Ask ChicagoNow: What is your favorite building in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is your favorite building in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What is your favorite building in Chicago?

“Willis Tower. Of course, to me it always will be Sears Tower, as I worked there for 16 years. Lunch hour at the Skydeck Observatory, going down into the bowels of the building to pick up a FedEx package for my boss – that was also where all the limos were parked, and the home of colonies of feral cats, which were tolerated as they were good mousers. I had a window office on 49 that overlooked the lake, an one night saw the biggest moonrise I’ve ever seen. Magic!” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“The Rookery Building for the ornate details inside and the impressive mural on an exterior wall.” — Sher BonDurant, On Tap in the Windy City

“The flatiron building is fun, used to be more fun when it was a HUGE hipster coffee shop on the corner instead of the Bank of America that’s there now, but oh well, still a cool building in the center of action, and what’s better than action?” — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences

“My favorite building is Fourth Presbyterian Church. It looks like it was built much earlier than the 1912 cornerstone shows, yet the Gratz Center (education building) has 2012 on its cornerstone. Through the 30 years I’ve been a member, ‘getting involved’ has never meant finding something to do; instead, I’m spoiled for choice. But sometimes the best thing to do is just to go in the sanctuary and look up at the ceiling. Frederick Clay Bartlett’s magnificent beams are decorated with 14 figures of angels, one on each pillar.” — Margaret Laing, Margaret Serious

“The Symphony Center. I’ve attended events there and had the opportunity to sing on that stage with the CSO a zillion years ago. The memories and the architecture make that my favorite building.” — Marie Larsen, There’s a Bug In My Coffee

“I love the Tribune Tower and what it represents. Also love the beautiful Wrigley Building.” — Judy Marcus, Opinionated Woman

“The Thompson Center! It’s part rounded, part angular, and all mesmerizing.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“The Water Tower! It was one of my favorite places to visit as a teen in the 80s! I looked forward to shopping for jeans and browse the infamous Swatch store on weekends. I was amazed to find out that it still exists and was a kid in a candy store when I last visited a few years ago!” — Sabrina Nixon, Purple Reigns: How to Live a Full Life with Lupus

“McClurg Court because my father’s office was the penthouse suite there when we first moved to Chicago. I remember just being in awe of the view of the city.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“The Rookery! Followed by City Hall and the Cultural Center.” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“John Hancock, no matter what they call it next. We actually call it John Haircut because our son, when he was very little, thought that’s what it was named. I think he had just had his very first haircut. The architecture is somehow elegant and feels lighter than air while still massive, compared to most other skyscrapers. We drive inbound on North Lake Shore Drive every morning and John Haircut defines Chicago’s skyline as we approach. It can sometimes take your breath away as you crest on the rising over LaSalle Drive near North Avenue. And I remember when it was built. We watched it rise and were thrilled.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

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Lead image via Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune

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