After countless hours of research, at least a few hours at Mariano’s going over the order of the tour, 15 minutes on WGNRadio and two hours of actual touring – the Burnham V Sullivan Tour has resulted in a definitive winner: Uncle Dan Burnham
The Tour Duel was hilarious and fun and educational and passionate.
We had eight voters on the tour, a fine mixture of other guides, photographers, interested parties and one person who wasn’t quite sure what was happening but I think had a good time anyway.
The Tour was broken down into sections:
Best Department Store
Style or What is Beautiful?
The question of the tour is: Who’s Better? Not even who was a better architect, but who’s better in general? We took a pre-vote and it was 5 Sullivan, 3 Burnham. At each stop along the way (Marshall Fields, Carsons, Auditorium, Santa Fe Building, Grant Park) Wendy and I would each make our argument and everyone in the group voted after each section. There were a few rebuttals, but they were not official! There were also a couple of “mic drops” – that generally meant one of us (or the tour guests at one point) just dropping a piece of paper they were holding on to the ground – but it was no less powerful!
What I love about Ms. Bright is that she is very different from Ms. Hicks. We laugh and giggle so, so much, but we are very different tour guides. Wendy is technical and lovely and Margaret, well, technical and lovely are not really words that have been used to describe me in the past. Each of us was passionate about our choice and I think you could see it in our arguments. What I also loved is that lots of times the group got into the action. There was so much knowledge on our tour that each and every one of us helped the others argument! It was so fun.
Well, there was the fun of working with each other. We tour guides are pretty independent, so it’s a treat to work with someone else and Wendy and I had a ton of fun setting it up. And I think we really worked on debunking some generalities about these two guys. And that to me was the purpose, to get to some bigger truths. And to also laugh a lot. And we did that.
If you missed this time around, it’s entirely possible we might do it again, my idea? Switch parts, I take Sullivan, Wendy takes Burnham.
Would that change it!?!?!?