We Need Your Help, Chicago!

by sarah

Chicago signWhile Erin is hard at work, designing our next line of note cards (hello, Seattle!), I’m already planning out the future of this little letterpress tour we’re taking. Next stop: Chicago!

As I’m sure you can tell by now, I love Erin’s drawings, and I love finding amazing architecture to inspire her. When we approach a new city, the first thing we’re looking for is interesting, attractive locations – we obviously don’t want to print any eyesores on our cards! But we’re also looking for landmarks with some history behind them, places that are a quintessential part of that city, and that mean something to the people who live there. That was easy to do in Pittsburgh – I grew up here, I know the people and their stories, and I know which landmarks they love – and which ones are better left untouched.

That’s harder to do in a city you’ve never lived in, though, and that’s where all of you come in. We took suggestions from Chicago-loving friends, family, tweeps and facebookers, added in Erin’s wealth of knowledge on Chicago architecture, and ended up with about thirty fabulous Chicago landmarks. We’ve narrowed that down to a (not very) short list of about a dozen that we think would make great cards. Now, we need to know what real Chicagoans think.

Take a look at the spots listed below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Which ones do you love? Are there any that are decidedly NOT Chicago favorites? Is there a beloved building that we’ve totally missed? We want to hear from you!!!

Keep in mind, these are not the photos/angles/perspectives we’ll be using for the cards – just some preliminary research, courtesy of flickr and wikipedia!

The Chicago Short List

Tiffany Dome at Marshall Fields
(now Macy’s)
Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
Chicago Theatre
Chicago - Wrigley Building
Wrigley Building
Sears Tower
Sears Tower
Corncob Buildings
(Marina City, I believe?)
Chicago Water Tower
Old Water Tower
Millenium Park, Chicago, IL
Millenium Park
Millenium Park Pritzker Pavilion (Frank Gehry) 2
more Millenium Park
Harold Washington Library
Harold Washington Library
museum S_I_after
Museum of Science & Industry
(Palace of Fine Arts)
Now that's a door!
Carson Pirie Scott Building
Lake Shore Drive Apartments
Lake Shore Drive Apartments

Thoughts? Ideas? Loves? Hates? Leave a comment and let us know what you think. And when the cards are done, we’ll send some Chicago letterpress goodies to three randomly-picked commenters as a thank-you!