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Daniel Burnham’s Vision for Chicago: Paris on the Prairie

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White City of the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Administration Building, seen from the Agr...

The Administration Building, seen from the Agricultural Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Horticultural Building, with Illinois Building...

Horticultural Building, with Illinois Building in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: The Republic in Jackson Park, Chicago, IL, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daniel Burnham on the terrace of his Evanston,...

Daniel Burnham on the terrace of his Evanston, IL home. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Source: http://www.chicagob2b.net/links/pages/CitySeal1.gif This image is a copy of the official seal of the City of Chicago, Illinois, as designed and adopted by the City in 1905. As such, it is a work authored before 1922, and is therefore in the public domain. A 1895 edition of the seal can be seen here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: View of Millennium Park from the Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower) in 2007, before Legacy Tower was built. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in the park are clearly visible, as well as part of Lurie Garden at right and the McDonald Cycle Center in the left hand corner. Daley Bicentennial Plaza is behind Millennium Park, both are part of the larger Grant Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Cen...

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Center (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: View of Chicago, United States from the 340 on the Park skyscraper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912) was a leading architect and forward thinking urban-planner. He wanted Chicago to become Paris on the Prairie.

 

Burnham and Root were the architects of one of the first American skyscrapers: the Masonic Temple Building in Chicago. It was Measuring 21 stories high at 302 feet. It was torn down in 1939.

Burnham and Root played an integral role in why Chicago looks the way it does today. They accepted the responsibility of overseeing and constructing the Exposition of 1893  to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ famous voyage.

After Root’s sudden death, the plans were radically changed into a Classical Revival style in Jackson Park on the south lake font in Chicago.

Burnham became the Director of Works, and ultimately led the design and construction of  the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Considered the first example of  comprehensive planning  in the nation, the fairground was complete with grand boulevards, classical building facades, and lush gardens. Often called the “White City”, it “popularized neoclassical architecture in a monumental and rational Beaux-Arts plan.” Much of his work was based on the classical style from Rome and Greece.

In 1909 he declared “The Lakefront belongs to the People” and laid out the Burnham plan; his vision for Grant Park that still guides the Park’s evolution.

Initiated in 1906 and published in 1909, Burnham and his co-author Edward H. Bennett prepared “The Plan of Chicago“, which laid out plans for the future of the city. The plan included ambitious proposals for the lakefront and river and declared that every citizen should be within walking distance of a park.

Many plans and conceptual designs of the south lakefront from the Columbian Exposition came in handy. He envisioned Chicago as a “Paris on the Prairie”. French-inspired public works projects, fountains, and boulevards radiating from a central domed municipal building became Chicago’s new backdrop. Burnham is famously quoted as saying, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” This slogan has been taken to capture the essence of Burnham’s spirit.

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You can walk “The View Path” that highlights his plan in a new exhibit at Millennium Park. If you want to stay at a nice hotel in Chicago that was designed by Burnham and Root, head over to The Reliance Building  at 1 W. Washington Street in the Loop. The first floor and basement were designed by John Root of the Burnham and Root architectural firm in 1890, with the rest of the building completed by Charles B. Atwood in 1895. It is the first skyscraper to have large plate glass windows make up the majority of its surface area. The Reliance Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970; and on January 7, 1976, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.  Stay at the lovely the 122-room Hotel Burnham and dine at the Atwood Cafe.

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The path includes following sites:

Cloudgate

Lurie Garden

Nichols Bridge

Art Institute of Chicago

South Garden

Railway Exchange

Congress Plaza

Congress Parkway Bridge

North President’s Court

Lincoln Statue

Buckingham Fountain

Outdoor Rooms

Lower Hutchinson Field

Lake Michigan Shoreline

Museum Campus

“Burnham View” a new permanent landmark sculpture with a spectacular view of the city and the park

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The Burning of the White City. (Electricity Bu...

