Home  Gregor Travel Chicago 2001
Sept 15 - 16, 2001
Water Tower
John Hancock Center
Street Art
The historic water tower on Michigan Avenue -- the North end of the Magnificent Mile. The John Hancock Center, the 4th tallest building in the US at 1127 ft (w/o antenna). Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Floors 46 - 92 are residential. Chicago skyline with the Park Hyatt, John Hancock Center and the Four Seasons Hotel (from right). Street art in Chicago.
Skyscraper Shadows
Skyline South
Lakefront residential towers seen from the Hancock Center. Looking South from the Hancock observation platform on the 94th floor. The Aon building and the Sears tower are the tallest buildings in town.    
River Cruise
Lake Front
River Front
Merchandise Mart
River Bend
The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers great river cruises. The Chicago River offers great views of the development of the city. The river flow was actually reversed through a canal. The merchandise mart, so big, it has its own ZIP code. Built as a department store warehouse by Marshall Field & Co, it now houses design showrooms. The North arm of the river is home to recent residential developments. The Riverbend tower houses condos $400,000 and up.
North River
New townhomes just constructed along the revived riverfront.      
Frank Lloyd Wright
Moore House
Hills House
Beachy House
Oak Park (10 miles West of Chicago) is home to Frank Lloyd Wright's studio. Walking tours around the nieghborhood give an excellent overview over the development of the Prairie Style homes. The Moore House (1895 / 1922) mixes various styles. The upper stories burned down 30 years after the inital construction and was replaced by a new design by FLW. The Hills House (1906) shows strong Japanese influence. The Beachy House (1906) in brick and stucco.
Thomas House
Martin House
Unity Temple
The Thomas House (1901) is the first true Pairie Style Hous ein Oak Park. It features a number of FLW signature elements: band of windows, arched entryway, elevated living area. The Martin House (1903) -- more vertical than most other houses, but a beautiful design! The Unity Temple (1908), an early concrete building now under reconstruction.