Michigan Avenue (DuSable) Bridge
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Made by jlurie
Many people don't know the symbolism behind the flag of Chicago. For those who don't know, or those who need a refresher, here is the explanation from Wikipedia. Click here for the entire explanation. Stripes The three white stripes of the flag represent, from top to bottom, the North, West and South sides of the city. The top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River. The bottom blue stripe represents the South Branch of the Chicago River and the Great Canal. Stars The four red six-pointed stars on the center white stripe, from left to right (although this is not the order in which they were added to the flag). Six-pointed stars are used because five-pointed stars represent sovereign states, and because the star as designed is not found on any other flags. The first star represents Fort Dearborn. It was added to the flag in 1939. Its six points symbolize transportation, labor, commerce, finance, populousness, and salubrity. The second star stands for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and is original to the 1917 design of the flag. Its six points represent the virtues of religion, education, aesthetics, justice, beneficence, and civic pride. The third star symbolizes the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, and is original to the 1917 design. Its six points stand for political entities Chicago has belonged to and the flags that have flown over the area: France 1693, Great Britain 1763, Virginia 1778, the Northwest Territory 1798, Indiana Territory 1802, and Illinois 1818. The fourth star represents the Century of Progress Exposition (1933–1934), and was added in 1933. Its points refer to bragging rights: the United States' 2nd Largest City (became 3rd largest in 1990 census when passed by L.A.), Chicago's Latin Motto (Urbs in horto – City in a garden), Chicago's I Will Motto, Great Central Marketplace, Wonder City, Convention City. A possible fifth star has been proposed for the city flag on more than one occasion. The first occasion occurred in the 1940s when a letter to the Chicago Tribune asked that a fifth star to be added to the city flag in honor of going to the nuclear age. On another occasion, it was proposed in honor of Harold Washington, the first African-American mayor of Chicago. A fifth star was discussed for the Chicago Flood that occurred in 1992. A proposal was put forward by the 2016 Olympic Games Bid Committee; if the bid to host the games had been successful, a fifth star may have been added to the flag, however the Olympic bid was lost to Rio de Janeiro.
Michigan Avenue Bridge & Wrigley Building
Made by Thad Roan - Bridgepix
The Michigan Avenue Bridge is a bascule bridge that carries Michigan Avenue across the main stem of the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The bridge was constructed between 1918 and 1920 as part of a scheme to link Chicago's south side and north side parks with a grand boulevard. It is an early example of a fixed trunnion bascule bridge, which later became widely known as a Chicago style bascule; it is part of the Michigan–Wacker Historic District and is a Chicago Landmark. (Wikipedia) The Wrigley Building (400-410 North Michigan Avenue, Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois) is a skyscraper located directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower on the Magnificent Mile. It was built to house the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company. When ground was broken for the Wrigley Building in 1920, there were no major office buildings north of the Chicago River and the Michigan Avenue Bridge, which spans the river just south of the building was still under construction. The land was selected by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. to headquarter his gum company. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville's Cathedral combined with French Renaissance details. The 425-foot (130 m) south tower was completed in April 1921 and the north tower in May 1924. Walkways between the towers were added at the ground level and the third floor. In 1931, another walkway was added at the fourteenth floor to connect to offices of a bank in accordance with a Chicago statute concerning bank branch offices. The two towers, not including the levels below Michigan Avenue, have a combined area of 453,433 square feet (42,125.3 m2). The two towers are of differing heights, with the south tower rising to 30 stories and the north tower to 21 stories. On the south tower is a clock with faces pointing in all directions. Each face is 19 feet 7 inches (5.97 m) in diameter. The building is clad in glazed terra-cotta, which provides its gleaming white façade. On occasion, the entire building is hand washed to preserve the terra cotta. At night, the building is brightly lit with floodlights. The Wrigley Building was Chicago’s first air-conditioned office building. If one walks through the center doors, they will find themselves in a secluded park area overlooking the Chicago River. (Wikipedia)
Made by Bert Kaufmann
The Chicago River is a river that runs 156 miles (251 km) and flows through Chicago, including Downtown Chicago, also known as the Chicago Loop. Though not especially long, the river is notable for the 19th century civil engineering feats that directed its flow south, away from Lake Michigan, into which it previously emptied, and towards the Mississippi River basin. This was done for reasons of sanitation. The river is also noted for the local custom of dyeing it green on St. Patrick's Day. Originally, the river flowed into Lake Michigan. Its course jogged southward from the present river to avoid a baymouth bar, entering the lake at about the level of present day Madison Street. Today, the Main Stem of the Chicago River flows due west from Lake Michigan, past the Wrigley Building and the Merchandise Mart to Kinzie Street, where it meets the North Branch of the river. The North Branch is formed by the West Fork, the East Fork (also known as the Skokie River) and the Middle Fork, which join into the North Branch at Morton Grove, Illinois. From downtown, the river flows south along the South Branch, and into the Illinois and Michigan Canal and Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. From there, the water flows into the Des Plaines River and eventually reaches the Gulf of Mexico.