The Burning of the White City. (Electricity Building on left, Mines and Mining Building on right.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Burnham also designed several notable buildings and skyscrapers in Chicago including:

 

 

 He died in Heidelberg, Germany and the successor firm to Burnham’s practice was Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, which continued in some form until 2006. There is a tribute to Burnham in Burnham Park and Daniel Burnham Court in Chicago.
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Cloud Gate from east with East Randolph Street skyscrapers in background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: Buckingham Fountain in the foreground with one of the Prudential Buildings at the far left and the AON Center (the tallest building) in the background. The top of the John Hancock Center is also visible (the one with two antennae at the top). I took this photo 11 Jul 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A view toward the Peristyle from Machinery Hall.

A view toward the Peristyle from Machinery Hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, se...

The Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, seen from the southwest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Midway Plaisance, Chicago.

Midway Plaisance, Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of John Wellborn Root

Portrait of John Wellborn Root (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Francisco California

From Coit Tower

From Coit Tower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: view of Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill from Lombard Street, March 2010 San Francisco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Who doesn’t love San Francisco? This world-class city is arguably one of the most beautiful and revered cities in the world. Nestled along the edge of the Pacific Ocean, it is imbued with scenic splendor. There are brilliant architectural landmarks built upon famous hills. There are glorious bay views, charming ethnic neighborhoods, cable cars and magnificent iconic bridges! It is the gateway to the magnificent Napa Valley wineries. The city is about seven miles long by seven miles wide; 49 square miles packed with incredible sites and activities.

English: Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin ...

English: Haas-Lilienthal House, 2007 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: A view of Telegraph Hill from the San Francisco Bay. Coit Tower stand atop the hill. The Bay Bridge can be seen to the left, and the Transamerica Pyramid is captured in the right. Photo by John Curley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

List of San Francisco Designated Landmarks

List of San Francisco Designated Landmarks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a video of my Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Francisco: http://youtu.be/kf-GFK8dOyc

San Francisco: the Coit tower and the Transame...

San Francisco: the Coit tower and the Transamerica Pyramid seen from Pier 39. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

North Financial District, San Francisco, CA, U...

North Financial District, San Francisco, CA, USA Image taken April 27, 2007 by Dan Jahner (user:Danjahner) This image on Flickr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The gold rush of the mid 1800s transformed this small settlement into a boom town. Unfortunately, San Francisco had to be re-built after the devastating April 18, 1906 earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 on the Richter Scale that ruptured along the San Andreas Fault. The earthquake and subsequent fire are considered one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States along with the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The death toll from the earthquake and fire were estimated at over 3,000 people. Approximately 50,000 buildings were destroyed.

English: Transamerica building, downtown San F...

English: Transamerica building, downtown San Francisco, CA, USA. Photo taken from Coit tower. Français : La Transamerica Pyramid, dans le centre de San Francisco, en Californie (États-Unis), photographiée depuis la Coit Tower. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

San Francisco Painted Victorian Ladies

San Francisco Painted Victorian Ladies

Fortunately, some of the charming Victorian architecture survived. My favorites are the well-maintained Queen Anne Victorian row houses. They are called “painted ladies” and some of them have magnificent turrets!

San Francisco Queen Anne Victorian

San Francisco Queen Anne Victorian

I love the juxtaposition of the 48-story Transamerica Pyramid that symbolizes San Francisco and the copper-clad Columbus Tower, also known as the Sentinel Building that was completed in 1907. The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in San Francisco.

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San...

Top of the Transamerica building, downtown San Francisco, CA, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Alamo Square Landmark District, admire the Victorian Era painted ladies.

San Francisco: view of the Transamerica Pyrami...

San Francisco: view of the Transamerica Pyramid with the Columbus Tower (Sentinel building) in the foreground. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The distinctive landmark copper-green Flatiron style structure is bounded by Columbus Avenue, Kearny Street and Jackson Street, straddling the North Beach, Chinatown, and Financial-districts of the city.

Francis Coppola‘s corporate headquarters are located in the Sentinel Building. On the ground floor, dine at the charming Cafe Zoetrope. This Parisian-style cafe sits beneath Coppola’s film offices in the sumptuous copper-clad Sentinel Building.

