To easily get around Chicago, I signed up for the trolley tour.  Besides getting a tour, you can also hop on and off to see the local sights.

 

   
This is a view of Soldiers' Field.  It looks like an odd mix of futuristic and the distant past.

This is a view of Grant Park looking west from the trolley.  In the center of the photo is the Buckingham fountain.  Behind the fountain and the red building is the Sears Tower.

Looking east of the trolley, toward Lake Michigan, you can observe Navy Pier in the background.

 

A tighter shot of Navy Pier.

Driving into the Navy Pier to pickup and drop off passengers.

This is a view looking east toward the lake on the Chicago River.

This is a view looking in the opposite direction of the previous photo.

This is a view looking into the heart of Chicago along the Chicago River (west).

 

Along the route, there are plenty of buildings to see and people to watch.

 

The building in the center of the photo is the Wrigley Building.

Mr. Wrigley got his business start in the  soap business.  He found that the gum he attached to the soap, used to draw kids to ask their moms to purchase the soap, would be a better seller.  He decided to get into the gum business.

 

The Chicago Tribune Building's exterior is very interesting.  Various rocks and pieces of other walls are embedded in the Chicago Tribune Building wall.  These items come from all over the world and at least one from the Moon.  Each has an inscription describing each piece.

 

     
     
The John Hancock Building is the third largest building in Chicago.  It is very recognizable by its X pattern.   
     
     
When the John Hancock Building was first built, the rooms with the X covering the windows went for less money because of an obstructed view.  Today, these rooms are worth more and are very difficult to obtain.   
     
     
Water Tower Place contains a nice vertical mall.   
     
     
The shopping areas on Michigan Avenue are pleasant to look at when compared to suburban shopping areas.  
     
     
The Chicago Water Tower.   
     
     
The view of the Chicago Museum of Art is interesting as you drive by.  The wreck in the middle is art.  On this day, farmers came to town to sell their goods.   
     
     
A view to the right of the previous photo showing the farmers selling fresh fruits and vegetables.   
     
     
The tour guide said that this building is the most visited place in Chicago. 

The American Girl Place building has the ulitmate in doll care.

In the windows on the second floor, you can see dining tables.  This is where you can take your doll to lunch.  You actually buy the doll a meal.

There is also a doll hospital and spa, among other things.
 
     
     
Just an interesting view of an old building with an old water tower on top.

Across the street is one of the many city clocks.  Most are unique in appearance.
 
     
     
A view looking down the Chicago River.   
     
     
The Sears Tower is the tallest building in the United States, at the moment.   
     
     
Sears got its start in the mail order business so they decided to build their lobby to look like a mailbox.   
     
     
The Skydeck Observatory of the Sears Tower is 1,353 feet up on the 103rd floor. 

The view is fantastic.  (I visited the Sky Deck in 2000.)
 
     
     
I wish I had a better picture of this building.  The Adnock building is the largest weight-bearing structure.  The building is wider at the bottom to support this massive structure without the use of iron support.   
     
     
Chicago is big on art.

Here is the Flamingo. 

Another farmers' market is in the background.
 
     
     
To the right of the previous photo, the farmers' market continues.  Farmers from all over the region bring fresh vegetable and fruits to sell to the city dwellers.   
     
     
A Picasso piece of art called...

Woman.

 
     
     
The Macy's on State Street, formerly known as the Marshall Field Company.   
     
     
A view of Millennium Park in the distance.   
     
     
Nothing really special pictured here.  Just found the view striking.  The windows are so large when compared to the people.  The flower boxes look nice.  The subway cover is interesting as we don't see many subways in Florida.  
     
     
The Aon Center Building is the second tallest building in Chicago.

It was formerly known as the Amoco Building. 
 
     
     
This is a better view of the Chicago Tribune building next to the Wrigley Building on the Chicago River.   
     
     
I am amazed by how big the sidewalks are and how clean and pretty the city is.   
     
     
Here is an interesting downtown view along the Chicago River.

The two buildings that look like corncobs are actually the Marina Towers. 
 
     
     
The Marina Towers were built for city dwellers to have all of the comforts of suburban life.  A city within a city.

The apartments are located above with easy access to car parking below.
 
     
     
Marina Towers offers a self-contained world: there is little need for residents to leave it. Planned with a theater, restaurant, bowling alley, health club, ice-skating rink, grocery store, bank, and parking garage.
 
 
     
     
This is a view of the train station above the street.   
     
     
This is a view to the right of the previous photo that shows the stairs leading up to the platform.   
     
     
If you do ride the trolley, make sure not to stand up at the wrong time.   
     
     
The Chicago Theater  
     
     
The building at the end of the street has something to do with the grain market.

This building was used in Batman movies to depict Gotham City Hall.

A statue of the Roman god Ceres stands on top of this building.  Ceres is where the word cereal was derived.
 
     
     
I am amazed at the wide city sidewalks.  Trees throughout the city add a nice touch.     
     
     
A quick view of the train riding the Loop.   
     
     
The building architecture is beautiful and not something you see everyday; unless you live in Chicago.   
     
     
This is the closest I got to a museum on my trip.  The weather was so nice, I could not see staying inside all day.  I will try harder next time. 

This is the Museum of Science and Industry.

They had an exhibit on Darwin when I drove by in the trolley.
 
     
     
To the left of the museum you can see the city in the distance.   
     
     
Closest I got to the Shedd Aquarium.  I figured I have seen enough aquariums.  Supposedly they do have the oldest living fish on display, but I was getting hungry and decided to move on to lunch.  
   
 

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