A Press of Peoples. Magnificent Mile Bridge over the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Made by Rana Pipiens
This is the bridge across the Chicago River on the Magnificent Mile. To the left the Wrigley Building (1920) and to the far right the Tribune Tower (1925), well-known for incorporating in its facade stones from many great buildings of the world. There's an almost continuous press of peoples across this bridge whether on foot or in busses, taxis and private cars. It's amazing how well everyone from a multitude of climes and nations melds into one great moving humanity... All was once not so. Here around 1800 stood Fort Dearborn. The sculptured monument immediately to my left - you just can't see it - is called 'Defense'. It was made by Henry Hering (1874-1949) to memorialise an awful event of the War of 1812. A group of settlers under the command of Captain Wells abandoned the fort, was set apon by native Americans, and killed. The sculpture shows a dreadful scene of killing and death in the heroic style. The description has words such as 'Cherishing Martyrs' and 'Brutally massacred by the Indians'. Normal sentiments for the times of Henry Hering. Today we're more conscious of the problem of various peoples laying claim to the same lands... and to the press on morality that causes. The flags are those of the USA, the City of Chicago, and the State of Illinois.
Made by Millron
Hitting the archives today for this one. This is a shot of Chicago, taken from the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River. The notable thing about this shot, at least for me personally, is that building on the right... the one with the angled roof. That used to be known as the RR Donnelley Building and I worked on the 12th floor. RR Donnelley is the world's largest printing company. I commuted every week from Portland to Chicago for several years before they finally moved us there. Almost immediately I was floating resumes back to Oregon. I've been back for 7 years now and have lots of good memories, but I haven't missed living there for a second. There are a few other notable things about the Donnelley Building. It has been used in several movies. It was prominently featured in The Negotiator with Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson. They filmed that during my commuter days and I was in fact living in an apartment building in the same block. Julia Roberts walked across the lobby of the building for a scene in Erin Brockovich. Also, in The Firm with Tom Cruise, they shot the law firm boardroom scenes in the Donnelley Library which was on the 8th floor. A couple of years ago, Donnelley moved to a building near the Sears Tower.
michigan avenue bridge
Made by shapeshift
The Michigan Avenue Bridge is a bascule bridge that carries Michigan Avenue across the Chicago River, the boundary between the Loop and Near North Side community areas, in downtown Chicago. It lies at the foot of the Magnificent Mile, between the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower to the north and the London Guarantee Building and 333 North Michigan across Wacker Drive to the south, and it is part of the Michigan/Wacker Historic District. A bascule bridge is a moveable bridge with a counterweight that continuously balances the span, or leaf, throughout the entire upward swing in providing clearance for boat traffic. Bascule is a French term for seesaw and balance, and bascule bridges operate along the same principle. They are the most common type of movable bridge in existence because they open quickly and require relatively little energy to operate. Bascule bridges may be single or double leaf. The Michigan Ave Bridge is a double leaf bridge which usually have a truss structure and counterweights below the deck, while a single leaf bridge is typically a truss bridge with an elevated counterweight.