San Francisco Francis Coppola Cafe

San Francisco Francis Coppola Cafe

San Francisco Francis Coppola Building

San Francisco Francis Coppola Building

San Francisco Transamerica Building

San Francisco Transamerica Building

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: Stockton Str...

San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: Stockton Street from Union Square, looking toward Market Street (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are my top picks for a glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in San Francisco California:

Haight-Ashbury SF 1

Haight-Ashbury SF 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Visit as many of the distinctive and diverse vibrant neighborhoods as you can; including Haight-Ashbury. They are brimming with charming restaurants and eclectic boutiques.

The Stinking Rose in San Francisco

The Stinking Rose in San Francisco

I love Little Italy with about 100,000 residents of Italian origin and plenty of great restaurants and outdoor cafes. Go to “The Stinking Rose” if you like garlic.

San Francisco North Beach Neighborhood, Saints...

San Francisco North Beach Neighborhood, Saints Peter and Paul Church (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit the twin towers of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Little Italy where Joe DiMaggio and his new bride, Marilyn Monroe posed for their wedding pictures on the steps of this church. I love this  delightful North Beach neighborhood.

San Francisco Church of Saints Peter and Saint Paul in Little Italy

San Francisco Church of Saints Peter and Saint Paul in Little Italy

Chinatown’s grimacing “Dragon Gate” located at Grant Avenue at Bush Street welcomes visitors to a plethora of irresistable Cantonese, Szechaun and Mandarin Restaurants. This is the oldest “Chinatown” in the nation. Have some dim sum in Chinatown. This is also San Francisco’s quaint French Quarter.

Chinatown in San Francisco

Chinatown in San Francisco

Haight Ashbury

Haight Ashbury (Photo credit: theclyde)

The Haight-Ashbury district is notorious for its counter-culture role as the epi-center of the 1960s “Flower-Child” hippie movement and the 1967 “Summer of Love.” Remember the lyrics to the song written by John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas that was sung by Scott McKenzie: “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. If you’re going to San Francisco, you’re gonna meet some gentle people there.”

I love the The Red Victorian, this historic hotel is located in San Francisco‘s Haight-Ashbury district, two blocks from Golden Gate Park. This charming Bed and Breakfast and cafe is a “social benefit” enterprise that supports a Peace Center whose mission is “Peace Education through Guided Conversation and Arts.” Check out the fish-net clad lady with the red pumps in Haight-Ashbury!

You can't escape from San Francisco

You can’t escape from San Francisco

The Red Victorian Hotel, San Francisco, Califo...

The Red Victorian Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA Français : Hôtel The Red Victorian, San Francisco, Californie, États-Unis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Street Level – San Francisco Ferry Building 22 (Photo credit: darkfoxprime)

2. Go to the weekend Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. The San Francisco Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries traveling across the San Francisco Bay. It has an up-scale shopping center and is located on The Embarcadero. On top of the building, admire the 245-foot tall clock tower, with four clock dials. Each dial is 22 feet in diameter.

You can take this ferry to Valejo and travel on the Napa WIne Train from there.

The Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries o...

The Ferry Building is a terminal for ferries on the San Francisco Bay and an upscale shopping center located on The Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. The Bay Bridge can be seen in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This land-mark building was designed by New York architect A. Page Brown in the Beaux Arts style in 1892 and it was completed in 1898. Brown designed the clock tower to resemble the 12th-century, 800 year old Giralda bell tower in Seville, Spain. This was the same inspiration for Miami’s iconic  “Freedom Tower”, the former home of the Miami Daily News located at 600 Biscayne Avenue in Miami. The entire length of the Ferry Building has an arched arcade that resembles a Roman aquaduct.

San Francisco, California : civic center

San Francisco, California : civic center (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

San Francisco Civic Center Plaza, and its rece...

