Thursday, May 25, 2006

Lincoln Park Zoo

Two swans, which were a gift from New York's Central Park, started the Lincoln Park Zoo in 1868. It is now the oldest free public zoo in the U.S. and is a world leader in wildlife conservation as evidenced by its international efforts to save endangered species.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Fullerton Avenue lion

Chicago certainly doesn't have the dercorative stone art of many cities, but it is around if you look for it (and in this case, look up for it). This one is atop a building on Fullerton Avenue near Lincoln Avenue on the north side of the city.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Baha'i House of Worship

Just to the north of the city along the lake, and near where I live, is the Baha'i House of Worship. There are seven Baha'i houses of worship around the world, and this is the only one in North America. The building was started in 1920 and took 33 years to complete. It's now undergoing a restoration, so this was one of the only accessible viewpoints that didn't show the construction site.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Soldier Field

Soldier Field, originally built to honor the 120,144 U.S. soldiers killed in World War I, is the butt of many jokes and a fair bit of outrage after being recently rebuilt with the idea of saving an historic landmark. Sports Illustrated has called it the "eyesore on the lake shore," and the Chicago Tribune said it looks "like the Starship Enterprise crash-landed atop the Parthenon." Nonetheless, it's here to stay.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Bus Stop

I don't want to show only tourist spots here, so here's a street photo of just a bus stop on the north side of the city.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Adler Planetarium

You can see Spring has arrived in Chicago, but some of the plants are still recovering from the winter. The Adler Planetarium is one of the museums on the peninsula called the musuem campus and from where I took the photo posted two days ago. It actually has two theaters -- a new virtual-reality digital theater and the orginal planetarium theater with a Zeiss projector from the 1930's. There is a nice little restaurant called Galileo's cafe where you can get a great view of the city. In fact, there's a live camera at the top of the building, so you can see what the city looks like right now from this link:

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Field Museum

The Field Museum, one of two large natural history museums in Chicago, holds more than 20 million objects, yet only one percent of them are exhibited at any one time. The museum is about to open its King Tut exhibition, which toured the U.S. 30 years ago and attracted 8 million visitors. The museum has already sold 175,000 tickets for the current show.

Chicago Skyline

Chicago is renowned for its architecture, a place where new building techniques have been developed and architects have pushed the edge with their creative innovations. Here is a view of the city from the southeast, showing an abundance of one of those innovations -- the skyscraper.