The 40-year-old architect was a fan of Chicago long before 2008, when he moved to the city from Cincinnati to teach at IIT and, later, start his own practice, Marshall Brown Projects. “It’s a great city for architects, a place where people actually know the names Mies, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Jeanne Gang,” he says. With a recently published essay in Metropolis magazine about a possible Obama presidential library, Brown has dedicated serious time and energy to imagining the design potential for his adopted hometown. His North Center walkup is also carefully considered. Here are nine of his favorite things.