San Francisco Civic Center Plaza, and its recently-changed-to-dirt main strip, looking on San Francisco City Hall. April 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. Admire Daniel Burnham‘s planned Civic Center Plaza; an architectural Complex with a magnificent group of Beaux Arts Federal, State and City Buildings. Burnham’s dream was carried out by Arthur Brown Jr. who attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

The massive gold-leaf covered dome of the majestic City Hall building at Carlton B. Goodlett Place, is taller than the U.S. Capitol Building. There is also a War Memorial Opera House, where the representatives from 50 nations signed the United Nations Charter in 1945. Visit the Davies Symphony Hall and the Asian Art Museum.

4. Spend some of your hard-earned money at the glorious palm-tree lined shopping mecca around Union Square. Union square is a 2.6 acre park in the heart of the Financial District. It is the central shopping and theater district. Explore the Westfield Center Shopping mall, packed with restaurants and shops.

There are outstanding hotels and upscale shopping opportunities in this area. Admire the Statue of “Victory” at the pinnacle of the granite column that commemorates Admiral Dewey’s triumph at Manilla Bay during the Spanish-American War. Then go to the Crocker Galleria glass barrel-vaulted arcade that resembles Milan’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele brimming with boutiques and specialty shops. Neiman Marcus has a magnificent glass-encased property in San Francisco with an incredible dome.

Neiman Marcus in San Francisco, CA Español: Ne...

Neiman Marcus in San Francisco, CA Español: Neiman Marcus en San Francisco, CA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The entrance to the Crocker Galleria in San Fr...

The entrance to the Crocker Galleria in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Victory in San Francisco

Victory in San Francisco

San Francisco Union Square

Basilica of the "Mission Dolores" (M...

Basilica of the “Mission Dolores” (Mission San Francisco de Asís) in San Francisco Deutsch: Die Basilika (1918) der Mission Dolores (Mission San Francisco de Asís) in San Francisco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Visit the Mission of San Franciso de Asis founded in 1776 by the Spanish Franciscan Monks. Mission San Francisco de Asís, or Mission Dolores, is the oldest surviving structure in San Francisco and the sixth religious settlement established as part of the California chain of missions. The Mission was founded on June 29, 1776, by Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Father Francisco Palóu (a companion of Father Junipero Serra). They were both members of the de Anza Expedition, which had been charged with bringing Spanish settlers to Alta (upper) California, and converting the local Natives, the Ohlone. Go next door to the Mission Dolores Basilica built in 1919 in Wedding Cake/Moorish style.

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

Grace Cathedral in San Francisco (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coit Tower, California

Coit Tower, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6. Travel to San Francisco’s famous hills. Take a cable car up to the steep inclines of the summit of Nob Hill. When you arrive at the top of this elegant, residential Nob Hill neighborhood, go to the top of the Fairmont Hotel or the Mark Hopkins for a fabulous Vino con Vista on Mason Street!

Then visit the amazing Grace Cathedral at 1051 Taylor Street. Grace Cathedral is the third largest Gothic cathedral in the country. You can schedule a tour led by the Cathedral’s docents who are members of the Guild of Saint Martin. They will explain the history and architecture. You can admire the magnificent stained glass windows, the famous replica of Ghiberti Doors in Florence and the priceless icons.

Ghiberti doors, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco...

Ghiberti doors, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California, USA Français : Portes Ghiberti, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Californie, États-Unis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trace California’s colorful history through the fresco-style murals and learn the secrets of the Labyrinth! There’s even a cafe on the premises.

Glass paintings at Grace Cathedral, San Franci...

Glass paintings at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, California, USA 日本語: ステンドグラス (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a photo gallery from Ansel Adams: http://www.gracecathedral.org/visit/cathedral-history-art/Ansel-Adams.php.

Then travel to Telegraph Hill where the first telegraph station was placed in 1853. It is the home of the Coit Tower that was built to honor volunteer fire fighters. The 210 foot structure resembles a fire-hose nozzle. Climb the steps to Coit Tower for a 360 degree view of the city and the Bay. Then take a picture with Christopher Columbus.

