I really like working in one of the world’s best public squares ever.

Pioneer court in Chicago on Michigan Avenue has been called one of the world’s best public squares in existence. Surrounded by great architecture on the south with 333 North Michigan Avenue and the London Insurance Building, on the north with the magnificent Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower; I’m glad I work right next to this court and walk by it every day. There’s many great photo opportunities. Here’s some of my shots:

Dramatic Light on Michigan Avenue and Tribune Tower Mighty pillars of the London Guarantee Building in Chicago Fog on Wacker Drive and Michigan Avenue

Barack Obama Inauguration jumbotron in Chicago: 7

Wrigley Building in Fog

Michigan Avenue during a Chicago snowstorm

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Tom Saaristo
13 years ago

I wish my work didn’t block flickr, I have no doubt this is one gorgeous post! I took a lot of pride in working in the Tribune Tower when I was there. Part of that pride wasn’t just walking in and out of the Tower, but being surrounded by the Wrigley Building, Pioneer Ct. The NBC Tower, the Boul Mich Bridge and more. Looking forward to going home to take a look at this in its full glory!

srhbth
srhbth
13 years ago

Just out of curiosity, who or what actually called it one of the “world’s best public squares in existence”? is there a list or was this someone’s offhand remark? what were the criteria for this distinction? Is there anything actually IN the square itself, besides the sculptures? or does it take its glory from the surrounding structures? Are there any benches? What are the boundaries of the court? INFORMATION PLEASE 🙂

Lisa Schryver
Lisa Schryver
13 years ago

Is Pioneer Court really considered a “square”? I mean, yes technically it is a square shape, but what really constitutes a “square”? I agree with Sarah — more info!!!

srhbth
srhbth
13 years ago

I had the squares of Philadelphia in mind – they have fountains, sculptures, plenty of benches, grassy areas, etc. But those four squares were planned out in advance when Philly was first laid out, eliminating the problem of finding open space in the middle of an already-built city.

unlikelymoose
13 years ago

I am envious

unlikelymoose
13 years ago

Working directly across from Millennium Park would be great fun. I can’t decide if I’d want to be in one of the buildings directly across from the Bean, ice skating rink, or water fountain display.

Sparx
13 years ago

My offer to be your extremely overpaid assistant still stands. 😉

srhbth
srhbth
13 years ago

I don’t know, I still wonder if the “square” where I work can beat this. I mean, we have a Subway AND a Wendy’s, plus two banks and a mattress store.

Sparx
13 years ago

Is Subway really a “plus” nowadays? I used to eat there all the time, but the constant singing of “$5… $5… $5 footloooooong” has driven me away.

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