Chicago architects pick their favorites

AIA Chicago recently polled its members about Chicago’s architectural treasures. Some surprises:
– The Rookery (42%) as best indoor public space. Well, it’s not really all that public anymore.
– Buckingham Fountain (31%) as best outdoor public space. Overscaled, lacking in any sense of enclosure, and drowning in twin rivers of traffic.
– Robie House (32%) and Farnsworth House (28%) almost tied for best building outside the center city, beating out even Crown Hall (17%).