Architectural Boat Tour of Chicago, Part 2 of 3 — Pics!

When I was visiting my brother in Chicago last week, we did a boat tour of the architecture and architectural history of downtown Chicago. I’m posting my favorite pics, in three separate posts so the posts aren’t super-huge and hard to load. Part One is here: this is Part Two.

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More after the jump.

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This was probably my favorite building on the tour, and it’s the one that looks the most different from different angles — hence, the three pics.

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I really like how the non-Sears-Tower building here is clearly referencing the Sears Tower, while maintaining its own strong identity. It’s like it’s having a conversation with a really famous person who’s interesting but somewhat overbearing, and it’s doing a good job of listening while also holding its own and having plenty of interesting things to say.

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Another little bridge house! This may be my favorite picture in the whole series.

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These last two aren’t architecture, obviously — they’re a barge from a current building project that got overloaded with clay, broke in half, and sank. (No injuries, as far as I know.) I suppose I could gas on with some pretentious comment about how they’re symbolic of something or other — the vibrancy and recklessness of a city that’s constantly re-inventing itself, or something — but really, I just like the photos. I mean, how often do you get to see a sunken barge these days?

One more set of pics coming up in the next post!

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Architectural Boat Tour of Chicago, Part 2 of 3 — Pics!

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