I love metaphysical elegance.

“Chicago has a strange metaphysical elegance of death about it.”
–Claes Oldenburg

He also said of Chicago, “The real art here is architecture, or anything that really stands up.” Here is Oldenburg’s Batcolumn, which you can find at 600 West Madison.

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Here is a lovely quote.

“The intersection of Michigan and Wacker, I found out, isn’t just a corner, it’s a vortex. The deeper I dug into the history of Chicago and its relationship to the history of the country, the more crowded the ghost traffic jam clogging up the Michigan Avenue Bridge got.”

–Sarah Vowell, Michigan and Wacker

Listen to the whole essay here.