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Proudly referred to as "Chicago's Front Yard," Grant Park is a 319-acre public park located in Chicago's central business district in the Loop Community area. Grant Park's most notable features include Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus. #grantpark #chicago #usa #wanderingphotographers #wanderingfeet #travelgram #traveler #backpacking #travelingourplanet #travelphotography #backpacker #backpackerlife #travelawesome  #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #openmyworld #wanderlust #adventureislife #roamtheplanet #travellifestyle #solotravel #travelphotography #travelsnaps #backpacker #backpacking #backpackinglifestyle #wanderingphotographers #travelette  #wandergram #travelstoke #travellife #traveladdictedladies
Proudly referred to as "Chicago's Front Yard," Grant Park is a 319-acre public park located in Chicago's central business district in the Loop Community area. Grant Park's most notable features include Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus. #grantpark  #chicago  #usa  #wanderingphotographers  #wanderingfeet  #travelgram  #traveler  #backpacking  #travelingourplanet  #travelphotography  #backpacker  #backpackerlife  #travelawesome  #goexplore  #wonderfulplaces  #openmyworld  #wanderlust  #adventureislife  #roamtheplanet  #travellifestyle  #solotravel  #travelphotography  #travelsnaps  #backpacker  #backpacking  #backpackinglifestyle  #wanderingphotographers  #travelette  #wandergram  #travelstoke  #travellife  #traveladdictedladies 
Things about Navy Pier Ferris Wheel:
1.Nearly 16 million people have experienced the Ferris wheel since it opened in 1995.
2.Dutch Wheels based in Vlodrop, Netherlands is the designer of the new wheel. Dutch Wheels is a global leader in standalone giant wheels. Ferris wheels designed by Dutch Wheels can be found in well-known tourist locations throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Dutch Wheels designs, manufactures, and sells wheels to leisure developments in tourist areas while working with local entrepreneurs, local authorities, real estate developers and architects.
3.Dutch Wheels is the manufacturer of Navy Pier’s old Ferris wheel. Dutch Wheels is a member of the Vekoma Rides Company which manufactured Navy Pier’s old Ferris wheel in the ’90s.
3. Navy Pier’s new Ferris wheel is 196 feet high and has 42 gondolas. The old Ferris wheel stood at 147 feet high and had 40 gondolas.
4.The new wheel is the same model as the Hong Kong Observation Wheel. The Hong Kong Observation Wheel opened in December 2014 and was structurally strengthened for the typhoon winds in Hong Kong. The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel benefited from the additional structural strength because of Chicago’s harsh weather conditions.
5.The gondolas will be climate controlled and have a higher passenger capacity. The gondolas are closed, air conditioned and have special Low-e High Tech safety glass to ensure an optimum climate inside. Each gondola seats up to eight adults and two children. The wheel can hold a maximum load of 414 passengers at once.
6.The gondolas will be colored ‘Navy Pier blue.’ The old Ferris wheel gondolas were red, but the new Ferris wheel will match Navy Pier’s signature blue color.
7.The gondolas will have a multimedia entertainment system. Inside each gondola, there is an entertainment system with interactive video screens that will play interesting facts during the ride.
8.The new Navy Pier Ferris Wheel will be equipped with individual seats. The old Ferris wheel has bench seats which have been used in previous Ferris wheel models and in most giant wheels throughout the world. But the new Navy Pier Ferris Wheel will have individual seating.
