Best Places to View the Chicago Cityscape
Oct31

Best Places to View the Chicago Cityscape

Home to the first skyscraper, Chicago, Illinois, set a precedent of what can be accomplished with imagination, perseverance, and a little bit of iron and steel. Architectural visionaries and engineering geniuses pioneered the way, creating the blueprints of what is now Chicago’s remarkable cityscape. Here at Expedia Viewfinder, examining and learning about architecture is one of our favorite ways to explore any location. Because its...

Read More
Your OHC Photos: Lombard Spy Matt
Oct21

Your OHC Photos: Lombard Spy Matt

Lombard Spy Matt was in attendance at Open House Chicago this past weekend.  He’s also among the shutterbugs who sent in their photographs from the Chicago Architecture Foundation event for us to share with you. Enjoy the show below.  And if you have any pictures to share, e-mail them to...

Read More
Your OHCPhotos: Logan Square Spy Daniel
Oct21

Your OHCPhotos: Logan Square Spy Daniel

Logan Square Spy Daniel was first out of the box to share his Open House Chicago photographs with us. It’ll be a few weeks before all those sign-in sheets are tallied and the Chicago Architecture Foundation can figure out how many people attended this year’s event.  Last year was 55,000.  This year’s goal was 60,000. Check out Daniel’s photos below.  And if you have any pictures to share, e-mail them to...

Read More
Slice of Life: Bright Lights, Big City
Oct20

Slice of Life: Bright Lights, Big City

As much as we dread Chicago winters, they make for spectacular nighttime skyline shots. What? An architect in Houston once explained to me that skyscrapers in Chicago tend to be brighter than those in southern, warmer cities because those buildings use glass that is designed to aggressively keep the sun and heat of the day out.  The result is dimmer office building windows at night, and less pretty nighttime skyline photos. This...

Read More
Slice of Life: Ping Tom Boardwalk
Oct13

Slice of Life: Ping Tom Boardwalk

One of Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods is also one of its oldest.  When Chinatown was relocated from The Loop in the last century, it landed in a hardscrabble, industrial corner of the city, amid rail yards, factories, and a shipping channel. Today, Chinatown is surging with new life as more and more families move ino the area from smaller ethnic enclaves in the suburbs and other cities.  If you’ve wandered the...

Read More
Slice of Life: The Other North Shore
Oct10

Slice of Life: The Other North Shore

Some of the best views in Chicago are from the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue).  And some of the most coveted views from that building are of Chicago’s north shore. Before you reach the “North Shore” communities like Wilmette and HighParkLakeOakForest, there is Chicago’s own north shore, a lovely string of beaches and parks lined with more residential high rises than most cities have in their...

Read More
Slice of Life: The Lonely Beach
Oct06

Slice of Life: The Lonely Beach

It’s something of an irony that one of the loneliest beaches in Chicago is also the one closest to its heart.  Loop Spy Eric sent in this photo of Ohio Street Beach (600 North Lake Shore Drive), which is at the end of a cove formed by Lake Shore Drive and the Jardine Water Filtration Plant (1000 East Ohio Street).  Most people who stumble upon this oasis are already dresses for other activities at nearby Navy Pier or along the...

Read More
Slice of Life: Throwing Oak Street a Curve
Sep29

Slice of Life: Throwing Oak Street a Curve

What’s a day at the beach without a fisheye lens, a panorama-enabled camera, and the HDR cranked up to 11?  Loop Spy Eric sent in this slice of life which combines all those things, giving us a unique view of the notorious Oak Street S-Curve.   Location: Lake Shore Drive, Gold Coast This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just like you. If you see something interesting in your neighborhood, e-mail your phone...

Read More
Chicago River and Lakefront Time Lapse
Aug31

Chicago River and Lakefront Time Lapse

This video by Philip Bloom has been making the rounds on social media lately.  A friend in Ohio sent it to me, and I’m sharing with all of you.  If you haven’t seen it, here it is.  If you have seen it, here it is again. Speaking of social media, let me take this opportunity to plug our Facebook and Twitter feeds, which are just wonderful sources of breaking development news, since we’re the only organization that...

Read More
Slice of Life: Chicago in Liquid Glass
Aug06

Slice of Life: Chicago in Liquid Glass

There are so many wonderful places to take pictures of Chicago’s skyline. One of them is from a boat! That’s how Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine got this great shot of the skyline reflected in an almost still Lake Michigan. If a boat is a little beyond your means, we’ve seen great skyline+water shots taken from Rainbow Beach and even Indiana Dunes.  So get out there...

Read More