cee’s fun foto challenge – modern homes (about a high rising dream)

Why dream small … when you can dream big”
Viveka Gustavson


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
C.S. Lewis

This challenge will I only use images from one building – Aqua at Lakeshore East in Chicago. I wasn’t able to get a great full image of the building, so I have borrowed one from Twylah.com.

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”
James Dean

From the first day in July 2012, I laid eye on the building I said to myself that if I ever win enough money … some of them (or all) will I spend on a penthouse apartment in the building.

And I still dream about it.

The address is 225 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601.

“The future belongs to those who believe
in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Aqua is an 82-story mixed-use residential skyscraper designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, with James Loewenberg of Loewenberg & Associates as the Architect of Record. The job started in 2007 and the first tenants moved in 2009.

“Yesterday is but today’s memory,
tomorrow is today’s dream.”
Kahlil Gibran

The asking price for a two-level penthouse was $6 million in 2015 and today there isn’t any up for sale !!!

Unit 8108: $3,750,000 Listed on March 12, 2018, Penthouse with fourteen-foot ceilings, dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows and a south-facing balcony. The kitchen includes a thirteen-foot island with a Calacatta Gold Marble countertop, top-quality appliances and custom cabinetry. Master suite has a spa bath and a custom walk-in dressing room (4 bedrooms and 3,5 bath plus 2 parking spaces).

The unit was sold for $1,731,000 in 2013 –  somebody made 2 million in 5 years, talk about a great investment.

But for me … keep on dreaming!! And playing!!!!!!!!!

Or I can check in at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel that occupies the 18 first floors of the highrise next time I visit Chicago, but I doubt that my lost account will be able to carry that damage.

“I have had dreams, and I’ve had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.”
Jonas Salk

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All about buildings: Modern homes and apartments

26 thoughts on “cee’s fun foto challenge – modern homes (about a high rising dream)

  1. 🙂 What a monument!
    It looks great, but I wouldn’t want to live there – what happens in case of an emergency? A fire? Forget it… Ever since 9/11 there’s no way you’d get me to live in such a high rise building.
    Sleep tight dear Wivi!
    Many hugs xo 🙂

    • Dia, today they have special lifts that fire can’t get into … look at when Burj Khalifa was on fire a couple of years ago at New Year’s Eve, the hotel was fully booked and nobody was harmed. Emergency has been tightened so much through the last 20 years. There are more people getting harmed in lower ground homes than in skyscrapers. So you wouldn’t come and visit me?????? If I can afford that penthouse … I can afford to check you in at the hotel below too. *laughing – but I understand where you are coming from. MorningHug!!!!

  2. Absolutely fantastic photos of a building which obviously has made you dream in a city which is magical for you . . . Love your quote tho’ I dream both large and small . . . depends ! Kahlil Gibran, as oft before, makes me smile and say ‘yes’ . . . !

    • Eha, I don’t really want to live in a big city … full time. But if I can afford a penthouse in Chicago I can afford to escape too. But with views like that … I can just sit on my balcony … and dream away the days. I don’t like to have a penthouse in any other city. I’m very happy here on the 3rd floor in beautiful but small Landskrona (37000) – and risk for me to win the EuroLotto is less than ZERO %. My quote is very similar to Norman Vincent Peale’s quote “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

    • Lola, yes it’s one of it’s kind and even better in real life. When the sun plays with all that glass it looks like waterfalls. That is why it’s called “Aqua”.

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