Things about Navy Pier Ferris Wheel: 1.Nearly 16 million people have experienced the Ferris wheel since it opened in 1995. 2.Dutch Wheels based in Vlodrop, Netherlands is the designer of the new wheel. Dutch Wheels is a global leader in standalone giant wheels. Ferris wheels designed by Dutch Wheels can be found in well-known tourist locations throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Dutch Wheels designs, manufactures, and sells wheels to leisure developments in tourist areas while working with local entrepreneurs, local authorities, real estate developers and architects. 3.Dutch Wheels is the manufacturer of Navy Pier’s old Ferris wheel. Dutch Wheels is a member of the Vekoma Rides Company which manufactured Navy Pier’s old Ferris wheel in the ’90s. 3. Navy Pier’s new Ferris wheel is 196 feet high and has 42 gondolas. The old Ferris wheel stood at 147 feet high and had 40 gondolas. 4.The new wheel is the same model as the Hong Kong Observation Wheel. The Hong Kong Observation Wheel opened in December 2014 and was structurally strengthened for the typhoon winds in Hong Kong. The Navy Pier Ferris Wheel benefited from the additional structural strength because of Chicago’s harsh weather conditions. 5.The gondolas will be climate controlled and have a higher passenger capacity. The gondolas are closed, air conditioned and have special Low-e High Tech safety glass to ensure an optimum climate inside. Each gondola seats up to eight adults and two children. The wheel can hold a maximum load of 414 passengers at once. 6.The gondolas will be colored ‘Navy Pier blue.’ The old Ferris wheel gondolas were red, but the new Ferris wheel will match Navy Pier’s signature blue color. 7.The gondolas will have a multimedia entertainment system. Inside each gondola, there is an entertainment system with interactive video screens that will play interesting facts during the ride. 8.The new Navy Pier Ferris Wheel will be equipped with individual seats. The old Ferris wheel has bench seats which have been used in previous Ferris wheel models and in most giant wheels throughout the world. But the new Navy Pier Ferris Wheel will have individual seating.
Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago, with its signature black aluminum and bronze-tinted glare-reducing glass, was the tallest building in the world for nearly 25 years. Completed in 1974, Willis Tower set the standard for supertall skyscrapers around the globe, both in its innovative design and graceful styling. With 416,000 square meters of space, the building is comparatively large for its height, with its foundation and the first 50 floors taking up an entire city block before the building begins to narrow.

The step-back design of the structure was designed by the architects as a direct result of Sears’ space requirements. The designers were required to develop a building that incorporated not only very large office floors, which were necessary to Sears’ operation, but also a variety of smaller floors which would be more suitable for tenants requiring less floor area. These requirements resulted in a bundled tube structure, the first of its kind. This innovative design was not only structurally efficient, but it also managed to be economical as well. It has proven to be a remarkably influential design typology, and has been used in most supertall buildings built since the Willis Tower, including the Burj Khalifa. 
An assortment of features has kept the tower active, inviting, and efficient over its operational life. An undulating Alexander Calder sculpture greets office workers in the west lobby. Meanwhile, a 2009 addition to the observation deck affords visitors with vertigo-inducing views of Chicago via “The Ledge,” a series of boxes with transparent floors that extrude from the top of the building. Although the Willis Tower was built in an age before sustainable design matured, the building’s owners have recently implemented several sustainable elements, including low-flow fixtures that conserve more than 38 million liters of water annually, and high-efficiency lighting systems that help curb electrical load.
Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago, with its signature black aluminum and bronze-tinted glare-reducing glass, was the tallest building in the world for nearly 25 years. Completed in 1974, Willis Tower set the standard for supertall skyscrapers around the globe, both in its innovative design and graceful styling. With 416,000 square meters of space, the building is comparatively large for its height, with its foundation and the first 50 floors taking up an entire city block before the building begins to narrow. The step-back design of the structure was designed by the architects as a direct result of Sears’ space requirements. The designers were required to develop a building that incorporated not only very large office floors, which were necessary to Sears’ operation, but also a variety of smaller floors which would be more suitable for tenants requiring less floor area. These requirements resulted in a bundled tube structure, the first of its kind. This innovative design was not only structurally efficient, but it also managed to be economical as well. It has proven to be a remarkably influential design typology, and has been used in most supertall buildings built since the Willis Tower, including the Burj Khalifa. An assortment of features has kept the tower active, inviting, and efficient over its operational life. An undulating Alexander Calder sculpture greets office workers in the west lobby. Meanwhile, a 2009 addition to the observation deck affords visitors with vertigo-inducing views of Chicago via “The Ledge,” a series of boxes with transparent floors that extrude from the top of the building. Although the Willis Tower was built in an age before sustainable design matured, the building’s owners have recently implemented several sustainable elements, including low-flow fixtures that conserve more than 38 million liters of water annually, and high-efficiency lighting systems that help curb electrical load.
