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A Bird's Eye View Of Sweet Home Chicago!!!
Fall Amtrak Vacation Trip 2004:
A Bird's Eye View Of
Sweet Home Chicago!!!
Tuesday, September 28th, 2004
   I walked a few blocks over to the Sears tower where when you walk in, you go through security screening before being allowed to go inside and buy tickets. Afterwards, you go up a short elevator, buy your ticket, then watch a quick video presentation about the City Of Chicago inside a nice theater. You then walk through a series of museum pieces dedicated to the Sears Tower before entering an express elevator that takes you up to the 110th floor in less than 2 minutes thanks to it’s 18mph speed as it races up the building! My ears popped at least 3 or 4 times on the elevator ride up so I would recommend chewing some gum if you can to alleviate the minor pain associated with your ears popping!
   Once I got to the top, the view from over 1500 feet up is worth a billion bucks! I’ve never seen anything quite like this, thus I took several slides. It is possible to see 4 states from atop the Sears Tower on a clear day, those being Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Please Note, these photos are quite large, but I set them up this way because there was simply so much in them that leaving them smaller would have left out too much detail. These pictures will take a little time to load if you don't have a high-speed connection. Enjoy...
The Chicago River, Amtrak & Metra Coach Yards and lots of other stuff is visible from here, this view is looking South.
Looking North, from The Sears Tower, you are surrounded on all four sides by windows, thus allowing photos from all angles.
Lake Michigan in this view looking West. The road along the lake is Lakeshore Boulevard.
Looking Northeast, you can see the John Hancock Building among other things.
Looking Southeast, you can see Meigs Field Airport and Soldier Field
where the Chicago Bears play on the right side of this photo.
   After spending about 40 minutes in the Sears Tower, I called my Mom on my cell phone only to find that service at the top of the building is hit or miss because your simply too high! I went back down to the ground level and headed back to Union Station, I ate a quick dinner at McDonald’s before getting my luggage back, (ended up costing another $12.00) then went over to the South Gates and waited near Gate C for boarding for Train #50 – The Cardinal, as the next leg of my trip was fast approaching...