I love Russian Hill which is the home of the beautifully landscaped, iconic crooked Lombard Street.

Lombard Street, San Francisco, as seen from th...

Lombard Street, San Francisco, as seen from the bottom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7. Have a Sour Dough bread bowl filled with decadent clam chowder at Pier 39 and then gaze at the comical barking Sea Lions on the docks. Check out the world-class Aquarium.  Walk over to Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy some fresh Dungeness Crab. Enjoy the entertaining street performers. Tour the 1883 historical Balclutha vessel; it’s a floating museum.

Fishermen's Wharf in San Francisco

Fishermen’s Wharf in San Francisco

San Francisco Pier 39

San Francisco Pier 39

Alcatraz at dawn on San Francisco Bay

Alcatraz at dawn on San Francisco Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

8. Take the ferry boat from the Embarcadero to the island of Alcatraz, the former federal penitentiary. Listen to the stories about the former inmates including Al Capone, Pretty Boy Floyd and Machine Gun Kelly.

Alcatraz Gift Shop in San Francisco

Alcatraz Gift Shop in San Francisco

9. Go to the former Del Monte Cannery and have a sundae at Ghiradelli Square or tour the factory and learn about chocolate.

Mallard Lake in Golden Gate Park

Mallard Lake in Golden Gate Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Palace of Fine Arts Walkways, San Francisco, C...

Palace of Fine Arts Walkways, San Francisco, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

10. Admire the Palace of Fine Arts that was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. There is a Roman Rotunda supported by Corinthian colums over-looking the swan-filled lagoon. This Palace of Fine Arts is the home of the Exploratorium, a popular hands-on Childrens’ Museum.

Deutsch: Das Exploratorium in San Francisco Ne...

Deutsch: Das Exploratorium in San Francisco Nederlands: Het Exploratorium Français : Exploratorium, San Francisco, Californie, USA English: The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

11. Go to Golden Gate Park. It is the largest man-made park in the world with a conservatory and Japanese Tea Room. Visit the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum that chronicles art in Western civilization. One of the wings houses the  Asian Art Museum. There are boat rentals at Stow Lake.

12. Visit MOMA, the Museum of Modern Art with works by Matisse, Joan Miro, Jackson Pollack, Picasso, Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe and other notable artists. The Museum was designed by architect Mario Botta and has a distinctive cylindrical skylight.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

13. Ride the Cable Car that was invented by Andrew Hallidie to Nob Hill. I love the view from the Top of the Mark Hopkins Hotel. It’s a great Vino con Vista destinaton with a fabulous Sunday Brunch. Take time to visit the Cable Car Museum at Washington and Mason Streets with historic exhibits and memorabilia.

Cable Car of the Powell-Hyde line in San Franc...

Cable Car of the Powell-Hyde line in San Francisco. In the background Alcatraz Island can be seen. Deutsch: Ein Cable Car Waggon der Powell-Hyde Linie in San Franzisko. Im Hintergrund sieht man die Insel Alcatraz. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

14. Enjoy another breath-taking Vino con Vista at the Marriott Marquis rooftop bar called The View Lounge. Order a glass of Hangtime Wine from San Luis Obispo California and enjoy the magnificent 365 degree panoramic vista of one of the most beautiful cities in the world! There is a perfect view of MOMA with the circular skylight.

San Francisco from the Marriott Marquis View Lounge

San Francisco from the Marriott Marquis View Lounge

15. Drive on the 1.7 mile Golden Gate Bridge that was designed by Joseph Strauss. You can visit his statue if you park your car at the visitor center.  This steel suspension bridge opened on May 27, 1937 to Marin County and visit Sausilito. The Golden Gate Bridge is preparing for a 75th anniversary Festival on May 26th-27th that will feature music and art exhibits.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary in 2012

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary in 2012

Take a panoramic shot of the San Francisco Skyline from across the Golden Gate bridge. There is also an access point where you can walk the bridge to Marin.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

16. In April, the San Francisco Vintners Market usually sponsors an event with about 200 wineries from Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and the Russian River Valley. They like to pour their new releases, special collections and hard to find vintages.

