222 (Without the Codeine)...
By special request, I do my best to see 222 S Riverside Plaza differently than the thousands which pass under it on their way to and from Union Station everyday. I will try to be kind... But... Well....
I wouldn't call it world class architecture, 222 S Riverside Plaza (known as Gateway Center III), is what it is. It could be worse.
When I went to look it up, it was given barely a nod in my book on Loop architecture. Completed in 1972, this is not one of SOMs better works. Something tells me they had hoped it would be forgotten after it was completed.
My guess is that the barrel vaulted entrance was a later edition.
The round top actually doesn't work with the rest of the building, but I suspect they were attempting to draw your attention away from the gridded box of a building.
Wind blown tree branches blurry against the building.
"Metra-ites" scurrying home from the big bad city to the relative blandness and perceived safety of the burbs.