Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.
― Frank Lloyd Wright
This quote, by Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright, could be read a few different ways. Perhaps he meant that Chicago would grow and change and become a city more beautiful, more great than New York or Tokyo. But perhaps we should read this another way – that those larger, greater cities would implode upon themselves, become un-beautiful, grow too fast or too ugly, and leave Chicago, the lesser sister of US cities, to take her place as the greatest city simply by enduring.
Endurance, the ability to maintain and grow deliberately, to value beauty but not bow to trends – those are qualities valued in the upper midwest – from Chicago to Minneapolis and Madison. They are also the qualities of good relationships – enduring, planning for greatness, enjoying the beauty they possess.
So, I traveled to Chicago for photos of Emma and Al in their adopted city. A different skyline that speaks to their lives there, a symbol of their current happy life together, and a marker of this new phase in their relationship.