There is also an annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in April. www.nccbf.org

For outstanding Michelin Star French Cuisine, dine at Masa’s at 648 Bush or Fleur de Lys at 777 Sutter. These upscale restaurants offer prix fixe dinner only options. Gary Danko is also at the pinnicale of San Francisco dining with an all-encompassing list. Diners may select three, four or five prix-fixe courses or try the tasting menu with wine pairing.

San Francisco offers a plethora of ethnic dining as well. For Asian Fusion try Le Colonial at 20 Cosmo with a nice patio and nightly music. You will never be hungry or thirsty in San Fransisco!

I love to stay in Union Square at the Sir Francis Drake at 450 Powell Street www.sirfrancisdrake.com

17. If you are ready for some Touring and Tasting in the Bay Area, take the ferry from The Ferry Building at the Embarcadero at Pier One to the Wine Train and  visit the wineries in Napa. Napa Valley is the main wine tourism region in the US.

There are plenty of gourmet restaurants like the Fench Laundry in Yountville or The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena; they both have 3 Michelin stars. Check out the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America www.ciachef.edu/california.and or Hurley’s in Yountville or Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen or Press in St. Helena.

Touring and tasting in Napa is easy with plenty of outstanding places to stay including Meadowwood, a fabulous Relais and Chateau Property in St. Helena www.meadowood.com. The Cade Estate Winery offers a “Wine and Cheese Tasting and Tour”; as well as, “Tour the Cave” where you can taste Cade and Plump Jack Wines www.cadewinery.com

Check out the Cakebread Cellar’s Visitor Center in Saint Helena with a culinary history of Food and Wine Exhibit www.cakebreadcellars.com. I like the behind the scenes tour of Mondavi production facility. Sterling has an outstanding tour where you ride on a ski lift to the winery. Raymond has an over-the-top winery with plenty of elegant tasting facilities. There are about 450 wineries in Napa.

Here’s a list of San Francisco Landmarks to visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_San_Francisco_Designated_Landmarks

Dr. EveAnn Lovero is a Travel Junkie and writes Travel Guides and Apps at www.vino-con-vista.com

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Chicago’s Magnificent Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois.

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I am a Travel Junkie who loves to travel around the world. I can’t resist taking pictures of  beautiful fountains; I find them so intriguing.

One of the most magnificent fountains in Chicago is the Buckingham Fountain. The fountain was designated as a Chicago landmark on August 30, 2000.

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

It is located at the intersection of Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive, just west of south Lake Shore Drive in Grant Park. Grant Park is a popular venue for Chicago Festivals like Jazz Fest and the Windy City Wine Festival.

The park was an integral part of Daniel Burnham‘s 1909 city planning efforts that involved integrating a series of projects into Chicago’s  lakefront.  He envisioned Chicago as a “Paris on the Prairie” with French-inspired public works projects and beautiful fountains.

Burnham’s magical vision generated our horizontal kingdom with gorgeous skyscrapers. Chicago’s magnificent skyline, monuments and sculptures are a result of the convergence of vision and technology.

 

Grant Park’s Sculptures

Daniel Burnham

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world. Any time of the day or night, people converge upon the fountain to take pictures. It’s a favorite spot for newlyweds.

Chicago Wine Festival at Buckingham Fountain

The pink marble fountain was designed by beaux-arts architect and city planner Edward H. Bennett who was also involved in Burnham’s Plan of Chicago and the construction of Grant Park.

Bennett’s office was located in the penthouse of the Santa Fe building (pictured below) with the large “Santa Fe” logo on the roof, at 80 E. Jackson in Chicago. From his eagle’s nest view, he could supervise the construction of Grant Park. The 17-story office building is located on the Historic Michigan Boulevard District. The Santa Fe building has distinctive round porthole  windows along the cornice.  The center of the building features a  lightwell that was covered with a skylight in the 1980s.

