Illinois

Celeb Spotting

Possibly the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan’s 29,000-square-foot estate near Chicago features a basketball court (of course) as well as a tennis court and putting green. Loads more info and pictures here. Bill Gates’ 40,000-square-foot mansion in…

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Saturday, 24th December 2005

Playground World Map

Here’s yet another world map on Google Maps, this time in what looks like a school playground, and for once the map is the right way up! Thanks again to Kevin.

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Thursday, 3rd November 2005

Gage Park Fair

This is Gage Park, Chicago, and it looks like the fair’s in town! I’m not sure what most of the rides are, but if you look very closely (or in Google Earth) you can make out the shadow of the…

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Thursday, 3rd November 2005

Chicago’s Midway Airport

This is Chicago’s Midway Airport and yes, at the end of all the criss-crossing runways, and surrounding it on every side are houses. Midway is smack-bang in the middle of a residential area. Fortunately the airport has these tiny little…

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Wednesday, 2nd November 2005

Loyola University Chicago

Large type painted atop the basketball gym at Loyola University in Chicago. Student legend says that it was painted for the sake of the many passengers flying into O’Hare airport. However; the normal flight path is to the south of…

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Monday, 31st October 2005

Lake Michigan Water Pumping Station

A couple of readers pointed out a cool-looking pumping station (in the thumbnail) and another not-so-cool one, both in Lake Michigan. Presumably they are both involved in pumping water towards the nearby city of Chicago; Lake Michigan is the largest…

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Tuesday, 11th October 2005
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Google Sightseeing writer set to climb Africa’s tallest volcano

Two years ago our very own Noel Ballantyne wrote an article for Volcano Week 5 about Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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