Sunday, March 20, 2005

A tour of the "hidden" Loop

Chicago architectural photographer Devin has started a new series at his blog, highlighting the various strange little half-block courtyards and other recessed areas of Chicago's downtown district, otherwise known as the Loop; here's part 1, for example, highlighting MacChesney Court. (MacChesney Court?) I admit, I've gotten fixated on these little hidden areas of the Loop as well, where there is no through-traffic and most of the public effectively doesn't even know it exists. For all the fame and history of Chicago's Loop, there are still a surprisingly large number of little areas in it that are still virtually unknown, virtually deserted most of the time, and quite spooky in that historical, "I'm treading the ground of 19th-century ghosts" kind of way. I'm looking forward to the entire series.