We were thrilled with our experience with the double decker bus tour!
It is truly a great way to really see all the sights around the city. It goes slowly so you can take plenty of pictures,and the open air top gives you a great view of everything.
This is a construction site where they were going to build the tallest skyscraper in the world. They haven't worked on it in two+ years.
(all these facts are from the tour guides, so I haven't verified any of them, ha!)
A beautiful view of the city and the Chicago River. Apparently this is the only river in the world that does not flow into the nearest largest body of water. They reversed it due to excessive contamination. It now runs down to St. Louis, ha ha.
I am truly sorry that I probably won't be able to remember a lot of the buildings. :( I am not good at remembering that kind of stuff.
The Merchandise Mart. Where retailers used to come and purchase/see new products for their stores (think old mercantiles, etc). Now open to the public. I want to see this next time!
"Corncob buildings" These were built when people were leaving the cities for the suburbs. It was designed as a city within a city, with a grocery store, barber, movie theater, skating rink, etc. inside. The first 10 floors are parking. That little curvy building in the middle is the House of Blues.
Soldier Field, where the Chicago Bears play. A very ugly stadium. They renovated and put a modern looking extension on top of a very cool looking "older" type style.
Going under the bridge to Navy Pier. Some of the bridges we went under cut it very close to us. ha ha. In fact, they warned on a few that if you stand up.....um...you would be dead.
Lunch at the Rainforest Cafe downtown. Our bus tour ticket book had coupons for free kids meals! yay!
This is apparently one of the more famous places to shoot movies in Chicago. It is very enclosed with the surrounding buildings and has a "dead end" look with the large building at the end. It was used for Wayne Industries in the Batman movies. (I think that is right). It gets 2-4 hours of sunlight in the summer, and 1-2 hours of sunlight in the winter.
I got a lot more pictures, but I don't want to bore you with tons of random buildings! ha ha.