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(Pronounced like "Liberace")
The Man with 1000 Suits!!?!!!
**name courtesy of some of the crewmembers of Mercury Boats Skyline Cruise Line
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This page gives access to photo albums, which contain pictures taken from my Marina Towers 52nd floor balcony.  My apartment points due South, but I have a large semi-circular balcony.  This provides me with a very large range of views, as shown on the map below.  Also, it is a REAL balcony -- not one of those dinky, puny, iron things, which are stuck on the sides of buildings being converted to residential use.

In the first folder, you will see pictures of the reconstruction of the Marina City plaza deck.  The part of the plaza in these pictures is in front of the Smith & Wollensky restaurant (where the beer garden would be located).  The entire Marina City plaza deck is being torn up and rebuilt due to major leakage issues.  But, the part in front of Smith & Wollensky is the only major part of the project visible from my balcony.


You will not see me in any picture available from this page.  I am behind the camera.  As far as I know, I was not holding the camera backwards when I shot any of the photos!!!!   I "shutter" to think of that


 For the benefit of people with 56K modem connections, I try to limit the number of photos to about 30 (or so) per album.  This should facilitate quicker page load times.



As you can see on the map, the grey circles are the two Marina Towers (West Tower - left, and East Tower -right).  I'm in the West Tower.  The black lines show the limits of my field of view from the balcony.  I can see anything below (South of) the lines.  To put it as compass bearings, I can see from about 80 to 270 degrees.

An interesting factoid:  my worst viewing angles are due South and Southwest.  This is because of the unfortunate presence of Burnett and Donnelley (aka the Leo Burnett Bldg, which is South, and the R.R. Donnelley Bldg, which is Southwest).
Otherwise, I can see Navy Pier (slightly North of East), Lake Michigan (generally to the East, in between the taller buildings), the Field Museum of Natural History and part of Soldier Field (to the Southeast), and the West Side of the city (to the West).  My West view possibly includes the United Center, although I haven't been able to actually see it.  And, as can be seen on the map, I get an excellent view of much of the main branch of the Chicago River.
Here are some interesting Marina City links,
These are links to some of the businesses in the Marina City complex:



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