world wanderer: architectural gems in Chicago

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At the turn of the 20th century, the term skyscraper finally was coined. Chicago led the way in architectural design, creating the modern skyline. Now, it is hard to call to mind a city without imagining its soaring high buildings and industrial landscape. So, when we swung by Chicago for a psychology conference, I tried to capture the magnetism of these formidable buildings known as skyscrapers…along with a few other eye-catching urban designs.

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Greg, pictured at top, stands looking out on the deck of the Shedd Aquarium. While waiting in the tremendously long line (this place is wildly popular), I caught the aquatic details in the building’s ceiling tiles and light, as seen below.

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The Palmer House Hilton is a decadent ode to love. Potter Palmer originally built the hotel for his bride, Bertha. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed it completely, but that didn’t stop him from rebuilding in grander style, and creating one of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

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Marked by the steel globe, the famed Willis Tower, commonly referred to as the Sears Tower (it changed names with new owners), was built in 1973. It surpassed the World Trade Center’s twin towers in height, and held the title of tallest building in the world for a quarter-century. Now, it ranks as the second highest building in the United States and No. 13 in the world.

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Hope you all missed me as much as I missed you!
From a weekender’s guide to Chicago to Scandinavian culture and a list of Stockholm’s must-see sites, I promise my upcoming posts are worth the wait. Safe travels, dear readers!

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