Posts Tagged ‘Architecture’

Ep.10> Shoreline Skyline Lake Tour

Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour > Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

After a hot day of sightseeing in Chicago what better way to cool down and calm down than to relax on a short cruise on Lake Michigan.

Shoreline take you out on the cruise for 40 minutes and show you the power of the skyline whilst telling you historic facts about the city. It’s the best way to wind down and recharge before you hit Navy Pier.

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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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.9> John Hancock Observatory! with Lavazza

John Hancock Observatory with Lavazza > John Hancock Observatory, 875 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

360 degree panoramic views of Chicago.

Personally my favourite building in Chicago. What better way to view the city of Chicago than to do it over 1000 ft above Michigan Avenue at the John Hancock Observatory. The building proudly stands at 1502 ft including the stunning antenna which help make the tower one of the worlds most recognizable. It also lends a big hand in making the whole Chicago skyline recognized the world over.

Now boasting the newest in sightseeing technology only shared by one other place on the planet, the worlds largest building The Burj in Dubai. This technology allows you to view the city in all its glory whilst offering information on over 100 of Chicago’s hotspots. It also allows you to see the city day or night.

This should be the first place visited on any trip to Chicago. Not only the best way to get your barring in the city but also the best way to see all the things Chicago has to offer.

Drink it all in at Chicago’s highest cafe and bar.

The Cafe Espression is tallest coffee I have ever had without being on a flight. The coffee is fantastic which matches the views!

Awarded the Grand Award for Restaurant Design, Espression by Lavazza features a youthful, eclectic and contemporary design that glows with creativity, vitality and a touch of glamour.

Lavazza has a huge menu to choose from. You could keep it classic and enjoy your favorite coffee or you can treat yourself with some luxurious espresso mixed with nuts, brittle, fruit, cream and much more. I went for the Espression Nocciolato which was phenomenal. It was an espression topped with Nutella, Hazelnuts and whipped cream. If your feeling adventurous then you have to try something from the Expression’s Innovations menu. I tried the espresso by Ferran Adria which is a creative espresso that you can eat! In 2006 it was the Time Magazine invention of the year! If you’re not up for a coffee they have a huge selection of chocolate drinks along with a vast menu of shakes, smoothies and cold coffees.

They also  have a fantastic food menu serving sandwiches, salads and desserts of the highest quality. And to top it all off they have just opened up their bar menu of wines, beers and alcoholic coffee for those wanting an extra high.


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 > Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Lake Tour

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 John Hancock Observatory with Lavazza

Ep.8> The Crown Fountain

The Crown Fountain > Located at Millennium Park, Chicago

In the blistering heat of a Summer in Chicago, what better way is there to cool down that to run through The Crown Fountain.

Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa and inspired by the people of Chicago, The Crown Fountain is a major addition to the city’s world-renowned public art collection.

The fountain consists of two 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers project video images of Chicago citizens, a reference to the traditional use of gargoyles in fountains, where faces of mythological beings were sculpted with open mouths to allow water, a symbol of life, to flow out.

During the flow of the waterfall children AND adults play and fool around. Suddenly a face will appear on-screen and EVERYBODY runs to the wall and awaits the lips to pout and spray water!

So much fun and hugely refreshing!

Bring a change of clothes 🙂

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 John Hancock Observatory

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.7> Cloud Gate aka The Bean

Cloud Gate > Located at Millennium Park, Chicago

Cloud Gate locally known as ‘The Bean’ is a stunning piece of art! The piece itself is phenomenal but the reflections that it creates are even more powerful.

Walk inside and look up to find a very unusual and very cool experience.

Excerpt from official website.

Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.

Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest of its kind in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high. Cloud Gate sits upon the At&T Plaza, which was made possible by a gift from AT&T.


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 Crown Fountain

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