see the three tallest buildings in Chicago. From left to right #3 - Aon Center (formerly Amoco Building), #2 - Trump International Hotel & Tower and #1 - The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).
You get a nice view of Lake Shore Drive from the other side of the building looking north along Lake Michigan.
After leaving the John Hancock Center I walked over to Navy Pier. I walked along beautiful Lake Shore Drive. The picture below is looking back on the John Hancock Building.
From Navy Pier I took a couple of boat cruises. The first was a Chicago River cruise. Below is looking down the Chicago River toward the Trump Tower.
Below is further down looking onto the Willis (Sears) Tower.
The second cruise was a skyline cruise on Lake Michigan. The picture below is looking back on Navy Peir.
As you can see it was a beautiful day here in Chicago today. Below is the famous skyline.
After the cruises I walked along the River Walk back to the center of town. I passed the Centennial Fountain on the way. They shoot this gusher of water across the river every hour.
Below is a nice picture of the Wrigley Building, one of my favorite buildings.
From here I walked down Michigan Avenue for a few blocks to Millennium Park.
One of the most popular attractions in the city is the Bean.
You can see your reflection in the Bean along with the Chicago skyline.
From here I walked down to Grant Park and visited Buckingham Fountain. The picture below is a great shot of the fountain with the Chicago skyline in the background.
From here I walked over to the 110 story Willis Tower and went to the top. Below is Lake Michigan from the top of the building. The red building blocks the view of Buckingham Fountain.
The Chicago skyline can be seen in the picture below.
It was about 5:00 when I got down from the Sears Tower. My hotel is quite a ways away over by the John Hancock Building. My feet wouldn't be able to withstand the walk over there so I got on the open-top tourist bus and drove around the city a bit before getting off at the Chicago Water Tower about two blocks from my hotel. Below is a picture of my hotel.
I wanted to stay at the Trump Tower but it was quite pricey. I am spending all day tomorrow here and driving home on Wednesday.
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