Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saturday fun activity: Where IS this?

     Okay, I'm a sucker for a good curved building. I've been goggling Bertrand Goldberg's Marina Towers for nearly 40 years and still marvel at their funky 1960s corncob vibe. And don't get me started on the convex green loveliness of 333 W. Wacker, reflecting the passing river, the clouds. 
     Business took me to this one at lunchtime on Thursday, and I paused in front, to enjoy its decorative — yet useful in shading sunlight — metal vanes, extending beyond the top of the building, forming a ridge that is part palisade, part row of candles on a birthday cake.
    Where is this cool blue edifice? The winner gets this really handy "Don't Give Up the Ship" flag, the battle flag for — I don't need to tell you –  Commander Oliver Hazard Perry, who fought and won the Battle of Lake Erie against the British, both a reminder that our country has been through narrow straits before, and reflecting a steely resolve which we all could use at this moment. Or half of us anyway. Those with long memories might remember "Don't Give Up the Ship" is also the name of the 2002 book I wrote about my father, which is why I have a box of these things. I thought they would make good promotional giveaways. Oh well, it was worth a try. 
    Place your guesses below. Good luck. Have fun. 


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    1. Sure is. I knew I had seen it before. The corner of Wentworth and Archer.

    2. Bingo, Kgander. That was quick. Send your address to me at and I'll send you your flag and stand. Congratulations.

  2. Marvelous building. Wonder if it's visible from the Orange Line. I'll have to look up from my Sun-Times after the Halsted stop next time I go downtown.


    It is a bit more fun on Saturdays when people make a bunch of silly guesses before someone who knows chips in. But it's probably not worth trying to make that more probable.


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