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February 13, 2005 11:20 PM   Subscribe

Build Your Own Chicago. Do you marvel at the beauty of a classic building? Do you pray at a baseball shrine? Well, here is your chance to build your own version of many of Chicago's most recognizable buildings. Unlike any postcards I've been sent.
posted by FlamingBore (16 comments total)
posted by orthogonality at 11:56 PM on February 13, 2005

Love this. Thanks.
posted by arse_hat at 12:26 AM on February 14, 2005

oh man, im living in Ithaca right now, and I miss Chicago so much. I'm gonna have to recreate my hometown in the wasteland that is my dorm room.
posted by Kifer85 at 12:46 AM on February 14, 2005

These sure beat the generic snapshot postcards. I'm assuming that they just haven't gotten to the Wiener Circle yet. And I noticed that Millennium Park doesn't have a card yet.
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 5:12 AM on February 14, 2005

Cool, I can build my workplace!

Great link. I so want all these. : )
posted by SisterHavana at 6:14 AM on February 14, 2005

My mom sent me the Sears Tower postcard when she was in Chicago. I haven't attempted to assemble it yet. The antennas in particular are microscopic---spindly paper parts less than a millimeter wide. Looks like a challenge.
posted by tss at 6:32 AM on February 14, 2005

These cards have been around for years, so I'm not surprised that Millennium Park isn't a card yet - it's far too new.
posted by agregoli at 6:50 AM on February 14, 2005

I never realized that the Water Tower (the "sandcastle") was almost as tall as the Sears Tower. ;-)
posted by psmealey at 8:35 AM on February 14, 2005

Thanks for this! Chicago is my favorite city in the world.
posted by ScaryShrink at 9:06 AM on February 14, 2005

[Flagged as good.]

These are great fun. I'll be sending them along to my sister and brother-in-law (who has an office in the Amoco Building which is not called the Amoco Building anymore ya' know...um, I forgot what it's called now.)

BTW, ckick on the "Free Models" link and then on the "Amoco Building" the PDF reads:
Build this Banal Box
The thirteenth-tallest building
In the World
and a superb monument to Corporate Hubris

posted by jaronson at 12:24 PM on February 14, 2005

This is really cool! I wish my dad were still alive as I'm sure he'd love to get some of these.

It would be cool if there were people doing this same thing in other cities as well. A Build Your Own San Francisco would be great fun!
posted by fenriq at 1:12 PM on February 14, 2005

They did have one for Millennium Park but the city made them pull it because of copyright considerations. ;-)
posted by arse_hat at 1:14 PM on February 14, 2005

jaronson, the Amoco Building is now the Aon Center.
posted by SisterHavana at 2:34 PM on February 14, 2005

I'm gonna send one to the elephant man
posted by buriednexttoyou at 6:02 PM on February 14, 2005

Huh, this is the first time this has happened - I know the artist behind these. I can attest that the models are buildable (though best results take care and attention to detail). Cool.
posted by nanojath at 7:43 PM on February 15, 2005

There are a couple free designs here, for those interested. Color PDFs!
posted by me3dia at 12:37 PM on February 24, 2005

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