Thursday, October 6, 2011

Trip 120: A Fall Preview

Date: October 1, 2011
Trip: 120
Landmarks Visited: 4
Landmarks To-Date: 345
Landmarks Remaining: 8

On a very fall-feeling Saturday morning I set out to see four landmarks near the Chicago Skyway. Initially I planned to visit these on my way to Toledo the weekend before, but an untimely rainstorm ruined those plans.

1. Peoples Gas South Chicago Neighborhood Store (8935 S Commercial Avenue)

This quaint storefront is now a neighborhood grocery store.

2. Calumet National Bank Building (9117 S Commercial Avenue)

3. Calumet Park Fieldhouse

This is a very large fieldhouse, but the exterior appears to have been covered in some sort of sprayed on concrete. So some of the architectural details look almost out of focus. And the lobby has a very out of place drop ceiling.

4. Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway Bridges-Pair (east of the Skyway and north of 98th Street)

I'd seen these bridges many times from the Skyway. But once again the challenge was figuring out where I could get a good photo. I ended up standing on the 95th Street bridge, which would have been pleasant had it not been for a cold wind blowing off the Calumet River. It briefly felt like late November.

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