Collections by Wayne Toberman

2009-03-24 PICTURE CALL CHICAGO 69 images

This is a collection of images prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Call on various sites and businesses around Chicago Illinois, USA. There is the Chicago police Badge, Brass Chicago City Seal from City Hall itself that greets visitors from all over the world, as well as the painted version on the wall overlooking the entrance, the Chicago City Motto "Urbs in Horto", a Chicago City Device or in this case, Officer Parks, from the 001 District Central precint who guards access to City Hall, the two block long Downtown Oak Park Illinois, street scenes of Hyde Park Chicgo neighborhood including buildings of the University of Chicago and Powell's Bookstore (inside and out), a Middle Eastern Bakery and some restaurants. Enjoy!

JAMES R. THOMPSON CENTER, Chicago, Illinois USA 19 images

IMAGE CALL QUABIL: THE JAMES R. THOMPSON CENTER (formerly the State of Illinois Center): Firstly let me say, that I am not the author of this narrative. That, in fact the following information was taken off of the Internet, verbatim, from multiple OFFICIAL State of Illinois and James R. Thompson Center (FORMERLY THE STATE OF ILLINOIS CENTER) on-line information sources. This was done, for the sake of building description accuracy, as called for by this Image Call from FotoLibra, (QUABIL), and to avoid any misunderstanding as to the origin or accuracy of this information. “The James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) is located at 100 W. Randolph Street in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois and houses more offices of the State of Illinois than can be found in the state's capital, Springfield. The building opened in May 1985 as the State of Illinois Center. It was re-dedicated in 1993 to honor former Illinois Governor James R. Thompson. The property takes up the entire block bounded by Randolph, Lake, Clark and LaSalle Streets, one of the 35 full-size city blocks within Chicago's Loop. In front of the Thompson Center is a sculpture, Monument With Standing Beast, by Jean Dubuffet. The JRTC is sometimes referred to as the State Building.” “The JRTC was designed by Murphy/Helmut Jahn and called "outrageous" or "wonderful" by critics when it opened. The color of the street-level panels was compared to tomato soup. The 17-story, all-glass exterior does not reflect the building's function, and instead conveys an image of pure postmodernism; the effect is striking, especially from the Daley Center. Visitors to the JRTC's interior can see all seventeen floors layered partway around the building's immense skylit atrium. The open-plan offices on each floor are supposed to carry the message of "an open government in action." “Originally, the design called for curved, insulated (double paned) glass panels, but these were found to be prohibitively expensive. Flat, insulated glass had been suggested, but were dismissed by Jahn. Single-paned (non-insulated), curved glass panels were eventually used and resulted in the need for a more expensive air conditioning system, which remains very costly to operate and is insufficient on hot days (internal temperatures have reached as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit) [1]. The marble floor of the atrium initially developed unsightly water stains, which have since resolved themselves. The Clark/Lake Chicago Transit Authority rail station, one of the busiest in the system, is housed between the JRTC and the 203 N. LaSalle building across the street. Orange, Green, Blue, Pink, Purple and Brown Line trains stop here. The Illinois Artisan's shop is also housed inside the JRTC.” (downloaded from the JRTC official Web Site). Another State of Illinois Web Site wrote: “The James R. Thompson Center in Chicago's North Loop turns special events into extraordinary affairs when they're held in such a building that people will talk about long after the event is over!” “Dedicated in May of 1985, the Center is one of Chicago's major attractions, drawing worldwide attention and more than two million visitors a year. It is a multipurpose government building that combines state agencies and offices with a commercial area of shops and restaurants. This unique building also features a State of Illinois Gallery, Illinois Artisans Shop, and one of the largest collections of contemporary Illinois artworks.” “With Chicago as the nation's transportation hub, the Center is only a non-stop flight from almost anywhere in the United States or Canada and connects to a subway service directly from O'Hare International Airport to the Center's lower level. In addition, superb ground level transportation -from trains and buses to cabs - makes arrival at the Center convenient.” Spectacular view: “The views are mesmerizing from every vantage point, from the inside as well as the outside, starting with the spacious ground floor Atrium lobby that towers to a spectacular angled skylight. Adding dynamic movement to the lobby are the soaring 16-story exposed elevator banks with their lighted glass cubicles. Its stunning architectural ambiance is a major reason event planners select the Center. According to the jury that awarded the 1986 Distinguished Building Award of the Chicago Chapter, American Institute of Architects, to Designer Helmut Jahn, the Center is ". . . the Pantheon of Chicago ... a building that makes a strong, powerful, and important statement ... and breaks new ground." Premier place for events “The James R. Thompson Center's North Loop location - at the corner of Clark and Randolph - places it near the major Chicago hotels, the Merchandise Mart, Apparel Center, and the financial district. It is convenient to expressways, parking (accommodations for 2,100 cars within a half block), and all of Chicago's rapid-transit systems.” “The James R. Thompson Center fulfills the promise that it would be alive with events, which bring activity and excitement to downtown Chicago. Visible through the 72 foot diameter open cut out of the lobby is the 4,000 square foot lower Concourse level, and its marble rosette center - ideal for entertainment during a sit-down dinner, a perfect setting for receptions, and a great dance floor.” “A variety of catering options are available ranging from cocktail receptions and simple buffets, to elegant dinners featuring Chicago's world-renowned cuisine.” Showcase for special events “The James R. Thompson Center's 7,500 square foot Assembly Hall, which seats 600, is attractive, modern, and versatile. It is the perfect setting for conferences, performances, weddings, and other events. The 24-by-48-foot semicircle stage is complemented by comfortable seating which surrounds the stage. Tiered seating and the projecting stage give everyone unobstructed views.” “The Assembly Hall has a 12-by-16 foot screen and a projection room equipped with 35mm high intensity slide projector, overhead video projection, reel-to-reel tape player, and stage lighting. The Assembly Hall also offers a coat checkroom, changing room for stage performers, and private restrooms. The space is ideal for concerts, theatrical productions, lectures, and meetings.” (as presented by the official JRTC web page).

JFRIED Photo Assignment 51 images

JFRIED location shoot images, shot Feb 2008 in Chicago for client approval.

Sears Tower Chicago Apr 2007 3 images

Sears Tower - Property Profile (as written by, and appearing on the official Sears Tower web site): "Sears Tower is strategically located on Wacker Drive in the heart of the West Loop, Chicago's premier submarket and home to its largest corporations and commuter rail stations. Completed in early 1973, Sears Tower is an attractive and contemporary 110-story trophy office tower consisting of steel columns and beams. The building contains approximately 3.8 million rentable square feet including approximately 159,000 RSF of retail space. The Property also features a 160-car underground parking garage accessible from Franklin Street. Other amenities include a world-class broadcast platform, tallest skydeck, full-service conference center, fitness facility, and exceptional technology features." "The Sears Tower, completed May 3, 1973, rises to a height of 1,450 feet and is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Chicago skyline and in the world. The Sears tower held the record for the world's tallest building for 25 years until the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia were built in 1998. Then in the Fall of 2004 Taipei 101 took all but one title -- tallest to the tips of the antennas, which the Sears Tower still owns. Including the Sears Tower antennas, the total height of the Sears Tower increases to 1,725 feet. Designed by the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill for Sears, Roebuck & Company, the world's largest retailer at the time, the 3.8 million RSF building is the preeminent office address in Chicago and one of the premier properties in the world. The property provides an irreplaceable West Loop location, unparalleled views from all of the property's highly efficient floors and an unmatched prestige."

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