Stormy, husky, brawling, / City of the Big Shoulders

If Carl Sandberg had lived to see the skyscrapers of modern Chicago, I’m sure he would have been no less proud of his city than he was when he wrote his poem “Chicago” more than a hundred years ago. Rocco Buttliere has captured the Chicago skyline in LEGO with this substantial group of microscale buildings, including the John Hancock Center. The looming, iconic buildings certainly dominate the skyline, but I love the smaller buildings and landscaping that Rocco has included, like the Lookinglass Theatre building and the Seneca Playlot Park. My favorite LEGO building, though, is 900 North Michigan with lovely green glass.

LEGO Chicago Magnificent Mile

As fantastic as the buildings look in the photo above, I love this top-down look — as though you’re flying over in a helicopter.

LEGO Chicago Magnificent Mile

See lots more photos in Rocco’s photostream on Flickr.

3 comments on “Stormy, husky, brawling, / City of the Big Shoulders

  1. jindianajonz

    Awesome MOC of a great city! A quick correction though: while you are correct that the tall black building is the John Hancock Center, it was never the Sears Tower, dedpite both being black with two antennas on top. The Sears Tower was renamed the Willis Tower.

  2. jindianajonz

    Oh, and my favorite feature is the micro representation of the old water tower that survived the great Chicago fire!

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