|By Marketwired .||
|August 22, 2014 07:01 AM EDT||
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 08/22/14 -- Visitors to Chicago have added an item to their must-see list; the city's world-renowned architecture. And it's not surprising; while the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed the mainly wooden buildings in the residential and commercial heart of the city, it also allowed for a complete rebuilding of the city in brick and stone. World-famous architects poured into the city, anxious to leave their mark on Chicago's renewing landscape. Chicago soon became known as the birthplace of the skyscraper and the rest, as they say, is history.
Today, a series of awe-inspiring buildings dot Chicago's landscape and line the Chicago River. Visitors seeking to explore the city's landmarks often head to Sightseeing's Architecture River Tours. Now celebrating its 75th Anniversary, Shoreline has been offering these popular tours since 1999.
Not only do Shoreline's 75-minute tours cruise past a multitude of the city's most famous skyscrapers, they are led by Shoreline's famously experienced and entertaining docents.
As Shoreline architecture docent Jeff Simpson says, "Our tours offer close-up views of the city's famous landmarks as well as commentary by one of our highly trained and dedicated docents. It's a relaxing way to learn about our great architecture. Plus our tours offer unobstructed views for photographers; the cameras and cell phones come out as soon as we pull away from the dock!"
A native of Chicago, Jeff has been with Shoreline for eight years, beginning as a deckhand and eventually becoming a Docent Manager. "I grew up in Chicago so knew a little of the city's history. I learned a lot more as a crew member on Shoreline's lake and river tours."
"It wasn't until I went through the Shoreline docent training that I gained a true appreciation of the role Chicago plays in the broad spectrum of American architecture. For instance, the river tour includes landmark buildings from three centuries beginning with Fulton House, completed in 1898 all the way up to Trump Tower and Aqua Condominiums, completed in 2009."
Asked about his personal favorites, Jeff cites the River Cottages by noted Chicago-based architect Harry Weese. "The River Cottages were ahead of their time. No one was contracting living space near the riverfront in the 80s, let alone embracing the river as the River Cottages do." Other favorites include 333 West Wacker, and two 20th Century classics -- the Tribune Building and the Wrigley Building.
Each Shoreline guide creates their own presentation, which helps explain why passengers enjoy returning for repeat Shoreline architecture tours. Not only might they get a slightly different angle on Chicago's architecture, but they can experience the tour at different times of day or evening.
"It's a completely different experience at night; the buildings are even more impressive lit up against the dark sky." Guides also keep up with the latest in Chicago architecture. "The skyline is constantly changing. "Since I started, we've added Trump Tower and the Aqua condominiums and there is construction starting soon at Wolf Point," says Jeff.
Shoreline's River Architecture Tours are known for being fact-filled, but also relaxed and humorous in spots. "I think there is definitely a place for a bit of humor in the stories behind Chicago's landmarks. There's always the old story of Mrs. O'Leary's cow turning over a lantern that started the Chicago Fire; actually many historians now debunk that as a myth. Passengers seem to relax once they realize the tour will be more than just a recitation of facts."
Like all Shoreline docents, Jeff is available after his tour ends to answer passenger questions. "It's actually one of the best parts of the job since I get to talk to people one-on-one."
Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tours depart daily spring through fall from two locations, Navy Pier and the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Summer-season tours begin at approximately 10:15 a.m. and run into the evening with last departure at 8:30 p.m. On Wednesday and Saturday evenings, Shoreline also offers a combination Architecture Fireworks Cruise. This special cruise includes both the 75-minute guided architectural tour and viewing of the Navy Pier fireworks displays. For complete information, see http://www.chicagotraveler.com/architecture-river-cruise or call 312-222-9328.
800 450 7805 ext 10809
In his session at DevOps Summit, Tapabrata Pal, Director of Enterprise Architecture at Capital One, will tell a story about how Capital One has embraced Agile and DevOps Security practices across the Enterprise – driven by Enterprise Architecture; bringing in Development, Operations and Information Security organizations together. Capital Ones DevOpsSec practice is based upon three "pillars" – Shift-Left, Automate Everything, Dashboard Everything. Within about three years, from 100% waterfall, C...
Jan. 17, 2017 04:30 PM EST Reads: 9,443
Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walked through how Octob...
Jan. 17, 2017 04:30 PM EST Reads: 2,879
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, discussed the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports.
Jan. 17, 2017 04:15 PM EST Reads: 1,954
"We're bringing out a new application monitoring system to the DevOps space. It manages large enterprise applications that are distributed throughout a node in many enterprises and we manage them as one collective," explained Kevin Barnes, President of eCube Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jan. 17, 2017 03:30 PM EST Reads: 5,308
In 2014, Amazon announced a new form of compute called Lambda. We didn't know it at the time, but this represented a fundamental shift in what we expect from cloud computing. Now, all of the major cloud computing vendors want to take part in this disruptive technology. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, John Jelinek IV, a web developer at Linux Academy, will discuss why major players like AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Bluemix, and Google Cloud Platform are all trying to sidestep VMs and containers...
Jan. 17, 2017 03:26 PM EST Reads: 234
Containers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and containers together help companies achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder of Jelastic, reviewed the current landscape of Dev...
Jan. 17, 2017 02:45 PM EST Reads: 4,090
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint, a leading digital experience intelligence company, has been named “Silver Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Catchpoint Systems is a leading Digital Performance Analytics company that provides unparalleled insight into your customer-critical services to help you consistently deliver an amazing customer experience. Designed for digital business, C...
Jan. 17, 2017 02:30 PM EST Reads: 1,731
"We formed Formation several years ago to really address the need for bring complete modernization and software-defined storage to the more classic private cloud marketplace," stated Mark Lewis, Chairman and CEO of Formation Data Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jan. 17, 2017 02:15 PM EST Reads: 6,312
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
Jan. 17, 2017 02:15 PM EST Reads: 3,624
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developm...
Jan. 17, 2017 02:15 PM EST Reads: 3,347
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
Jan. 17, 2017 02:00 PM EST Reads: 5,354
Updating DevOps to the latest production data slows down your development cycle. Probably it is due to slow, inefficient conventional storage and associated copy data management practices. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, in Product and Solution at Tintri, will talk about DevOps and cloud-focused storage to update hundreds of child VMs (different flavors) with updates from a master VM in minutes, saving hours or even days in each development cycle. He will also...
Jan. 17, 2017 02:00 PM EST Reads: 1,062
Things are changing so quickly in IoT that it would take a wizard to predict which ecosystem will gain the most traction. In order for IoT to reach its potential, smart devices must be able to work together. Today, there are a slew of interoperability standards being promoted by big names to make this happen: HomeKit, Brillo and Alljoyn. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Adam Justice, vice president and general manager of Grid Connect, will review what happens when smart devices don’t work togethe...
Jan. 17, 2017 01:45 PM EST Reads: 215
When you focus on a journey from up-close, you look at your own technical and cultural history and how you changed it for the benefit of the customer. This was our starting point: too many integration issues, 13 SWP days and very long cycles. It was evident that in this fast-paced industry we could no longer afford this reality. We needed something that would take us beyond reducing the development lifecycles, CI and Agile methodologies. We made a fundamental difference, even changed our culture...
Jan. 17, 2017 01:45 PM EST Reads: 802
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, will highlight the current challenges of these transformative technologies and share strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” will outline the latest trends and developm...
Jan. 17, 2017 01:45 PM EST Reads: 911