Cars and pedestrians stream workward along Dearborn on a recent morning. From the elevated platform at State and Van Buren, one can see nearly the length of the Loop, a perspective that endows the scene with a sense of purpose that’s illusory. Struggling to get to where they belong by nine, those on the street may or may not be touched by the glories of their surroundings: the grand and great buildings parading up and down along either side: the Fisher Building, looming up all fussy and orange-y, with the Monadnock Building, Mies van der Rohe’s Federal Center, and the old Marquette Building, opposing. Silent giants of history, they too do their work daily, the essence of the city springing from their very bones and skins.
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