Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’

The Whole Of Day 5

Ep.32> Day 5> Route 66 Hotel & Conference Centre
Ep.33> Day 5> Jungle Jim’s
Ep.34> Day 5> Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, Springfield IL
Ep.35> Day 5> Lincoln Tomb
Ep.36> Day 5> Palms Grill Café, Route 66, Atlanta
Ep.37> Day 5> Winding The Town Clock, Atlanta, IL
Ep.38> Day 5> Gunnar Mast Trading Post
Ep.39> Day 5> Atlanta Roadside Attractions (Bunyan Statue & Smiley Water Tower)
Ep.40> Day 5> Bernardi’s II, Route 66, Pontiac IL
Ep.41> Day 5> Front & Center, Pontiac IL
Ep.42> Day 5> Route 66: Musical Review & The Mayors Speech

Ep.37> Winding The Town Clock, Atlanta, IL

Winding The Town Clock > Atlanta, IL

Whilst in Atlanta I was made an honorary clock winder-upper-type-person. This was a huge honor and privilege for me as there is only even been 11 people that have wound the clock! Made my day!

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

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Ep.38 > Gunnar Mast Trading Post, Atlanta

Previous Posts >
Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City
Ep.3> Day 2> Breakfast at Ina’s
Ep.4> Day 2> The T-Shirt Deli
Ep.5> Day 2> Manchester United are in Chicago
Ep.6> Day 2> Transformers 3
Ep.7> Day 2> Cloud Gate aka The Bean
Ep.8> Day 2>
The Crown Fountain
Ep.9> Day 2> The John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza
Ep.10> Day 2> Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Ep.11> Day 2> Navy Pier
Ep.12> Day 2> Hard Rock Café
Ep.13> Day 2> The Blackstone Renaissance
Ep.14> Day 3> Lou Mitchell’s Diner
Ep.15> Day 3> My Ride > Thanks Chevrolet
Ep.16> Day 3> Joliet Area Historical Museum + Joliet Correctional Center
Ep.17> Day 3> The Launching Pad, Wilmington IL
Ep.18> Day 3> The Gemini Giant, Wilmington IL
Ep.19> Day 3> My Arrival In Pontiac IL
Ep.20> Day 3> Delongs Casual Dining, Pontiac IL
Ep.21> Day 3>
Road Trip Supplies on Route 66
Ep.22> Day 3> On The Road
Ep.23> Day 3> ABC News Interview
Ep.24> Day 3> Route 66 Drive-In Theatre
Ep.25> Day 4> Bill Shea’s Gas Station
Ep.26> Day 4> Cosy Dog Drive In, Route 66
Ep.27> Day 4> Doc’s Soda Fountain, Deck’s Drug Store
Ep.28> Day 4> Weezy’s, Route 66
Ep.29> Day 4> The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle
Ep.30> Day 4> Wooden Nickel – Winery & Saloon, Route 66
Ep.31> Day 4> Route 66 by Night!
Ep.32> Day 5> Route 66 Hotel & Conference Centre
Ep.33> Day 5> Jungle Jim’s
Ep.34> Day 5> Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, Springfield IL
Ep.35> Day 5> Lincoln Tomb
Ep.36> Day 5> Palms Grill Café, Route 66, Atlanta

Ep.35> Lincoln Tomb

Lincoln Tomb >

The peaceful final resting place for Abraham Lincoln. Set in a beautiful surrounding to pay a great respect to an American great.

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

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Ep.36 > Palms Grill Café

Previous Posts >
Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City
Ep.3> Day 2> Breakfast at Ina’s
Ep.4> Day 2> The T-Shirt Deli
Ep.5> Day 2> Manchester United are in Chicago
Ep.6> Day 2> Transformers 3
Ep.7> Day 2> Cloud Gate aka The Bean
Ep.8> Day 2>
The Crown Fountain
Ep.9> Day 2> The John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza
Ep.10> Day 2> Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Ep.11> Day 2> Navy Pier
Ep.12> Day 2> Hard Rock Café
Ep.13> Day 2> The Blackstone Renaissance
Ep.14> Day 3> Lou Mitchell’s Diner
Ep.15> Day 3> My Ride > Thanks Chevrolet
Ep.16> Day 3> Joliet Area Historical Museum + Joliet Correctional Center
Ep.17> Day 3> The Launching Pad, Wilmington IL
Ep.18> Day 3> The Gemini Giant, Wilmington IL
Ep.19> Day 3> My Arrival In Pontiac IL
Ep.20> Day 3> Delongs Casual Dining, Pontiac IL
Ep.21> Day 3>
Road Trip Supplies on Route 66
Ep.22> Day 3> On The Road
Ep.23> Day 3> ABC News Interview
Ep.24> Day 3> Route 66 Drive-In Theatre
Ep.25> Day 4> Bill Shea’s Gas Station
Ep.26> Day 4> Cosy Dog Drive In, Route 66
Ep.27> Day 4> Doc’s Soda Fountain, Deck’s Drug Store
Ep.28> Day 4> Weezy’s, Route 66
Ep.29> Day 4> The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle
Ep.30> Day 4> Wooden Nickel – Winery & Saloon, Route 66
Ep.31> Day 4> Route 66 by Night!
Ep.32> Day 5> Route 66 Hotel & Conference Centre
Ep.33> Day 5> Jungle Jim’s
Ep.34> Day 5> Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, Springfield IL

