We woke up to bright sunshine on a very cold Chicago morning, with no plans until late morning so we made our way to the Willis/Sears Tower observation deck 1300′ up.
We have been there before, but not with perfectly clear skies. It turned out there was a bit of a haze along the horizon, which was amazing as a cold front had come through the night before.
The Willis Tower Skydeck’s feature is ‘The Ledge’, a Plexiglas space sticking out the side of the building where you look straight down through the Plexiglas to the street far below.
The young Mennonite (??) couple had no trepidation walking out on that, but I stayed back and took photos!
The view due north from the tower past Lincoln Park and the Lake Michigan shoreline.
The postcard view of downtown Chicago.
As with Lake Erie in Cleveland, Lake Michigan also freezes. With the winter weather going from cold to somewhat warm and back, the ice is spotty.
It was apparent as soon as we got up there with the very bright sunshine low in the sky photos looking east were tricky from the glare, but this view of Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium came out nice.
Whereas this view to the southeast had more glare but an interesting look on the water in the background.
Notice yet another 70 floor apartment building being built. Cranes are common in the skylines of Chicago.
The Carbide and Carbon Building (green building with gold top in the middle of the photo) was once one of Chicago’s tallest at just over 500′ when it was completed in 1929.
Now it is dwarfed by all the newer ones.
The view northwest along the Kennedy Expressway, which even at 10:30 in the morning had slow traffic coming into the loop.
With the bright morning sun many in this building chose to lower their shades, but from this view it almost looks as though there are numerous broken windows.
A closer view of Lincoln Park and the marina.
This unusual shaped building is the River City Apartments, designed by Bertrand Goldberg – who is most famous for designing Marina City
He apparently likes round shapes.
The Citadel Center with it’s highly reflective glass looks like a jigsaw puzzle of surrounding buildings waiting to be put together.