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Taken from one of the most common spots for photographing the beautiful Chicago skyline, just in front of the world's first planetarium, the Adler Planetarium.

On the left, you can see part of the world-famous Shedd Aquarium and its all-glass walls that give a panoramic view of Lake Michigan during the dolphin shows. The Shedd is the largest indoor aquarium in the world.

Moving to the right, you see the landmark Chicago Hilton and Towers hotel, which overlooks Grant Park, Millennium Park and the city's museum campus. The indentations you see in the Hilton and Towers (maybe tough to see in this panorama, but if you see larger pictures of the building) are courtyards -- there are nine of them in total. When the Hilton and Towers first opened (it was called the Stevens Hotel in 1927), it was the largest hotel in the world. The most expensive hotel stay in the city is here at this Hilton -- the Conrad Hilton Suite on the 29th and 30th floors will run you well over $5,000 per night. Among the people that have stayed there include the last four U.S. presidents, John Travolta, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Cher and Bob Hope, among many others of the rich and famous jet-set.

The highlight, of course, of the Chicago skyline is the Sears Tower, the tallest building in the world in terms of number of stories. At 110 stories, it will lead the pack until several other proposed and/or under-construction towers are completed in the next 10-15 years in places like Dubai, Moscow, Seoul and Istanbul. It is currently the third tallest building in terms of actual height, including antennaes atop the buildings and other spires. Ahead of the Sears Tower are the Taipei 101 in Taiwan and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Not far behind the Sears Tower are two other giant skyscrapers -- the Aon Center, which is the very square-looking building in the right one-third of the photo; and the John Hancock Center, which is the building at the far right with the twin spires atop it.

And of course, one cannot forget about Lake Michigan, which borders the world's greatest city to the east.

One quick note on this photo: It is one image, cropped from the top and the bottom to form the panorama. No Photoshop stitching was done, as it was taken with a 24mm wide-angle lens on my Kodak P880 DSLR. However, see Kirk's workshop for a nice adjustment in the crop to take out some of the water. He vastly improves this photo -- so thanks, Kirk!

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