The Rookery

Most of my posts in the near future will be focused on the amazing scenery and architecture I saw on our trip to Italy, but today I thought I’d share an awesome building right here in the great city of Chicago!

A couple of weeks ago, I moseyed on over to check out The Rookery during my lunch break. It was designed by Burnham & Root (they’re pretty famous for those of you who are unfamiliar with architecture) and built in the late 1800’s on LaSalle Street downtown in the Loop. I don’t think they called it the “Loop” back then… but don’t quote me on that.

In 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright (you DO know him, right??) was commissioned to redesign the lobby, and I must say he did a fabulous job. The photos below don’t do it justice. There’s gold and white marble everywhere, and on a sunny day, the whole place literally shines underneath the huge glass ceiling. Nice effect, Frank!

If you live in Chicago or plan on visiting, The Rookery is an architectural landmark not to be missed. No joke – I promise I would tell you if it sucked. I keep it real on this blog.

Now hopefully that tides you over until my next Italy installment – coming soon!

Walk around the block

There’s no shortage of awesome architecture here in Chicago.

Proof: These cool buildings can all be found within a 1-block radius in River North.

I took these photos a couple days ago when I decided to leave work for 5 minutes to take a quick walk and enjoy the nice fall weather.

Sometimes it’s fun to play “tourist.” All it takes is a moment to stop and look up.

But I recommend doing it somewhere off to the side so you don’t get body-checked from behind by a businessman on a mission. (Real tourists: please take note.)