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View of Millennium Park

View of Millennium Park

View of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan shoreline, Chicago, IL.

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September 19, 2017
A Skyscraper

A Skyscraper

Buildings of downtown Chicago with Chicago's second-tallest building - Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, IL.

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September 19, 2017
Nebraska Zephyr - EMD E5 Locomotive

Nebraska Zephyr - EMD E5 Locomotive

One can take a ride on the Nebraska Zephyr, which operated from 1947 to 1971 and now the only surviving EMD E5, an A1A-A1A passenger train-hauling diesel locomotive. Illinois Railway Museum, Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Around the IRM on a Streetcar

Around the IRM on a Streetcar

Or hop on a tram (or streetcar or trolley car) and go around the campus of the Illinois Railway Museum. Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Rotary Snowplow at the IRM

Rotary Snowplow at the IRM

Among the exhibits of the Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) is railroad snow removal equipment. There are giant wedge plows and oddly looking rotary snowplows, like this one. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum II

Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum II

There are rows of locomotives, cars, and streetcars in the train-sheds of the Illinois Railway Museum. One of them is the Milwaukee Road 265 - a 4-8-4 "Northern"-Type steam locomotive. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum I

Hangars of Illinois Railway Museum I

The Illinois Railway Museum is the largest railroad museum in the United States. Its hangars shelter numerous displays of old railroad equipment. Union, Illinois. #illinoisrailwaymuseum

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September 17, 2017
Civic Opera House (Chicago)

Civic Opera House (Chicago)

Rear facade of the Civic Opera House with its base in the south branch of the chicago river.

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September 01, 2017
People Watching the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017

People Watching the Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017

A crowd watching the solar eclipse from the deck of a skyscraper. August 21, 2017, Chicago, Illinois.

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August 21, 2017
Muffler Man - Indian, Crystal Lake, IL

Muffler Man - Indian, Crystal Lake, IL

One of the many American Giants - a Muffler Man located in Crystal Lake, Ilinois.

Now in short about Muffler Men. They are giant fiberglass sculptures used as "attention grabbers". Many of these figures were used to promote various roadside businesses and often would hold real merchandise, like full-sized car mufflers, which, as I understand, was the reason for the Muffler Men nickname.

The figures are usually 18–25 feet (5.5-7.6 meters) tall. Muffler Men were a popular roadside decoration in 60's and 70's mainly in the United States.

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August 05, 2017
West Adams Street on an Afternoon

West Adams Street on an Afternoon

Chicago. Not crowded at all in comparison to New York. The restaurant on the right, called The Berghoff, is a Chicago landmark - it was opened in 1898.

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July 17, 2017
Ladder 2737, a Fire Truck from Grayslake

Ladder 2737, a Fire Truck from Grayslake

Ladder 2737 from the Grayslake Fire Protection District. Model: 1999 Pierce Dash, pump: 2,000 gpm, tank: 500 gallon. Found in McHenry, Illinois.

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June 29, 2017
Harmilda the Cow, Harvard, IL

Harmilda the Cow, Harvard, IL

Harmilda - a life-sized fiberglass statue - is a mascot of the town of Harvard, Illinois, and the symbol of the town's annual Milk Day festival. Her name is derived from the name of the festival (HArvard MILk DAys).

Harmilda was given as a gift by Robert Jones of Jones Packing Co. in 1966 and resides at the Five Points since then.

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June 21, 2017
Easter Egg-Decorating Idea

Easter Egg-Decorating Idea

My mother knitted these pouches for the last Easter as an egg decorating experiment. The experiment was a success - the eggs look festive, the "decoration" can be applied in a wink and can be used over for every holiday. Furthermore, these knitted egg pouches make a perfect Easter gift. Happy Easter!

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April 03, 2017
Windowless Building in New York #2

Windowless Building in New York #2

Another photo of the Long Lines Building, Manhattan, New York. Different side, different mood.

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December 13, 2016
Let There Be Neon

Let There Be Neon

The shop in downtown Manhattan of a company with a clever name that specializes in designing, manufacturing, fabricating and installing neon signage and artistic lighting.

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December 09, 2016
One World Trade Center
1st Precinct is Ready for Halloween

1st Precinct is Ready for Halloween

The first precinct and mounted unit of the New York Police Department decorated its doors before Halloween.

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October 28, 2016
King?

King?

Graffiti on a TriBeCa building. Lower Manhattan, New York City.

Edit: I think I found who is the author, - Raphael Fédérici also known by the nickname Paris Sketch Culture (PSC).

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October 28, 2016
Hudson River Greenway

Hudson River Greenway

Hudson River Greenway, a section of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, is a bikeway in Manhattan.

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October 21, 2016
The Dead Horse Bay

The Dead Horse Bay

Dead Horse Bay is a small saltmarsh on the southern side of Brooklyn. In the 19th century, the marsh was a site with animal processing plants to where carcasses of dead horses and other animals were brought to be processed into glue and fertilizer. The remains were dumped into the water. This explains how the Dead Horse Bay got its name.

Horses were replaced by automobiles, and until 1930's, the marsh of Dead Horse Bay was used as a New York city's landfill. Since around 1950's the garbage dump started to erode and all the treasures are now spilling out for everyone to see. More #deadhorsebay photos.

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October 16, 2016
Glass Bottle Beach of the Dead Horse Bay

Glass Bottle Beach of the Dead Horse Bay

The coast of the Dead Horse Bay is scattered with bottles, jars, vials, and other glass containers. Less abundant are crockery, faience, porcelain, and rubber items. Probably other materials have not survived and completely decomposed. Some items were buried more than a hundred years ago. Recently I've learned that it is nicknamed “Glass Bottle Beach”. More #deadhorsebay photos.

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October 16, 2016
Luna Games at Coney Island

Luna Games at Coney Island

A water racing game with a cartoonish look at Luna Park in Coney Island. Brooklyn, New York.

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October 15, 2016
Jacob K. Javits Federal Building

Jacob K. Javits Federal Building

Jacob K. Javits Federal Office Building on Foley Square, Manhattan, New York City.

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October 11, 2016
Bar

Bar "Cyrk"

A bar on a Tribeca's quiet street with a plain entrance and a barely noticeable sign.

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October 10, 2016