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Chicago Makes You Smile

After Detroit we revisited Chicago. We arrived in the afternoon and went to the city centre, hoping to find one of the great restaurants we had been to three years ago (we failed, but later it turned out the restaurant was no longer there anyway). After dinner we walked to the Millennium Park, which is one of the best parts in the city and maybe even one of my favourite places in the world. The park itself has such a great atmosphere and the surrounding architecture in the city looks amazing, as you can see here.

This is Crown Fountain, a work of art and a video sculpture, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa (Gert showed another one of his works recently). The fountain consists of two 15-metre tall glass brick towers with a black granite pool in between. LEDs display videos on the two towers. Crown Fountain is very popular with the people of Chicago, and especially children. It was installed in 2004 and is located at the edge of the park, near Michigan Avenue. The two tallest towers in the background are the Aon Center (third tallest in the city, 346m, built in 1974) and Two Prudential Plaza (303m, built in 1990, as you can see One Prudential Plaza is its neighbour), both of which will most likely feature in some of my future posts from Chicago.

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Exif data:
Make: SONY
Model: DSC-HX400V
Software: PaintShop Pro 16,00
Exposure Time: 1/160 sec
F-Stop: f/3.2
ISO Speed Ratings: 80
Focal Length: 430/100 mm
Date Taken: 2018-07-27 19:46
Metering Mode: Pattern
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
File Size: 1346 kb

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