The Inland Steel building, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is one of Lynch’s favorites in a city that has plenty of architectural masterworks to choose from. “It’s so thin and so pure,” Lynch says. Photo by Chad Holder.
Art Institute of Chicago garden, 1962, Chicago, IL, Dan Kiley “Built over a garage, it’s quintessential Kiley and another great response to the automobile culture. There’s a central fountain, raised planters on the grid, and limited plant materials—primarily locust trees and a bosque of hawthorns; Dan was all about the architecture of the trees.”
Lynch calls the Music Box movie theater on Southport Avenue, designed by local architect Louis A. Simon in 1929, “the last great independent” in Chicago. If you go, watch out for the theater’s tireless protector, a ghost named Whitey who is said to still pace aisle four. Photo by Chad Holder.