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This is the skyline of Chicago taken from Grant Park on a cold, snowy day. The temperature was -4 F (-20 C) with a wind chill of -30 F. While taking this shot my scarf froze to be view screen on the back of the camera. I was only able to take a few photos before the battery died on the camera.
The train line shown in the foreground is the Metra Electric and South Shore lines bring commuters in from the south side of Chicago and Indiana.
After the Great Fire of 1871, much of the debris was pushed into the lake, creating the fill for what is now the actual park. At the end of the 19th century, plans were made to develop the park and construct large buildings and commercial property in the park. But a Chicagoan citizen, A. Montgomery Ward, wanted the park to remain open space as had already been decided in 1836, and brought the plans to court. After almost 20 years of battle in court, he won the case in 1911. As a result, the park remains open space, offering a great view on the cliff of buildings on Michigan Ave.

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