Building List of Famous Chicago Buildings & Structures

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List of the famous landmarks that make up the Chicago skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Chicago architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Chicago are included on this list. Information about these Chicago buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Chicago and older historic landmarks.

Examples of buildings on this list: Art Institute of Chicago, Wrigley Field and more.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Chicago?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Chicago. Famous architectural houses within the city of Chicago are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.
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10 South LaSalle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Chicago Buildings & Structures
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10 South LaSalle is a 502 ft tall skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. It was completed in 1986 and has 37 floors. Moriyama & Teshima Architects designed this building, which is tied with One Superior Place for the 87th tallest building in the city. The first four floors of the tower are made of the ...more

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City/Town: Illinois, USA

Structural Height (m): 153.01

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1000 Lake Shore Plaza is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Chicago Buildings & Structures
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1000 Lake Shore Plaza


1000 Lake Shore Plaza is a 590ft tall skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. It was completed in 1964 and has 55 floors. Sidney Morris designed the building, which is the 47th tallest in Chicago. When it was completed, it was claimed as the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world, but the Tour ...more

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City/Town: Illinois, USA

Opened: Jan 01 1964

Structural Height (m): 179.83

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111 South Wacker Drive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Chicago Buildings & Structures
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111 South Wacker Drive is an office tower located in Chicago. Completed in 2005 at 681 feet, the 51 story blue-glass structure is one of the tallest in the city. It sits on the site of the former U.S. Gypsum Building, one of the tallest buildings in Chicago to be demolished. Designed by Lohan ...more

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City/Town: Illinois, USA

Opened: Jan 01 2005

Structural Height (m): 208.0

Floors: 51

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120 North LaSalle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Chicago Buildings & Structures
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120 North LaSalle


120 North LaSalle is a 501ft tall skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. It was constructed from 1989 to 1992. It is the 89th tallest building in the city. The building is LEED Gold-certified under the LEED EB&OM program. Above the main entrance is a mosaic mural, by artist Roger Brown, depicting Daedalus ...more

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City/Town: Illinois, USA

Opened: Jan 01 1992

Structural Height (m): 152.7

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155 North Wacker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Chicago Buildings & Structures
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155 North Wacker


155 North Wacker is a 48 story skyscraper located in Chicago, Illinois designed by Goettsch Partners and was developed by the John Buck Company. It stands 638 feet. It has received LEED silver pre-certification. ...more

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City/Town: Illinois, USA

Opened: Jan 01 2010

Structural Height (m): 195.0

Floors: 45

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1700 East 56th Street is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Chicago Buildings & Structures
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1700 East 56th Street


1700 East 56th Street, also known as 1700 Building, is a 38-story luxury apartment building overlooking Lake Michigan and adjacent to Jackson Park and the Museum of Science and Industry in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Designed by Loewenberg ...more

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City/Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Opened: Jan 01 1968

Structural Height (m): 376.0

Floors: 40

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181 West Madison Street is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Chicago Buildings & Structures
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181 West Madison Street is a skyscraper located in Chicago. Built in 1990, the building is 680 feet tall and contains 50 floors. It is architect Cesar Pelli's first and only completed tower in the city. The glassy office tower's most distinctive feature is its recessed crown. The top of the building ...more

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City/Town: Illinois, USA

Opened: Jan 01 1990

Structural Height (m): 207.0

Floors: 50

Architecture Firm: César Pelli and Associates

Created By: César Pelli and Associates

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190 South LaSalle Street is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Chicago Buildings & Structures
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190 South LaSalle Street


190 South LaSalle Street is a 573 ft tall skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. It was completed in 1987 and has 40 floors. Johnson/Burgee Architects designed the building, which is the 57th tallest building in Chicago. The lobby of the building features a tapestry by Helena Hernmarck titled "The 1909 ...more

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City/Town: Illinois, USA

Opened: Jan 01 1987

Structural Height (m): 174.65

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