Photographer's Note

The skyscraper was invented in Chicago back in 1885. Since then, many Chicago buildings were designed in a wide variety of architectural styles - from American Four-Square to International to Prarie School to Workers Cottage.

Many world-famous architects played a significant role in the development of Chicago -- rising from the ashes of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire into one of the world's largest cities and greatest collections of modern architecture.

Among the architects represented in Chicago (according to the city's website) are: Solon S. Beman, Daniel Burnham, Holabird & Roche/Root, George W. Maher, Schmidt, Garden & Martin, Mies van der Rohe, William Boyington, Walter Burley Griffin, William Le Baron Jenney, Pond & Pond, Louis H. Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gehry (under construction), Ando etc. There are personalized tours to view the Chicago Landmarks they designed.

I took this picture from the 94th floor observatory deck of the John Hancock tower facing south. The two dark triangular elements arising from the edge on the left just below the sky are inlets of Lake Michigan. The two tallest structures in the picture are the AON building (left) and the Sears tower (right).

On a clear day, you can see Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana from the 94th floor of the Hancock Tower.

Tech: picture taken with the night setting of the camera. I still don't have a tripod so I rested the camera on a ledge. Autolevels in Photoshop. BTW, I was inspired to work on my night photography after seening aalarcon's Charlotte's Downtown photo. Thanks, Agustin!

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