The two major buildings on the Navy Pier, Headhouse and Auditorium - both designed by the architect Charles Summer Frost and constructed in 1916 - have survived its ups and downs.

The most western building, a brick and terra cotta building with two prominent towers is the Navy Pier Headhouse. The name was derived from the area, which at the time was known as the Headlands. Each tower housed a huge 2-million liter tank for the fire sprinkler system. The Headhouse is now home to Chicago's children museum. #navypier #navypierchicago #chicago #usa #wanderingphotographers #wanderingfeet #travelgram #traveler #backpacking #travelingourplanet #travelphotography #backpacker #backpackerlife #travelawesome  #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #openmyworld #wanderlust #adventureislife #roamtheplanet #travellifestyle #solotravel #travelphotography #travelsnaps #backpacker #backpacking #backpackinglifestyle #wanderingphotographers #travelette  #wandergram #travelstoke #travellife #traveladdictedladies
The two major buildings on the Navy Pier, Headhouse and Auditorium - both designed by the architect Charles Summer Frost and constructed in 1916 - have survived its ups and downs. The most western building, a brick and terra cotta building with two prominent towers is the Navy Pier Headhouse. The name was derived from the area, which at the time was known as the Headlands. Each tower housed a huge 2-million liter tank for the fire sprinkler system. The Headhouse is now home to Chicago's children museum. #navypier  #navypierchicago  #chicago  #usa  #wanderingphotographers  #wanderingfeet  #travelgram  #traveler  #backpacking  #travelingourplanet  #travelphotography  #backpacker  #backpackerlife  #travelawesome  #goexplore  #wonderfulplaces  #openmyworld  #wanderlust  #adventureislife  #roamtheplanet  #travellifestyle  #solotravel  #travelphotography  #travelsnaps  #backpacker  #backpacking  #backpackinglifestyle  #wanderingphotographers  #travelette  #wandergram  #travelstoke  #travellife  #traveladdictedladies 
Garrett Popcorn Shops®; offer handcrafted, artisanal popcorn in nine countries and on the garrettpopcorn.com website. Since 1949, the company has established itself with Sweet and Savory confectionary flavors, including the combination of its CaramelCrisp®; and CheeseCorn recipes famously born in Chicago and known as Garrett Mix®. The company’s other flavors include chocolate offerings and country-specific recipes. #garrettpopcorn #garrettchicago #popcorn #chicago #usa #wanderingphotographers #wanderingfeet #travelgram #traveler #backpacking #travelingourplanet #travelphotography #backpacker #backpackerlife #travelawesome  #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #openmyworld #wanderlust #adventureislife #roamtheplanet #travellifestyle #solotravel #travelphotography #travelsnaps #backpacker #backpacking #backpackinglifestyle #wanderingphotographers #travelette  #wandergram #travelstoke #travellife #traveladdictedladies
Garrett Popcorn Shops®; offer handcrafted, artisanal popcorn in nine countries and on the garrettpopcorn.com website. Since 1949, the company has established itself with Sweet and Savory confectionary flavors, including the combination of its CaramelCrisp®; and CheeseCorn recipes famously born in Chicago and known as Garrett Mix®. The company’s other flavors include chocolate offerings and country-specific recipes. #garrettpopcorn  #garrettchicago  #popcorn  #chicago  #usa  #wanderingphotographers  #wanderingfeet  #travelgram  #traveler  #backpacking  #travelingourplanet  #travelphotography  #backpacker  #backpackerlife  #travelawesome  #goexplore  #wonderfulplaces  #openmyworld  #wanderlust  #adventureislife  #roamtheplanet  #travellifestyle  #solotravel  #travelphotography  #travelsnaps  #backpacker  #backpacking  #backpackinglifestyle  #wanderingphotographers  #travelette  #wandergram  #travelstoke  #travellife  #traveladdictedladies 
Ten to twelve years ago the City of Chicago offered free trolley service from Michigan Avenue and State Street to the Museum Campus.  You can catch the FREE Trolley departing from Michigan Avenue at the Water Tower Pumping Station, on the South side of Pearson Street, just East of Michigan Avenue. It’s a straight shot to the Randolph Street Market Festival making round trips every hour on the hour. #chicagotrolley #magnificentmile #chicago #usa #wanderingphotographers #wanderingfeet #travelgram #traveler #backpacking #travelingourplanet #travelphotography #backpacker #backpackerlife #travelawesome  #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #openmyworld #wanderlust #adventureislife #roamtheplanet #travellifestyle #solotravel #travelphotography #travelsnaps #backpacker #backpacking #backpackinglifestyle #wanderingphotographers #travelette  #wandergram #travelstoke #travellife #traveladdictedladies
