Explore the Journal of Michigan Pete

Aug 15, 2018

The John Hancock Center is an undeniably iconic part of Chicago’s skyline. Now, groups can get a firsthand account of the history of the well-known building through a new interactive journal exhibit at 360 CHICAGO. Read on to see how visitors can hear—and see—”Michigan Pete’s” incredible story.

The Stories and Photos of Michigan Pete is a new interactive display that pays tribute to Evald Peterson, aka “Michigan Pete,” a head caisson inspector for construction of the John Hancock Building. Evald captured his personal experiences in a journal that brings to life the architectural building feats and challenges, recorded in his own words and pictures.

Students can quite literally flip through the digital pages of Evalds journal, all while taking in the 360-degree stunning views of Chicago—from 94 stories up.

Evald details the technical aspects of the construction of the building, in addition to his own thoughts and stories—like how he once talked his way through security in order to ascend the 100 stories on foot once the building was complete.

Also available for students to view throughout the digital journal are construction site photos, postcards and other building literature used at the time when the John Hancock Center was initially built.

To learn more about the exhibit and to book your group’s next visit, see 360chicago.com.

Content and photo courtesy of 360 CHICAGO.