My Kind of Town

chicagoChicago is my hometown. If you squint a little bit, and don’t ask too many questions. On the off chance that I run into someone else who’s from the area, I’d have to clarify myself, and offer more details, but when you’re on the other side of the planet, Chicago is close enough.

One of the funny things about being from Chicago is that when you get all homesick, there’s a lot of great movies to help you out. The Blues Brothers leaps to mind, but Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a fantastic travel guide to Chicago – just don’t try to do it all in one day.
Chicago is a city known for it’s architecture, and there are two notable changes to be mentioned since last I gazed on this gorgeous skyline. Make of it what you will, but there is now a Trump Tower in Chicago. Trump has never really seemed like the kind of guy to appreciate Chicago, or one to be appreciated by ┬áChicago, but there it is. And, to be fair, It is a beautiful building, one that sits well among the famously beautiful buildings of Chicago.
The other change is more of a change that I refuse to accept. Someone felt that renaming the Sears Tower was a good idea. Sure, it really hasn’t been Sear’s Tower in years, and when you own something, you can do what you want with it, but this just feels akin to the Louvre deciding to rename the Mona Lisa. Skyscrapers are art, and you can’t change one’s name. Regardless, they are living buildings, and parts of them can be re-engineered. Someone had the brilliant idea of extending tranlucent-floored, translucent-walled balconies off of the tower’s skydeck. Retractable in bad weather, the decks are a brilliant idea. It was great fun watching the brave frolic above nothing. Me? I chickened out at the last minute. I’m sure it’s engineered to be perfectly safe, but on the off chance that something terrible did happen, I’d prefer to have more than a thin bit of plastic between myself and an eleventy-one story drop.

These shots were from the shore in front of the Adler Planetarium. The first was just after sunset, on Velvia 50, and the second is three D700 shots stitched together just before sunset. I have to give a big thanks to Jen for standing out in the cold with me, and Amber for meeting up with me for dinner(Kansai Gaidai shout out!).


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