first time in chicago

Last month I had an assignment that took me to Chicago for the first time. We are partnering with a company called HCN – Hotel Communication Network – whose mission it is to place a “kiosk” that will replace the telephone into hotel rooms so that guests can surf the web, make calls, and navigate the HCN interface to find out about attractions, events, and businesses in the area. Their interface will feature virtual tours of local businesses – and that is where we come in.

My trip was a whirlwind of schlepping from one photo shoot to the next, but I was able to get a sense of the texture and flavor of Chicago. It is a truly diverse and bustling urban city. The sidewalks were jam packed, not to mention the streets, cafes, and public spaces. I was impressed by all the green space right in the city and was charmed by the narrow inviting river flowing right through. It was hard navigate through all the people while craning my neck up to gawk at all the amazing architecture. Luckily, one of our shoots took us up to the top of the Hancock Building, to the John Hancock Observatory Tower where I was treated to a bird’s eye view (or a pilot’s eye view, rather) of the whole city including Navy Pier, the Play Pen for boats, the “beach” replete with palm trees, and all the buildings below.

I can’t wait to go back to Chicago…this time, I will budget a little more “tourist” time into my trip! Check out a view from the Hancock Tower and one in front of the Water Tower: Built in 1869, it is one of the few buildings in the burn zone that survived the Great Fire of 1871 and the only one still standing. It is also the second oldest water tower in the USA.

One more thing to note about my trip, I was en route from Jacksonville back to Portland and I had my dog with me – Max, a Jack Russell Terrier – so I had to find accommodations for him. We stayed in The Palmer House which is dog friendly and very nice and during the day, he went to a great doggie day care: Dog Gone Fun. The facilities were nice, the staff was friendly and attentive, and they had 24/7 web cams so you could log in and check up on your little furry friend!

Circlescapes Virtual Tours - Hancock Building in Chicago
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Circlescapes Virtual Tours - Watertower in Chicago
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