Day 1 – Downtown Chicago

Downtown Chicago

Now that we’re home, it is time to show you more details of our Route 66 Tour.  This will be done in order.  You will see more photos and commentary.  I hope you enjoy it. We are starting in downtown Chicago.

If you want to filter these, click on “Recap” under categories.  This will show the after-the-trip recaps beginning with this one.  Make sure you read the captions to the photos too.

The Eastern Terminus

The eastern terminus of Route 66 is in downtown Chicago.  Originally, Route 66 began on Jackson Blvd. at Michigan Ave. in 1926.  Later it was moved a block over to Adams Street.  Today, Adams is one way heading west, while Michigan is one way heading east.  As a result, there is a “Start” and an “End” in Chicago.

copyright 2017 db walton

The Chicago “Begin”

copyright 2017 db walton

The Chicago “End”

If you are in Chicago, and looking for the start, find the Art Institute.  It is across the street on the corner at Adams Street.

copyright 2017 db walton

Chicago Art Institute

Walking Downtown

It will cost you about $25 to park downtown, but if you really want to see Route 66, you will do a lot of walking.  As a result, I recommend you park and head down Adams Street and then cut over to Jackson Blvd. and walk back.

copyright 2017 db walton

Another Begin Sign Near the “L” (Elevated tracks)

copyright 2017 db walton

Indoor Parking Near Adams Street

copyright 2017 db walton

A Panoramic View Looking Down Adams Street

Some Old, Some New

You will see both old and new downtown.  Sears (now Willis) Tower is on Route 66, as well as buildings that were around in the 1920s.  Because of this mixture of old and new, you have to look for the nostalgic stuff.

copyright 2017 db walton

Retro Neon Signs Dot Route 66 from Here (Beginning) to There (the end)

copyright 2017 db walton

Old Fire Escapes (They don’t build high rise buildings wit these anymore.)

copyright 2017 db walton

Old (right) and New (left)

copyright 2017 db walton

Remnants of a Newspaper Stand

copyright 2017 db walton

Lots of Old Brick Buildings

copyright 2017 db walton

A Mixture of Old and Newer Highrise Buildings

The People

All along Route 66 we met people who were friendly and supportive of our adventure.  Street photography is all about capturing the candid expressions of everyday street life.  A form of art in itself, street photography isn’t posed.  As a result, it’s voyeuristic nature shows what really happens.

copyright 2017 db walton

A Congested City Street

copyright 2017 db walton

Painting the Iron Work

copyright 2017 db walton

Eating Lunch

copyright 2017 db walton

Texting, Hiking, Going to Work

copyright 2017 db walton

A Girl with Purple Hair Heading to Class

Two Soldiers Walking Down Adams Street

Art Created and Accidental

I love the visuals of big cities, as well as Route 66.  In big cities you have artwork someone created, and you have artwork that’s accidental.  Here’s both in downtown Chicago.

copyright 2017 db walton

Created

copyright 2017 db walton

Accident – Jackson Pollack, Eat Your Heart Out

copyright 2017 db walton

More Structured Accidental Art

copyright 2017 db walton

Accident but More Structured (Sorry Jackson Pollock)

copyright 2017 db walton

The “L” – Accidental

copyright 2017 db walton

Created – An Art Deco Style Fountain at the Trade Building

copyright 2017 db walton

Accidental – Chicago Transit Authority (My favorite band bears the same name.)

Special Thanks

A special thanks to Warner 5 Color and Bay Photo on this part of our trip.

Leave a Reply