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Day 25: Millennium Park’s Crown Fountain – Chicago, IL

Chicago is right up there with San Francisco as my two favorite cities in the US. And it’s not just because I grew up in Illinois and am a die-hard Chicago sports fan.

Chicago is a major, world-class city right in the heart of the Midwest. There is almost nothing Midwest about the city, except for the attitudes of the people. The skyline is spectacular and sophisticated, and far exceeds any other skyline in the US. Unlike Atlanta, which also has some beautiful skyscrapers, the skyscrapers at the street level are generally designed to pedestrian scale and are not oriented to the automobile. Outside of the urban core, there are many great walkable neighborhoods that have 2-5 story buildings and a more cozy feel.

I shot this photo at the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, just one month after the park opened in 2004. The fountain displays the faces of Chicago and was very popular on this warm summer day. In fact, the entire park was swarming with people—but in the good way. It was a very mellow atmosphere.

I could write for days about Chicago and the park, but for sake of the series and my sanity, I won’t. However, I do want to point out one more feature about Millennium Park. The Chicago Bikestation is also located here, just a short distance from the Chicago Lakefront Path, one of the best shared use trails in the country. The downside of the Bikestation is that it’s now sponsored by McDonalds (Did I just write that? Oops.).

Per usual, I have many photos of Chicago and Millennium Park in the photo gallery, along with my photos of an architectural boat tour of the Chicago River.

This article is a part of the Exploring the Walkability of America in 30 Days photo series.

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  • wburg July 27, 2007, 2:21 pm

    Part of Chicago’s pedestrian-oriented skyscraper story is because the skyscrapers came before cars, and not the other way around. I suppose we have Louis Sullivan to thank for that!

    I was born in Skokie and like to visit in Chicago, but most of my family out there live in the suburbs. On my last trip back I discovered how much easier it is to take Metra into town than driving! Strolling to Millennium Park, with my cousin as a local guide, was a nice walk, and I took a combination of buses and the El to tramp around downtown. I’m fond of the area near Wrigley Field: it reminds me of Haight-Ashbury or Telegraph Avenue, with its many hipster-oriented businesses and heavy-duty Old Chicago charm.

  • Louisville Real Estate July 28, 2007, 10:45 am

    Great job on this series so far. The pictures are very nice, and definitely keep me coming back for more.

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