At the Park Hyatt Hotel
It’s not a very technically ‘good’ shot, perhaps because I expected a bit more from this place. I did much of their original outdoor planting before they opened in 2000, and know the interior quite well. Though the address is 800 N. Michigan Avenue, this entrance fronts Chicago Avenue.
The little half-block long ‘western’ Michigan Avenue is where the carriages pick up their clientele, so the horses are always there, like this lovely mare:
If you turn 180 degrees, you face the western facade of the Water Tower, which was one of only a few downtown Chicago buildings to survive the Great Fire of October 8, 1871.
At Water Tower Place
Everywhere else, it’s huge lit snowflakes and lights dripping from the ceiling…quite an arduous installation!
When you arrive at the second floor atrium, the elevators, normally see-through glass, have been covered with (from this side) several story-high “Peanuts” characters…here’s Lucy and Snoopy!
After riding to the third floor (and getting my ears re-pierced–Christmas gift to self!), I walked back over to the escalators and found this maquette of the Water Tower…nicely done by ‘unknown’!
Oh, lest I forget, I did see something I absolutely loved on the third floor…and I don’t remember which store!