Posts Tagged ‘Millennium Park’

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

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

Ep.5> Manchester United are in Chicago!

Manchester United > From Old Trafford, Manchester, England, UK

Although I am not a huge fan of football (soccer whilst I am over here) I still got excited to here that Manchester United were in town. If anything I am a blue, but the fact the reds were here was a nice coincidence.

Manchester United were here to unveil their new kit down at Nike Town as they are now proudly sponsored by Aon.

I went down to check out their soccer schools right in front of the Aon Centre in Millennium Park and the view were amazing. Paul Scholes and many others joined in and the United players were somewhat free to roam the city. Imagine that over in Manchester.

This all comes with some more great Manchester United news. Whilst being here Rio Ferdinand below saw my work in the Manchester Photographic Gallery and wants it for his own walls! (Photo below taken on iPhone by Andy @ The Manchester Photographic Gallery!)

I am starting to like Manchester United!

Welcome to Chicago!

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 > Transformers 3

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