Buckingham Fountain and the Santa Fe Building

From Bennett’s penthouse office, he could also supervise the construction of   the Buckingham Fountain and the original ornamental Peristyle. A reproduction of the Peristyle majestically crowns  Millennium Park.

Peristyle in Chicago

The Peristyle (pictured above), is a replica of the curving row of paired Greek columns that were originally on the corner of Grant Park near Michigan and Randolph from 1917 to 1953. The statues (pictured below), were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau. The whimsical sea-horses depict mid-western states.

Buckingham Fountain Sea-horse Statues

The fountain was dedicated on August 26, 1927 and was constructed at a cost of $750,000.  Water streams through the fountain’s 193 jets. The design looks like a wedding cake and it was inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles. The central structure allegorically represents Lake Michigan and it is surrounded by four sea-horses. Each sea-horse represents the states that surround Lake Michigan: Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.

The fountain is operational from April to October with interesting water shows  every hour on-the-hour that last for 20 minutes. During the show, water spews from the central jet. The center jet shoots up vertically up to 150 feet.  There are lovely evening light shows.  After dusk, these shows are choreographed with lights and music. The last show begins at 10:00 p.m. During the winter, the fountain is decorated with holiday lights.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Happy Birthday Chicago!

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Happy Birthday Chicago! Uncork your favorite bottle of wine or champagne and toast to Chicago’s 178th birthday was held on March 4, 2015. Crank up your iPhone as you listen to Frank Sinatra sing “My Kind of Town“; originally part of the musical score for Robin and the 7 Hoods, a 1964 musical film starring several members of the Rat Pack.

Cover of "Robin and the Seven Hoods"

Cover of Robin and the Seven Hoods

Chicago is famous for many things including gangsters like Al Capone and the city definitely has some offers that you can’t refuse:

Chicago is also famous for sports teams: Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Cubs and Sox. We have had pretty good record for start-ups: Kraft, Motorola, Baxter, Sara Lee and don’t forget Groupon just to name a few.

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We have plenty of famous politicians including: 2 Mayor Daleys and President Barack Obama.

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Chicago is home to a plethora of superlatives: our higher learning institutons are world-class with some of the best business schools in the world like University of Chicago and Northwestern. The city is brimming with world-class chefs and we have some of the best restaurants in the world like Charlie Trotters and Alinea.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods with distinctive architecture and ethnic roots.

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But one or our most endearing and enduring blessings is our world-class architecture! Generally, to celebrate Chicago’s birthday, some of her architectural shining stars will turn blue including:

the Willis Tower, the Trump Tower, the Merchandise Mart and the Prudential Building.

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Chicago‘s Columbian Exposition in the 1890’s spawned a flourishing legacy of global architectural pre-eminence and outstanding architecture in Chicago. Daniel Burnham’s passion for Beaux Arts priniciples of design generated a flurry of world-class structures. Chicago architects and structural engineers are still staking claims to global architectural marvels.

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Bill Baker is a structural engineer who works at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill‘s (SMO) Chicago office in the landmark, 17 story Sante Fe Building. He can be credited with more supertall buildings of over 1000 feet than any other structural engineer in the world including the Trump Tower. The “Burl Khalifa” in Dubai is world’s tallest building at 160 stories. It is almost twice as tall as the building formerly known as the Sears Tower in Chicago. Bill was instrumental in designing The Burl with architect Adrian Smith at SMO.

Two of my favorite vintage buildings include the majestic Wrigley Building and the Gothic Revival Tribune building located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River.

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The distinctive clock tower of the Wrigley Building reminds me of Big Ben in London. There are 250,000 glistening glazed terra cotta tiles covering the classical structure that was completed in 1924 by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White. Quite appropriate for the great “White City.” The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower is across the street from the Wrigley building. The 26 foot Sculpture of Marilyn Monroe is next to the Tribune Tower.

