Illinois [AtoZChallenge]

 

ILEFT A view of the Hancock Building from Lake Michigan area beach. TOP RIGHT: A view of the Willis Tower.

Interstate Road Sign for I90 Chicago Loop.

The Hancock Building

Trump Tower

Route 66 Road Sign

Tank Top from “Boystown” in Chicago.

“The Bean” located in Millennium Park.

A view of Lake Michigan from the Skydeck of Willis Tower.

Intersection of Chicago Ave & Michigan Ave.

Chicago Illinois

  • I live in Northern Illinois. When online and asked for my location, I respond with Chicago. It’s easier than saying the name of the town and it gives the person a general idea of where I’m at. Sometimes I just tell folks I live in a Chicago suburb.
  • The “S” is silent and bugs me when people pronounce it.
  • For me a traffic jam is 5 cars trying to pass a tractor during spring & fall. This happens more when I’m driving to work in “corn country.”
  • Southern Illinois is like being in the south. A person can hear the difference in the accents between north and south. I feel like I’m in a true southern state.
  • I think the people not from Illinois view the state like this: Chicago is the northern half and corn fields is the southern half.
  • When I travel down to Texas to see the Manchild, the best part of the beginning of the road trip is driving through Illinois first. It takes around 5 1/2 hours to drive to St. Louis for us and it is the longest 5 1/2 hours of the trip. Same for when we drive back. I refuse to drive from St. Louis north towards home. UGH. Nothing to see, but corn or open fields.
  • I know its Spring time when the road construction starts, but anymore til never ends in the urban areas.
  • Some of the most dangerous neighborhoods are in Illinois. I’ve been to one of them.
  • I love that Illinois has 4 seasons. Spring. Summer, when it’s so godly hot & humid I pray for those 9 inches of snow that will come in a few months. Fall, which if you drive through Northern Illinois there is nothing more spectacular than seeing the leaves on the trees. The colors are orange, red, yellow and there is something about the smell of the leaves when you walk through any of the beautiful state parks. Winter, when we forget how to drive with the first snow fall, but quickly remember when we get 13 inches dumped on us all at once.
  • Illinois have wonderful apple orchards which serve the most delicious apple cinnamon donuts and other foods. Its great walking out to the orchards and picking your own apples.
  • The Chicago area is pretty famous for such people as John Wayne Gary who killed young boys and buried them under his home. Famous for Al Capone the famous gangster. Second City, associated with the TV series Saturday Night Live such comedians as John Candy and John Belushi. The famous highway known as Route 66.
  • There is a nuclear plant located in northern Illinois and on a clear day the clouds can be seen coming from the nuclear towers.
  • Illinois is a NO helmet required when riding a motorcycle. (Thank Heaven!)

PHOTO BELOW:

Starting at the left: A view of the Hancock Building from Lake Michigan area beach.

Top Right: A view of the Willis Tower.

Interstate Road Sign for I90 Chicago Loop.

The Hancock Building

Trump Tower

Route 66 Road Sign

Tank Top from “Boystown” in Chicago.

“The Bean” located in Millennium Park.

A view of Lake Michigan from the Skydeck of Willis Tower.

Intersection of Chicago Ave & Michigan Ave.

Chicago Illinois

Northern Illinois

ABOVE PHOTO:

UPPER LEFT PHOTO: Morning after the winter blizzard of 2014.

Traffic jam of tractors during harvest season.

Cardinal is Illinois’ state bird

“Tractor Day” at one of the local high schools in “corn country” when the seniors can drive their tractors to school prior to spring break.

Being stuck behind another tractor.

The Rock River during the fall.

Silos in corn country

It’s not unusual to see a turkey in the road or the side of the road

A thunderstorm fast approaching, tornadoes can occur at any time in this state. We’ve had them in February, thunderstorms during winter. Crazy weather.

Open highway between corn fields

Stuck behind yet another tractor

Those open highways become treacherous with blowing & drifting snow during the winter months.

Shoveling out after the snow storm of 2014.

 

 

 

 

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