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A Texan inspiration for “Cars”

A Texan inspiration for “Cars”

U-Drop-Inn and Tower Station 101 East 12th St Shamrock, TX 806-256-2501 website Signage, Inspiration for “Cars” site The U-Drop Inn, also known as Tower Station and U-Drop Inn and Tower Cafe, opened April 1, 1936. Local John Nunn used a nail to draw original plans…

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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

I dodged cars at the intersection of West Kinzie Street and State Street, trying to get the exact angle that was featured on one of my favorite Wilco albums, the pivotal 2002 “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,” only to finally realize that the designer must have flopped the image….

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A Chicago drawbridge

A Chicago drawbridge

The 1927 double leaf Adams Street Bridge is one of Chicago’s moveable bridges that lift for boat traffic along the south branch of the Chicago River. Back in the 19th century, the downtown Chicago River was the city’s main harbor, filled with Great Lakes vessels…

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C-H-I-C-A-G-O!

C-H-I-C-A-G-O!

The sign is iconic, and the grandeur often leaves its visitors in awe. The vertical sign “C-H-I-C-A-G-O,” at nearly six stories high, is one of the few such signs in existence today. Chicago Theater 175 North State Street Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 462-6300 http://www.thechicagotheatre.com The elegant…

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A big shiny bean …

A big shiny bean …

Despite the cold, damp, windy day that is typical of a Chicago winter, Millenium Park was the happening place to be. Ice skating and gawking at the amazing public art seems to defy any meteorological difficulties. Millennium Park 201 East Randolph Chicago, Illinois 60602 (312)…

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Trade squished between two building

Trade squished between two building

Standing 605 feet tall, the Chicago Board of Trade was designed by architects Holabird & Root and once the tallest in Chicago. This 1930 Art Deco building incorporates sculptural work by Alvin Meyer and is topped by a 31-foot tall faceless statue of the Roman…

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Union Station – Route 66 meets Amtrak

Union Station – Route 66 meets Amtrak

You may remember the famous baby carriage on the stairs scene in “The Untouchables.” The magnificent Union Station is located between westbound and eastbound Route 66. Originally designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham, (”Make no small plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”)…

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Tunneling to the Library

Tunneling to the Library

After we visited the Capitol, we took the tunnel over to the Thomas Jefferson Building which houses the Library of Congress for a jaw-dropping visual feast, including a Gutenberg bible and over-the-top marble, granite, iron and bronze interior based on the Paris Opera House. The…

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A Capitol idea

A Capitol idea

It was crazy cold and breezy, and luckily it scared off the weak of heart from standing in line for a tour of the Capitol. We were able to get right in, warm up and learn a thing or two. United States Capitol Building United…

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Wax on, Waxahachie!

Wax on, Waxahachie!

After a fun filled evening with old friends, it was time to put my foggy head back into the driving game. Let’s hear it for the rainy morning rush hours in Dallas. Let me go on record – I am no fan of the Texas…

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