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I love the juxtaposition of the classic architecture with the modern architecture of buildings like the sleek Trump Tower. There’s a great view of the Wrigley Clock from Trump’s 16th floor restaurant aptly named “Sixteen.” They have an outstanding Sunday Brunch so why not celebrate Chicago’s Birthday party there!

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Chicago is a mecca for world-class museums, restaurants and hotels with plenty of “Vino con Vista” opportunities. The Michelin Guide for Chicago was released in November 2011.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites

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Chicago’s Historic Reliance Building Evokes the Tale of Legendary Architects Burnham and Atwood in the White City

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The first modern ferris wheel, bult in Chicago in 1893 for World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The historic Reliance Building in Chicago was completed in 1895 by Charles Atwood. Charles B. Atwood (1849–1896) was a legendary architect who designed several structures and buildings for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

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The book “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson vividly describes Atwood and Burnham’s contributions to the Columbian Exposition. The book is set in Chicago around 1893. True stories about the legendary architects like  Daniel H. Burnham and Charles Atwood, who designed and built the structures for the Exposition, are intertwined with the tale of Dr. H.H. Holmes. He was the notorious serial killer who lured his victims to their death in Chicago during the Exposition.

The book also describes the building of the the first Ferris Wheel in 1893! The Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the Columbian Exposition. It was originally called the “Chicago Wheel.”

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Atwood also designed a number of notable buildings in the city of Chicago including the Reliance Building, and the Marshall Field and Company Building.

The construction of the Reliance Building ushered in an era of Chicago’s treasured skyscrapers! The building is located at 32 N. State Street in Chicago.

It was  designated as a Chicago Landmark on July 11, 1975 by the Landmark Commission. The citation reads:

“In recognition of the early and complete expression, through slender piers, small spandrels and the skillfully restrained use of terra cotta with large areas of glass, of the structural cage of steel that alone supports such buildings.”

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The building has an interesting history. In 1882, William Hale commissioned architects Burnham and Root to design a 16 story tower at the corner of State and Washington. It was to be called the Reliance Building. The new structure was to replace the First National Bank of Chicago Building.

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Eve of the Eve 2012 in Chicago at Union Station

Eve of the Eve 19th Anniversary at Union Station in Chicago.

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Bring in the new year with class and style at HighSight’s Eve of the Eve Fundraiser 2012. THe event will be held at Chicago’s Great Hall in Union Station. It was originally designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham who is famous for saying: “make no small plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood. ”

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Daniel Burnham on the terrace of his Evanston, IL home. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was completed in 1925 by the Graham, Anderson, Probst and White Firm. The Great Hall is considered to be one of the greatest indoor spaces in the United States.

The EVE of the EVE, marks its 19th anniversary as Chicagoland’s premier NYE event. Enjoy a night of elegance. All proceeds will benefit the HighSight’s scholarship programs. This black-tie optional event offers more than 2,000 young, hip, urban professionals the opportunity to mix and mingle!

Guests will be transported to another era as they  enter the 20,000 foot classic Beaux Arts style room which “boasts 18 soaring Corinthian columns, terracotta walls, a pink Tennessee marble floor and is crowned with a spectacular five-story, barrel-vaulted, atrium ceiling.”

WHEN: Sunday, December 30, 2012 for a landmark celebration supporting a truly great cause.

 

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WHERE: The magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union Station.

Guests will enjoy an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres , and entertainment throughout the night. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the party continues until 1:00 a.m. Live music and dancing guaranteed.

There’s a cash raffle with 5 prizes totaling $4,500 (first prize is $2,000) and raffle tickets may be purchased for $20. Tickets are $125 in advance and may be purchased online at www.highsight.org.

Tickets will be sold for $140 day of/at the door.

The EVE of the EVE was founded by Mark Duhon, Executive Director for the HighSight nonprofit organization. HighSight provides scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, leadership development and college readiness programs to students from inner-city neighborhoods that normally would not have the chance to attend a private high school in Chicago. Ninety-five percent of HighSight’s graduates enroll in college.

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