Chicago’s one of the rare places where architecture is more visibleFrank Gehry
As one of my abiding memories of Chicago will be of the architecture, especially the variety in age and style of its skyscrapers, I can’t help but agree with Gehry.
But his contribution to the city wasn’t a skyscraper. In Millennium Park on the Lake Michigan waterfront is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, an open-air music venue designed by Gehry. It was designated a work of art rather than a building, to circumvent planning restrictions. And indeed it as much sculpture as it is structure.
As well as the pavilion, Millennium Park is also home to the Bean, properly known as Cloud Gate. This sculpture by Anish Kapoor has become something of an emblem for the city and must certainly be among its most photographed sights. Unfortunately when I was there it was undergoing major renovation and was fenced off, so my photography was somewhat restricted, but I managed to get a half-successful shot.
These are both included in my gallery below along with an example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work that appeared in a previous post. There are plenty of skyscrapers too, both old and new, and a few random details that caught my eye. All were taken in or near downtown Chicago apart from my feature photo which was taken at the station in Hammond. This city borders Chicago to the south and is part of the metropolitan area, but actually lies in Indianna rather than Illinois.
I’m sharing these images of Chicago for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness. As always with these galleries, colour versions of the shots are likely to appear in future posts, and one has already done so. All were edited with Nik Silver Efex Pro.
The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Cloud Gate aka the Bean, Millennium Park
Unity Temple, Oak Park
Old and new in the South Loop, Chicago
The Chicago Water Tower, one of very few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum in the former Nickerson Mansion (1858), now surrounded by skyscrapers
The 1920s Tribune Tower
Some of the newest skyscrapers
Our one rainy morning in the city (just for a couple of hours), looking towards Downtown from River North
The downtown Chicago skyline and Millennium Park from Museum Campus
Downtown skyscrapers viewed from the river
The Tilt experience at 360 Chicago, the observation deck at 875 North Michigan Avenue
Parking ramp for 875 North Michigan Avenue, formerly the John Hancock Center
Detail of the Spearman, one of a pair of sculptures (the other is the Bowman) at the Congress Plaza entrance to Grant Park
Door hinge of St Michael’s RC Church in the Old Town neighbourhood
I visited Chicago in September 2023