Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Chicago Gathering

My present company, Emerald Data Solutions, hosts all of us (since we all work remotely) once a year for training, briefings, team building and fun.

Last year, it was at the Grand Tetons National Park (I missed it by "that much") and this year we gathered in Chicago.

I was allowed to trailer Scarlett, my 2014 Rig, to the Windy City (turns out another nickname is Second City), and that's what Milli the URV and I did.

Amongst the training that we did, we enjoyed such events as a Improv Show at the Second City Comedy Club and a great evening's entertainment at the House of Blues where some amazing music was performed.

Lord help me, I think I am starting to get used to the hugging my colleagues like to greet each other and me with at the start and end of these events.

Here's some photos I took of Chicago's "Miracle Mile" area of their downtown.  At the end is a time-lapse, only 5 seconds worth, of the Willis Tower during the sunrise.

 The view of the Willis Tower from my hotel room
on the 11th floor

 Willis Tower

 Sunrise pic of the buildings near the Willis tower before
I started the time-lapse sequence

 above and below sunrise shots done with the iphone while
the Sony did the time-lapse

 After finishing the time-lapse video, I meandered around on 
Michigan Avenue and Wacker Street to get the above and below
shots of buildings I found interesting.

 Carved onto the end of the bridge, I found the bas-relief
interesting in that it marked the spot where Fort Dearborn
used to be located.

 The place where we enjoyed fantastic blues music and dinner
the night before.

 Andrea F., one of my co-workers had requested a ride in Scarlett


RichardM said...

Nice photos! You can make even Chicago look pretty spectacular.

Anonymous said...

Scarelett is becoming quite the trailer queen!!!

Canajun said...

Nice pics. I haven't spent a lot of time in Chicago, but I do remember how amazing some of the downtown architecture is. Time to go back for a real visit (as opposed to business trips) I think.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks RichardM, the downtown seems OK...will be back there in the Fall for business.

Anonymous...and making good time.

Canajun, next time I am there, going to try and see "the bean", thanks for commenting.

Unknown said...

It's been a few years since I've been to Chicago but the "House of Blues" brought back some memories. Ah "chi town" at it's finest.

redlegsrides said...

Robert Wilson, the music at the House of Blues was definitely top notch. Thanks for commenting

Dladams said...

I love your pictures Dom! Wow they are fantastic. It was wonderful to see you and give you a HUG!

redlegsrides said...

Lord help me DLAdams, am starting to like all the hugging. Thanks for your comments

Bob and Sharon said...

Great pictures, that used to be our home town before we got lost in Alaska. How was trailering and parking??

redlegsrides said...

Left car and trailer in Batavia at friends house

Parking was hideously expensive if you wanted in/out privileges, just outrageous if you were just leaving it in place

Bluekat said...

Nice pics of the big city, Dom. Scarlett becoming quite the city slicker!

redlegsrides said...

Bluekat....thanks but city slicker? never. :)