Chicago: Looking Up

Problem: It’s a hot, humid, summer day in Chicago. Gotta do some sightseeing in the short time we have there, but doing it all on foot sounds exhausting, and driving is a nightmare. Solution: Chicago has these great tour buses that zigzag all over downtown throughout the day, allowing you to get off somewhere for lunch or a museum, then hop back on another bus later to finish the loop. So, we bought tickets for the “Signature Tour”, headed for the upper deck, and enjoyed open-air views of the tall buildings.







Topping things off, the Blue Angels and some other hyperkinetic aircraft were in town, practicing for an air show on the weekend. The tour guides eventually gave up trying to keep our attention.

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Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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2 Responses to Chicago: Looking Up

  1. Kathy Eyster says:

    Tim, These are great photos! Even if the air was “thick” the light was clear! My favorites are the abstract reflections and the round tower.

    Did you shoot these from the bus or on foot? I took bus tours through Glacier Park this summer with my sister & neices & really only had “drive by shooting” opportunities. If you did this from the bus, I commend your timing! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these!

  2. Tim Messick says:

    These were all taken from the upper deck of the tour bus. Thanks to the busy city traffic, the bus was always moving slowly, and was frequently stopped (including 15 scheduled stops). Being on the upper deck gets you away from some of the street-level clutter of signs etc, also.

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