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My first visit to the USA (1. Chicago)

 
 
Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 08:20 am
Well, due to the fact that I attended the A2K meeting in Chicago, I celebrated my first visit in "the new world".

My photos of the meeting are on the "gathering thread", sandwiched between many more made by different members, which really are worth lokking at.

So, here, I'll post some photos, picturing which interested me most in Chicago. (There will be other threads with some pics from the New Mexico-Colorado tour and from Albuquerque.)

Starting to post soon ...
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George
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 08:29 am
We hope you'll stop in Boston next time, Walter.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 08:30 am
George wrote:
We hope you'll stop in Boston next time, Walter.


I'll take that as an invitation, George :wink:
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 08:34 am
The view from my hotel room wasn't really spectacular (according to joefromchicago), but someone like me, from Old Europe's rural countryside, this was a promising start on early Friday morning ...

http://i4.tinypic.com/102npjd.jpg

http://i4.tinypic.com/102ns41.jpg

(I had a room in a corner - so two views :wink: )
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 08:43 am
The way to the café where we had had breakfast (see Chicago gathering thread) as well as waiting in front of the offices of the Chicago Architecture Foundation for the bus tour gave a first impression of what was waiting for me:

http://i4.tinypic.com/102ntsk.jpg

http://i4.tinypic.com/102ntww.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 08:57 am
We did the architectural tour by bus

http://i4.tinypic.com/102nztw.jpg

(Okay, ours looked a bit different)

but also walked a bit inside

http://i4.tinypic.com/102nzw4.jpg

and outside

http://i4.tinypic.com/102o01e.jpg
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:03 am
Did you meet any genuine Chicago jagoffs while you were there?
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squinney
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:05 am
So, at this point are you thinking it looks like designs are familiar or similar to old europe? ( Very Happy ) Or, considerably different in some way?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:19 am
I've met some genuine Chicago jagoffs (Joe seemed to be an excellent example :wink: ).

And a kind of "yes" to squinney's question ... if you disregard the skyscrapers - we've Art Deco here as well, if you look at the traffic etc - similar to London (only that they drive on the wrong side) ...
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:19 am
Now, back inside some building ...

http://i4.tinypic.com/102o9c9.jpg

http://i4.tinypic.com/102o9eh.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:20 am
Not only lobbies but also indoor shopping malls had a very different appeal decades ago ...

http://i4.tinypic.com/102o9r9.jpg

http://i4.tinypic.com/102ou2u.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:20 am
http://i4.tinypic.com/102ou8j.jpg

http://i4.tinypic.com/102oub5.jpg
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:22 am
Did they tell you that that canal in the center of town was originally a sewer?
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:23 am
They're dishonest about that--they call it "the Chicago River." If your nose is working properly, though, you won't be fooled.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:25 am
They did tell it ... and how they successfully solved their "sewerage problems" Laughing
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:27 am
Doesnt take much to impress a Chicagoan. Give em a sewer outfall without a lot of "brown trout" and theyll buy the pizzas
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wandeljw
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:43 am
farmerman wrote:
Doesnt take much to impress a Chicagoan. Give em a sewer outfall without a lot of "brown trout" and theyll buy the pizzas


I am not so sure about that, farmerman. After all, Dover is in Pennsylvania, not Illinois.

Walter: I like your photos of Chicago architecture. I had become jaded because I have lived in the Chicago area continuously since 1958. Your photos make everything look different.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:51 am
Looking at these photos I'm reminded somehow to churches ...

http://i4.tinypic.com/102p7ci.jpg

http://i4.tinypic.com/102p84w.jpg
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:52 am
That was/is inside the Athletic Club's lobby (if not wrong), where this tapestry, showing Chicago in all its historic beauty, is to be seen as well

http://i4.tinypic.com/102p8ae.jpg

http://i4.tinypic.com/102pb7p.jpg
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 18 May, 2006 09:58 am
Wandel-ooof to the heart you stab me. Well, cant argue with that.
Remember Dover Pa is in the "Alabama" part of Pa
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