Ten to twelve years ago the City of Chicago offered free trolley service from Michigan Avenue and State Street to the Museum Campus. You can catch the FREE Trolley departing from Michigan Avenue at the Water Tower Pumping Station, on the South side of Pearson Street, just East of Michigan Avenue. It’s a straight shot to the Randolph Street Market Festival making round trips every hour on the hour. #chicagotrolley  #magnificentmile  #chicago  #usa  #wanderingphotographers  #wanderingfeet  #travelgram  #traveler  #backpacking  #travelingourplanet  #travelphotography  #backpacker  #backpackerlife  #travelawesome  #goexplore  #wonderfulplaces  #openmyworld  #wanderlust  #adventureislife  #roamtheplanet  #travellifestyle  #solotravel  #travelphotography  #travelsnaps  #backpacker  #backpacking  #backpackinglifestyle  #wanderingphotographers  #travelette  #wandergram  #travelstoke  #travellife  #traveladdictedladies 
A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. I miss you Nanay. #missingmom #mominheaven #restinpeacemom #loveumom #foreverinmyheart
Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull - the Chicago Blackhawks' greatest players - are now permanently linked to the team's current home, the United Center. Their life-sized bronze statues were unveiled on Saturday, October 22, 2011, before the Hawks took on the Colorado Avalanche, as the famed Michael Jordan statue located not too far away picked up a couple of neighbors wearing hockey skates.

Stan and Bobby are standing guard outside the northeast corner of the building, right outside Gate 3-1/2, and they're perfectly placed for fans to snap pictures while remembering two of Chicago's most famous sports icons.

The statues are life sized and were sculpted by the Rotblatt/Amrany Fine Art Studio. Hull and Mikita are depicted in action, right down to the tape on their hockey socks and laces tied exactly the way they were years earlier.

Hull is following through on a slap shot, while Mikita's stick is at the ready – his stick blade even having the curve to it that he made famous. #chicagoblackhawks #unitedcenter #chicago #usa #wanderingphotographers #wanderingfeet #travelgram #traveler #backpacking #travelingourplanet #travelphotography #backpacker #backpackerlife #travelawesome  #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #openmyworld #wanderlust #adventureislife #roamtheplanet #travellifestyle #solotravel #travelphotography #travelsnaps #backpacker #backpacking #backpackinglifestyle #wanderingphotographers #travelette  #wandergram #travelstoke #travellife #traveladdictedladies
Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull - the Chicago Blackhawks' greatest players - are now permanently linked to the team's current home, the United Center. Their life-sized bronze statues were unveiled on Saturday, October 22, 2011, before the Hawks took on the Colorado Avalanche, as the famed Michael Jordan statue located not too far away picked up a couple of neighbors wearing hockey skates. Stan and Bobby are standing guard outside the northeast corner of the building, right outside Gate 3-1/2, and they're perfectly placed for fans to snap pictures while remembering two of Chicago's most famous sports icons. The statues are life sized and were sculpted by the Rotblatt/Amrany Fine Art Studio. Hull and Mikita are depicted in action, right down to the tape on their hockey socks and laces tied exactly the way they were years earlier. Hull is following through on a slap shot, while Mikita's stick is at the ready – his stick blade even having the curve to it that he made famous. #chicagoblackhawks  #unitedcenter  #chicago  #usa  #wanderingphotographers  #wanderingfeet  #travelgram  #traveler  #backpacking  #travelingourplanet  #travelphotography  #backpacker  #backpackerlife  #travelawesome  #goexplore  #wonderfulplaces  #openmyworld  #wanderlust  #adventureislife  #roamtheplanet  #travellifestyle  #solotravel  #travelphotography  #travelsnaps  #backpacker  #backpacking  #backpackinglifestyle  #wanderingphotographers  #travelette  #wandergram  #travelstoke  #travellife  #traveladdictedladies 
The fountain has nothing to do with Buckingham Palace, as believed by many due to the synonymy. It is named after its wealthy benefactor, Kate Buckingham, who dedicated it on May 26, 1927, as a memorial for her late brother, Clarence.