Wrigley Building, Chicago
Made by iCamPix.Net
FRONT PAGE EXPLORE August 17, 2009 Explore # 2 The Wrigley Building is a skyscraper located directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower on the Magnificent Mile. It was built to house the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company. The Chewing Gum Company. The 425-foot south tower was completed in April 1921 and the north tower in May 1924.The two towers are of differing heights, with the south tower rising to 30 stories and the north tower to 21 stories. On the south tower is a clock with faces pointing in all directions. Each face is 19 feet 7 inches (6.0 m) in diameter. The building is clad in glazed terra-cotta, which provides its gleaming white façade. On occasion, the entire building is hand washed to preserve the terra cotta. At night, the building is brightly lit with floodlights.The Wrigley Building was Chicago’s first air-conditioned office building. wiki To view more of my photos click below. www.icampix.net/
Lower Michigan Avenue Nightmare
Made by kern.justin
Hey flickr friends - Check out the blog at www.thewindypixel.com! Driving along lower Wacker and lower Michigan Avenue is a reminder that this great city of ours throbs above and below ground. I once drove a delivery truck for a small patio furniture company and had to make a stop at Marina City. To avoid taking a truck through rush hour on the Kennedy, I took the owner's family van. The delivery had to be made through the basement, which meant we had to decend another level below Chicago's lower avenues. There were remnants of old railroad tracks jutting six inches out of the pavement and potholes in which you could have buried a car ... and we almost did. I always felt these places were especially creepy at night - and I can only imagine how driving through them must feel if you are claustrophobic. I imagine it is a little something like this. By the way, a shout out to !, whose flickr work is amongst my top 3 favorites and is the Droste master.
Michigan Avenue bridge and Tribune Tower
Made by spudart
Such ominous clouds form overhead the gothic Tribune Tower giving a batman-esque feel. What I really enjoy about this photo is closeness of the Michigan Avenue bridge framing the left side of the photo. It brings out such texture and tactile qualities to the scene. The Chicago River also has a fantastic shimmer. It's certainly not frozen, because this was photographed in the dead heat of August. And then there's a little mix of contemporary buildings as the Hancock Center appears just to the left of the Tribune Tower (And Hotel Intercontinental). And then to the right of the Tribune Tower is the new condo construction called Avenue East. Higher-resolution print available at: www.deviantart.com/print/1935488
Made by Matthew Crowley Photography
I participated in Scott Kelby's Fourth Annual Worldwide Photo Walk, this weekend, in Chicago. There were over 1100 photo walks and over 28,000 photographers, around the world, participating this weekend. My friends Jeff, Dan and I did several different photo walks in the city. These photos are from our Michigan Ave., State St., Loop walk. We started at the Marilyn Monroe Statue, in front of the NBC building and made our way down through the Loop and ended at the Water Tower Building. I always want to do some shooting in Chicago, but never have the time or excuse to. This was the perfect opportunity to do so. I also got a lot of fresh perspectives on shooting and got some excellent candids and street photography over the course of the weekend.
Michigan Avenue bridge being raised again for the sailboats
Made by spudart
This time around I thought I¹d shoot the scene with the heat absorbing blinds we have. I sit on the south side of the Tribune Tower, and the blazing sun heats up this side of the building to a furnance. Then the north side of the building is like sitting in the north pole. A couple years ago they installed these heat blinds to help maintain the temperature. I normally always have my binds up, but I tell ya when that autumn/winter sun comes in, the sun is mighty powerful. I love love the wonder scene outside my window. It's been called one of the world's greatest public spaces. And I get to look at it all day! But i'm also thankful for the heat blinds to help me from getting blinded from our bright buddy in the sky.
593887_Michigan Ave Bridge, Chicago, IL
Made by remove
Title of original NARA item 593887: Photograph of Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1951. Original NARA photo from US Information Agency archives. This photo was taken by Arlen Parsa on January 7th, 2011 at the same location (just north of the Michigan Avenue bridge in Chicago, Illinois). There is a lot more traffic in the morning now, as you can see. Note to NARA judges: For some reason, Flickr is not showing the original size of the photo for download. If you want the original resolution photo (3264 × 2448 not the 1024 x 768 that Flickr shows), just send me an email: arlen (dot) parsa (at) gmail (dot) com.
