Landmarks Visited: 24
Landmarks To-Date: 98
Landmarks Remaining: 255
I spent Saturday afternoon visiting landmarks in the Loop. I visited 24 landmarks, but that's only about half the count in the area so stay tuned for another trip. It was an interesting day to be in the Loop because the police had a quite a few streets blocked. At first I thought there must be some filming going on.
But then I noticed that some of the highrises had broken windows--and not just one or two windows but many. And breaks were like holes punched in the middle of the window. Later I read in the Tribune that the storm on Friday night had 77 MPH winds that threw stones off the roofs of some buildings into the windows of others. Apparently stones are used on some roofs to reflect sunlight.
When I started this blog my brother Jeff said that the hard part would be writing about so many landmarks. He was right. It's taken a while to put together this posting because I had to sort through over 100 photos. And some of the landmarks in the Loop look pretty similar. So a couple of landmarks I'll actually have to go back and see again because I couldn't definitely identify the photos.
1. Chicago Theatre
I saw Erasure perform at the Chicago Theatre a few years back. I guess that dates me. The inside of the theatre is as spectacular as the marquee.
3. Reliance Building
I think the nearby Reliance Building is a good example of a Chicago-style highrise. It has the characteristic windows with a large pane in the center for sunlight and two smaller windows on either side that open for ventilation.
10. Old Dearborn Bank Building
19. Rookery Building
There is also a story about this sculpture. The sculpture doesn't have a face. Some people say it's because the scupltor wasn't finished on schedule and the architect decided that it didn't matter because no one would be able to see the face from the ground anyway. But this is just an urban legand--the maquee doesn't have a face either. It's just part of the streamlined design that was art deco.
22. Brooks Building