Ep.34> Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library, Springfield IL

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library > Springfield IL

Now I am not a huge museum fan but I am a huge fan of knowledge so I do attend museums on a regular basis, but this is a museum of the future. If all museums were like this, everyone who visits would learn a lot. Not only does this include artifacts but it also has contemporary art, original clothing, interactive story telling, and individual journeys to bring you into the world of Abe Lincoln. It was fantastic. it was like visiting Universal Studios or something.

My favorite part of this museum is the Ghosts Of The Library, presented by AT&T. It was unreal. I did not expect this at all! Easily one of the best experiences of the trip simply because of how unique it was. There was a guy who was telling us a story and that was interesting at first but then things started happening, ghosts started appearing right in front of your eyes and it was literally like ‘HOW ARE THEY DOING THIS?!?’ Well the best people to explain this amazing show say this …. >

Ghosts of the Library is a dramatic and magical special effects presentation that uses Holavision® to capture the exciting sense of discovery that scholars and curators feel as they approach a great research collection. Holavision® is a proprietary BRC Imagination Arts-owned technology that allows the storyteller to appear to control history around him. In addition, Holavision® permits the magical “fade away” or disappearance of the on-stage actor, with astonishing impact to audiences of all ages. The ghosts of Lincoln and his contemporaries momentarily appear and disappear, their transparent images drifting through the “Library.” A quill rises from a library table and begins to write in the air, in Lincoln’s handwriting.

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

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Ep.35 > Lincoln Tomb

Previous Posts >
Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City
Ep.3> Day 2> Breakfast at Ina’s
Ep.4> Day 2> The T-Shirt Deli
Ep.5> Day 2> Manchester United are in Chicago
Ep.6> Day 2> Transformers 3
Ep.7> Day 2> Cloud Gate aka The Bean
Ep.8> Day 2>
The Crown Fountain
Ep.9> Day 2> The John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza
Ep.10> Day 2> Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Ep.11> Day 2> Navy Pier
Ep.12> Day 2> Hard Rock Café
Ep.13> Day 2> The Blackstone Renaissance
Ep.14> Day 3> Lou Mitchell’s Diner
Ep.15> Day 3> My Ride > Thanks Chevrolet
Ep.16> Day 3> Joliet Area Historical Museum + Joliet Correctional Center
Ep.17> Day 3> The Launching Pad, Wilmington IL
Ep.18> Day 3> The Gemini Giant, Wilmington IL
Ep.19> Day 3> My Arrival In Pontiac IL
Ep.20> Day 3> Delongs Casual Dining, Pontiac IL
Ep.21> Day 3>
Road Trip Supplies on Route 66
Ep.22> Day 3> On The Road
Ep.23> Day 3> ABC News Interview
Ep.24> Day 3> Route 66 Drive-In Theatre
Ep.25> Day 4> Bill Shea’s Gas Station
Ep.26> Day 4> Cosy Dog Drive In, Route 66
Ep.27> Day 4> Doc’s Soda Fountain, Deck’s Drug Store
Ep.28> Day 4> Weezy’s, Route 66
Ep.29> Day 4> The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle
Ep.30> Day 4> Wooden Nickel – Winery & Saloon, Route 66
Ep.31> Day 4> Route 66 by Night!
Ep.32> Day 5> Route 66 Hotel & Conference Centre
Ep.33> Day 5> Jungle Jim’s

Ep.29> The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle

The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle > Collinsville IL

Another road side attraction. Built in 1949 and standing a massive 170ft tall, this water tower can be seen from every angle in the neighborhoods around and it forms one of my favorite landscapes of the whole trip. I absolutely love this old water tower. I can see why it was used in the new Twilight movie, Eclipse.

This will appear again in my blog as part of my Chevrolet video.

