On Washington Street just west of Michigan Avenue, Toni’s La Patisserie windows are filled with Christmasy edibles!
Okay, you can all stop drooling!
(I think I gained five pounds just taking these shots!)
…while walking up Van Buren Street to the Harold Washington Library, I noticed this odd reflection in the back window of an SUV:
Just a few steps later, I saw this plaque:
Here’s a look up at The Buckingham facade, with the CNA Insurance building reflected in its windows:
The CNA Center, at the northeast corner of Van Buren and Wabash Streets, is 600 feet tall with 44 stories…I got a little dizzy looking up to take some shots!
After I finished at the library, I walked up to Madison and Dearborn Streets to pay my phone bill.
Just across Van Buren stands the Chase Bank Tower, but I haven’t processed those shots yet because…
Here’s a closer-up shot in color:
(to be continued)
At American Girl Place
(in Water Tower Place)
And then…the DOLLS!
As I understand, these dolls are very coveted by little girls, and you can purchase a ‘girl-size’ matching outfit for your daughter!
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!
At 900 North Michigan Shops
Let’s go inside!
At Bernardaud Fine China
Let’s take a closer look at that spectacular cup and saucer!
At Michael Kors
At United Colors of Bennetton
At Christofle of Paris
But the ‘big draw’ this time of year at 900 North Michigan Shops is on the second floor!
So, look with me, even closer!
Alas, it was time to leave, so I took one last look as I made a ‘wish’ for all my followers to have a beautiful Christmas season, and that we may all have a very prosperous New Year!
At the InterContinental Hotel
I had designed and hand-painted large floral vases for the InterContinental back when I was working for a Special Events firm here, but had never had the opportunity to step inside. I’m so glad I did, and shall return, as the building has quite a fascinating history, and some wonderful public rooms.