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Things for a Minnesota boy to do in Chicago

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Visited my daughter in Chicago this past week, and you know what they say - you can take the boy out of the country, but.....

Took mostly tourist pix, but you can kind of get an idea of how the trip went:

We ate at fine restaurants:

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Watched local wildlife:

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fished in a local stream:

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took long walks in the park:

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watched some local boys take on a "nine" from down the road:

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had a little back yard barbecue:

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and did a little sight-seeing from the top of a local hill:

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All in all, had a GREAT trip!

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Nice stuff, buddy. LOVE the combination of face sharpness and motion blur on that cat! smilesmile

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I like this series Ken, it brings back some very fond memories when I used to attend sport shows in the "Windy" City!

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I had a fun little adventure with you. Second the kudos on the cat picture! That's my favorite.

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great trip series! Thanks for taking us along.

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Looks like a great time. I will be down in Chi Town on the weekend of September 19th to the 21st. Getting pretty excited to head down there and see my baby completed. You wouldn't happen to have any more shots of Trump Tower would you Ken?

I spent 3 years of my life designing and coordinating the installation of the exterior wall panels on the new tower.

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Tom, here's a few that I took:

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This is the office building my daughter works in, with the Trump Tower reflected on its side:

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Awesome stuff Ken. That building has a big part of my life wrapped up in it. I stood in that exact same spot (3rd pic) shooting photos of daily progress on the tower.

The bottom 12 floors of the tower are the parking garage, can you believe they were asking $75,000 to buy a non-heated parking stall with the purchase of a condo? Heated stalls went as high as $200,000.

I designed a door that sits atop the tower that consisted of two leafs 10 feet wide by 22 feet tall that opened to reveal the track for the window washing mechanism. I couldn't find a standard hinge for a 2.5 ton door leaf, so I drew up a custom jobby and the structural engineers ran all the calcs. It was a beast.

Lots of memories on that project. Every time I see it, I get a rush of enthusiasm.

Thanks for posting them up.

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I was out there this spring. The Trump tower is pretty cool. Chicago is a fun town.

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