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

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Ep.30> Wooden Nickel – Winery & Saloon

Previous Posts >
Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City
Ep.3> Day 2> Breakfast at Ina’s
Ep.4> Day 2> The T-Shirt Deli
Ep.5> Day 2> Manchester United are in Chicago
Ep.6> Day 2> Transformers 3
Ep.7> Day 2> Cloud Gate aka The Bean
Ep.8> Day 2>
The Crown Fountain
Ep.9> Day 2> The John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza
Ep.10> Day 2> Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Ep.11> Day 2> Navy Pier
Ep.12> Day 2> Hard Rock Café
Ep.13> Day 2> The Blackstone Renaissance
Ep.14> Day 3> Lou Mitchell’s Diner
Ep.15> Day 3> My Ride > Thanks Chevrolet
Ep.16> Day 3> Joliet Area Historical Museum + Joliet Correctional Center
Ep.17> Day 3> The Launching Pad, Wilmington IL
Ep.18> Day 3> The Gemini Giant, Wilmington IL
Ep.19> Day 3> My Arrival In Pontiac IL
Ep.20> Day 3> Delongs Casual Dining, Pontiac IL
Ep.21> Day 3>
Road Trip Supplies on Route 66
Ep.22> Day 3> On The Road
Ep.23> Day 3> ABC News Interview
Ep.24> Day 3> Route 66 Drive-In Theatre
Ep.25> Day 4> Bill Shea’s Gas Station
Ep.26> Day 4> Cosy Dog Drive In, Route 66
Ep.27> Day 4> Doc’s Soda Fountain, Deck’s Drug Store
Ep.28> Day 4> Weezy’s, Route 66

Ep.16> Joliet Museum & Correctional Centre

Joliet Area Historical Museum > 204 Ottawa St. Joliet, IL 60432

A fantastic journey into Americana. I had heard of Joliet before thanks to the amazing Blues Brothers band and movie. In the movie they show the Joliet Correctional Centre and after getting my photo with ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues & Elwood Blues, Elaine the gift shop manager hooked me up with some easy directions to get there! This museum really does show you why Joliet gave Route 66 its kicks back in the day. But not just from the recent history but from way back when too. Did you know that Charlie Chaplin made some of his silent movies here? No? neither did I! But thanks to the Joliet Museum…. I do now 🙂

Have a glide through the photographs I got. They show you some of the things they have to offer.

Joliet Correctional Center > Joliet, IL

Now this is a place I’ve always wanted to see. After growing up watching The Blues Brothers with my dad, I had to go here to take photographs for him. The place is amazing! It’s like a castle and you can see why this is the setting for movies and tv shows. It’s the best looking prison I have ever seen. Although the tower block prison in Chicago’s skyline is interesting too. I’ll post this in later posts. What has been shot here? Well two major things I’d like to mention The Blues Brothers and the first season of Prison Break. Not bad for a small town off Route 66.

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

Next post > The Launching Pad Drive-In

Previous Posts >

Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City
Ep.3> Day 2> Breakfast at Ina’s
Ep.4> Day 2> The T-Shirt Deli
Ep.5> Day 2> Manchester United are in Chicago
Ep.6> Day 2> Transformers 3
Ep.7> Day 2> Cloud Gate aka The Bean

Ep.8> Day 2> The Crown Fountain
Ep.9> Day 2> The John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza
Ep.10> Day 2> Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Ep.11> Day 2> Navy Pier
Ep.12> Day 2>
Hard Rock Café
Ep.13> Day 2> The Blackstone Renaissance
Ep.14> Day 3> Lou Mitchell’s Diner
Ep.15> Day 3> My Ride > Thanks Chevrolet

Ep.13> The Blackstone Renaissance

The Blackstone w/Absinthe Tasting > 636 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60605 USA

The Blackstone Renaissance – Chicago’s Finest

So… Since following my blog many of you have asked ‘Where am I staying…. ?’ Right now I am staying at the world-famous Blackstone Renaissance here in Chicago. First opened in 1910 it’s now celebrating its 100th birthday. A beautifully stunning historical building which was once closed and once lost many major articles. They even found their lobby chandelier out on the streets of Chicago when renovating. Thankfully it is now restored back to its original glory and is still boasting its original attention to detail.

This luxury hotel is a perfect example of how old and new design can work in perfect harmony.

During my stay here I took part in some absinthe tasting… you’ll have to watch the clip to see my reaction…

Matthew

(All photographs taken by Matthew Comer unless otherwise stated. Portraits of Matthew courtesy of Leah Mitchell. Music courtesy of Me Vs Hero)

Next post > Lou Mitchell’s Diner

Previous Posts >

Ep.1> Day 1> Welcome to Chicago / Mercadito
Ep.2> Day 1> The Second City
Ep.3> Day 2> Breakfast at Ina’s
Ep.4> Day 2> The T-Shirt Deli
Ep.5> Day 2> Manchester United are in Chicago
Ep.6> Day 2> Transformers 3
Ep.7> Day 2> Cloud Gate aka The Bean

Ep.8> Day 2> The Crown Fountain
Ep.9> Day 2> The John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza
Ep.10> Day 2> Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour
Ep.11> Day 2> Navy Pier
Ep.12> Day 2>
Hard Rock Café