Summer has started! The Chicago River bridges are opening for boats
Made by spudart
And they opened both parts of the bridge. The past few years they've only been opening one side. This was the fastest bridge opening I ever saw in my 11 years at the Tribune. They started closing the bridge just after the last boat went through. There were only two boats going through. Can you imagine if they opened the bridges just for one boat? As far as I know this is truly the first bridge opening of 2011. Earlier this morning I commented on how this tugboat was going through and how that might signal that the bridges will start opening. Sure enough a few hours later, the bridges opened. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Made by Viewminder
Taking pictures with a great bunch of flickerites on March 5th I noticed these newspapers dissolving on some rocks in a fenced off area beneath the stairs that led up to upper Michigan Avenue after we walked underneath the bridge that crosses the Chicago River. Because it was fenced off the newspapers layed there completely undisturbed in the elements. I met some fun and enthusiastic photographers who braved the snow and cold that day to enjoy the Chicago Area Photowalk that PicsByRobert organized. It was good to meet all of you... and thanks for setting everything up Robert!
South Tower of the Wrigley Building
Made by josefrancisco.salgado
The Wrigley Building (410 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL) was built to house the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville's Cathedral combined with French Renaissance details. The 425 foot south tower (shown here) was completed in April 1921 and the north tower in May 1924. On the south tower is a clock with faces pointing in all directions. Each face is 19' 7 in dia. [Source: Wikipedia] © José Francisco Salgado, PhD
Wabash bridge opens for Chicago River boats
Made by spudart
This is my first time catching the Wabash bridge going up! I was looking out my window and marveling how how milky white the river looks today. Normally it's very pitch dark with fog and overcast. But today it's sooo light. I got up on top of my desk to take a picture and much to my surprise there were sailboats in the river and the Wabash bridge was up. I exclaimed to everyone at work, here come the boats! I love the boats on the Chicago River. Actually, I don't love the boats. I love the bridges that open. The boats are just nice cuz they enable the bridges to open.
Blue Hour at the Cityfront
Made by setholiver1
this blue hour image was captured the night before the supermoon event...earlier that night, the moon was partially covered by thin clouds but it eventually cleared up and i was able to capture several moon shots that night...this scene was shot on the DuSable Bridge along Michigan Avenue looking east towards Lake Michigan...love the reflections of the lights on the Chicago River in this scene...i wanted to do a bulb exposure but the passing traffic on the bridge was causing too much vibration that a really long exposure was kind of difficult to do...pls. do try to
Mather Tower and Crescent Moon
Made by josefrancisco.salgado
Mather Tower is located at 75 East Wacker Drive, Chicago. Completed in 1928, the 41-story building rises 521 feet. The slender, octagonally-shaped upper section of the building has the smallest floors of any of Chicago's skyscrapers. Mather Tower was designed by architect Herbert Hugh Riddle to serve as the headquarters for the Mather Stock Car Company, which manufactured rail cars, especially for transporting livestock. [Source: Wikipedia.] © 2007 José Francisco Salgado, PhD
union carbide tower
Made by corsi photo
The Carbide and Carbon building, built in 1929 (right before the Great Depression) as the regional headquarters for Union Carbide and Carbon, was designed by Daniel and Hubert Burnham, sons of the famous Chicago architect and city planner Daniel H. Burnham. Although the Art Deco building looks entirely black, only the base is black polished granite while the tower is covered in a dark green terra cotta. The tower is highlighted terra cotta covered in 24K gold.
The ice on the frozen Chicago River has not been broken up yet by the police boats. Perfect ice.
Made by spudart
When the Chicago River freezes over, usually the police boat comes and breaks up the ice. I'm not sure if it's for security reasons (people thinking they can walk on the ice?) or if it's to help the embankments from cracking (ice expanding), or maybe the police just like to have fun and break ice. I like it when the ice is not all broken up. I mean, i like it still when it's broken up. But it's nice when it's a flat white scene.
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Former site of Fort Dearborn
Hotel Hyatt Regency Chicago
The Wrigley Building
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