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Andrew / August 27, 2009 9:57 AM

Suggested by Robyn. We had this question back in 2004, but we figured five years was far enough back to repeat it. If you've got a good question for Fuel, check the archives and send it to

Andrew / August 27, 2009 10:00 AM

And to answer the question: I see some ivy, and then beyond it, this building.

Patrick / August 27, 2009 10:17 AM

I have a lovely view of the Chicago River and the Loop behind me.

prattfall / August 27, 2009 10:17 AM

I work in a cube farm, what are these "windows" you speak of?

Pat / August 27, 2009 10:26 AM

The Sears tower; or whatever they're calling it these days.

mike / August 27, 2009 10:31 AM

I'm on the 24th floor of the Sears. I was just in a meeting in our south conference room ... so I was just looking at the south fork of the river, the post office, etc. It's a gray and rainy day.

mike / August 27, 2009 10:32 AM

I'm on the 24th floor of the Sears. I was just in a meeting in our south conference room ... so I was just looking at the south fork of the river, the post office, etc. It's a gray and rainy day.

charlie / August 27, 2009 10:46 AM

My neighbors porch with 2 coolers and a broom.

holden / August 27, 2009 10:53 AM

a utility shed, a chain link fence around the A/C unit and the backside of the other wing of the high school...and lots of rain puddles.

Andrew / August 27, 2009 10:58 AM

@pratfall That's why I said *nearest* window. Wherever that might be. :)

lmy / August 27, 2009 10:59 AM

a grey, empty parking lot; a construction elevator; clouds; Ceres.

eee / August 27, 2009 11:06 AM

A few trees, the other side of the office park with its white concrete buildings, and behind that are the top two floors of the Tinley Park Holiday Inn. So exciting.

David / August 27, 2009 11:28 AM

A crack in the sky, and a hand reaching down to me.

y a j / August 27, 2009 11:33 AM

I see another massive glass & metal highrise, just across the L tracks. In that building's windows, I see my own ugly building reflected back to me.

Pete / August 27, 2009 11:57 AM

Left to right: UBS Tower, the Civic Opera Building, that weird old AT&T building on Washington with the sealed-off windows, and the small office building at Washington and Franklin with the way-cool green fire escapes that used to have Brent Books on the ground floor.

eazy / August 27, 2009 12:20 PM

three muthafuckin' police starin at me. What to do now? Hurry up and get armed. alright tell me, who hit the motherfuckin alarm? Imma give you a chance, and count to 3, or else 5 of ya'll bitches are comin with me.

Cheryl / August 27, 2009 12:30 PM


printdude / August 27, 2009 12:31 PM

^^^^^^Gotta Love the Eazy-E^^^^^^^

I spy with my eye, my car and those cars of my work neighbors in the blacktopped parking lot backed by a tree-lined creek.

Basically I see this all day every day whenever I peer over the monitors on my workspace.

Dunl / August 27, 2009 1:23 PM

Parking garage.

gate / August 27, 2009 2:08 PM

A cop just shot a guy outside my window.

Thurston / August 27, 2009 2:11 PM

I'm a Chicago expat, so I don't see any of the familiar stuff you mention and which I miss seeing. From my office on the outskirts of Mexico City, I see just the edge of the ever expanding city, where half built buildings end and where the mountains that ring the city begin.

Mucky Fingers / August 27, 2009 2:24 PM

Well-trimmed grass, a cement walkway, and another one-story office building opposite mine.

Jennifer G / August 27, 2009 2:30 PM

The few windows in the building all look at the back ends of FedEx trucks.

irisheyes1212 / August 27, 2009 2:35 PM

A runway light tower

annie / August 27, 2009 3:02 PM

red brick, grey brick and windows.

flange / August 27, 2009 4:36 PM

people who are looking at me as they answer the question. their office building is much uglier than mine, so they win; they see its exterior only two or three times a day.

kate / August 27, 2009 4:51 PM

The old post office, some other buildings.

madachode / August 27, 2009 8:09 PM

Palm trees like I do everyday suckers@!

fluffy / August 27, 2009 9:02 PM

a tree, a mailbox, neighbors' houses and a storm coming this way. lots of lightning. a cat just ran by.

Matt / August 28, 2009 1:41 PM

Warrenville Rd. and the Lisle Hilton... and a lot of grey clouds.

Spook / August 28, 2009 2:48 PM

A dull grey sky
with an almost dead center view of the 148 foot white concret spire
of the First United Methodist Church aka "The Chicago Temple
and an endless view west.

It looks awesome at night

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