I’ve just returned from a far-too-short visit to Chicago for the latest An Event Apart. The event itself went off magnificently. I would only like to echo Jeffrey’s thoughts, and express my extreme gratitude to all the attendees for the good times and great discussion. I also wish we could take the Gleacher Center with us to every city, as it’s the ideal venue. Check out some photos from the event on Flickr.
There is something odd I noticed on multiple occasions during my brief stay: When talk of a structure getting replaced or destroyed (for instance, a building), Chicagoans tend to refer to it as being “razed to the ground”. Now, I’m not unfamiliar with this phrase, but I must admit, I’ve never heard it used so seemingly universally and frequently. Which is not to say I spent my time with some hell-bent anarchists, but conversation in Chicago often meanders to architecture and new construction projects. Just an observation, of course, but one that makes me happy, partially due to the somewhat archaic nature of the phrase itself, but also the phrase’s status in the local parlance.
I truly do love Chicago. I’m starting to think of it as my city mistress (the city I visit that I don’t want Philadelphia to know about). I hope to get out there again soon—not that I need much convincing to go, or to hang out at the bar with Coudal Partners over and over again. Shhh, don’t tell Philly.