Clarence Buckingham, born in 1854, was the eldest of three and moved to Chicago with the rest of his family while still a young boy. His father founded a firm building and operating grain elevators and quickly became one of the wealthier businessmen in the area.

Clarence followed on his steps and showed particular interest in art and culture. Unfortunately, he died unexpectedly in 1913. His untimely demise was a shock to both his family and his fellow citizens. #buckinghamfountain #grantpark #chicago #usa #wanderingphotographers #wanderingfeet #travelgram #traveler #backpacking #travelingourplanet #travelphotography #backpacker #backpackerlife #travelawesome  #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #openmyworld #wanderlust #adventureislife #roamtheplanet #travellifestyle #solotravel #travelphotography #travelsnaps #backpacker #backpacking #backpackinglifestyle #wanderingphotographers #travelette  #wandergram #travelstoke #travellife #traveladdictedladies
The fountain has nothing to do with Buckingham Palace, as believed by many due to the synonymy. It is named after its wealthy benefactor, Kate Buckingham, who dedicated it on May 26, 1927, as a memorial for her late brother, Clarence. Clarence Buckingham, born in 1854, was the eldest of three and moved to Chicago with the rest of his family while still a young boy. His father founded a firm building and operating grain elevators and quickly became one of the wealthier businessmen in the area. Clarence followed on his steps and showed particular interest in art and culture. Unfortunately, he died unexpectedly in 1913. His untimely demise was a shock to both his family and his fellow citizens. #buckinghamfountain  #grantpark  #chicago  #usa  #wanderingphotographers  #wanderingfeet  #travelgram  #traveler  #backpacking  #travelingourplanet  #travelphotography  #backpacker  #backpackerlife  #travelawesome  #goexplore  #wonderfulplaces  #openmyworld  #wanderlust  #adventureislife  #roamtheplanet  #travellifestyle  #solotravel  #travelphotography  #travelsnaps  #backpacker  #backpacking  #backpackinglifestyle  #wanderingphotographers  #travelette  #wandergram  #travelstoke  #travellife  #traveladdictedladies 
Foggy Windy City: Fog consists of visible cloud water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth's surface. Fog can be considered a type of low-lying cloud and is heavily influenced by nearby bodies of water, topography, and wind conditions. #chicago #usa #wanderingphotographers #wanderingfeet #travelgram #traveler #backpacking #travelingourplanet #travelphotography #backpacker #backpackerlife #travelawesome  #goexplore #wonderfulplaces #openmyworld #wanderlust #adventureislife #roamtheplanet #travellifestyle #solotravel #travelphotography #travelsnaps #backpacker #backpacking #backpackinglifestyle #wanderingphotographers #travelette  #wandergram #travelstoke #travellife #traveladdictedladies
Foggy Windy City: Fog consists of visible cloud water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth's surface. Fog can be considered a type of low-lying cloud and is heavily influenced by nearby bodies of water, topography, and wind conditions. #chicago  #usa  #wanderingphotographers  #wanderingfeet  #travelgram  #traveler  #backpacking  #travelingourplanet  #travelphotography  #backpacker  #backpackerlife  #travelawesome  #goexplore  #wonderfulplaces  #openmyworld  #wanderlust  #adventureislife  #roamtheplanet  #travellifestyle  #solotravel  #travelphotography  #travelsnaps  #backpacker  #backpacking  #backpackinglifestyle  #wanderingphotographers  #travelette  #wandergram  #travelstoke  #travellife  #traveladdictedladies