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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 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

    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 de la ...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 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 Caprille ...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

    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 and ...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

    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

    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 Architects, ...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
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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 is ...more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1990
    • Structural Height (m): 207.0
    • Floors: 50
    • Created By: César Pelli and Associates
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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 Plan ...more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1987
    • Structural Height (m): 174.65
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    191 North Wacker

    191 North Wacker is a 516ft tall skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. It was constructed from 2000 to 2002 and has 37 floors, 14 elevators, and 68,184 m² of floor space. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates designed the building, which is the 77th tallest in Chicago.more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 2002
    • Structural Height (m): 157.28
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    200 North Riverside Plaza

    200 North Riverside Plaza, also known as River Point, is a 50 story 732 ft. tall skyscraper currently under construction in Chicago, Illinois. The 50 floor building will have 92,900 m² of floors space. It is being developed by Hines and designed by Pickard Chilton. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for ...more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Structural Height (m): 213.36
    • Floors: 50
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    200 South Wacker Drive

    200 South Wacker Drive is a 500 ft tall skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. It was completed in 1981 and has 41 floors. Harry Weese Associates designed the building, which is the 92nd tallest in Chicago.more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1981
    • Structural Height (m): 152.4
    • Floors: 41
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    29 South LaSalle

    29 South LaSalle is a proposed 51 story skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, designed by Lucien Lagrange Architects. It would stand at 870 feet. This project would include a "renovation", and facadectomy of the adjacent New York Life Insurance Building.more

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    • City/Town: Chicago, Chicagoland, Illinois, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Structural Height (m): 265.18
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    30 North LaSalle

    30 North LaSalle is a 553ft tall skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, United States. It was completed in 1975 and has 44 floors. Thomas E. Stanley designed the building, which is the 56th tallest in Chicago. It is built on the site of the Chicago Stock Exchange Building.more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1975
    • Structural Height (m): 168.55
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    300 North LaSalle

    300 North LaSalle
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    300 North LaSalle is a 60-story mixed-use building, constructed from 2006 to 2009, located on the north bank of the Chicago River on the Near North Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The building contains 1.3 million square feet of space to include offices, retail shops, ...more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 2009
    • Structural Height (m): 239.0
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    311 South Wacker Drive in Chicago, USA, is a post-modern 65-story skyscraper completed in 1990. At 961 feet tall, it is the seventh tallest building in Chicago and the 16th tallest in the United States. It was once the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world. The building is also the tallest ...more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1990
    • Structural Height (m): 293.0
    • Floors: 65
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    321 North Clark

    321 North Clark at Riverfront Plaza is a 35-story, 155.45 m skyscraper constructed from 1983 to 1987 in Chicago, Illinois. The tower was built by BCE Development Properties and designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as part of the Riverfront Plaza development on the north bank of the Chicago River. 321 ...more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1987
    • Structural Height (m): 155.45
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    330 North Wabash

    330 North Wabash
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    330 North Wabash is a skyscraper in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States, at 330 N. Wabash Avenue, designed by famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. A small bust of the architect by sculptor Marino Marini is displayed in the lobby. The 52-story building is situated on a plaza overlooking the ...more

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    • City/Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1973
    • Structural Height (m): 212.0
    • Floors: 47
    • Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
    • Created By: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
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    333 North Michigan

    333 North Michigan is an Art Deco skyscraper located in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois in the United States. Architecturally, it is noted for its dramatic upper-level setbacks that were inspired by the 1923 skyscraper zoning laws. Geographically, it is known as one of the four 1920s flanks ...more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1928
    • Structural Height (m): 120.7
    • Floors: 34
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    333 Wacker Drive

    333 Wacker Drive
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    333 West Wacker Drive is a highrise office building in Chicago, Illinois. On the side facing the Chicago River, the building features a curved green glass façade, while on the other side the building adheres to the usual rectangular street grid. The architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates who ...more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1982
    • Structural Height (m): 149.0
    • Floors: 36
    • Architect: A Eugine Kohn, James C Allen
    • Created By: A Eugine Kohn, James C Allen
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    340 on the Park

    340 on the Park
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    340 on the Park is a residential tower in the Lakeshore East development of the neighborhood of New Eastside/ East Loop Chicago and was completed in 2007. The building briefly surpassed 55 East Erie as the tallest all-residential building in Chicago. It is currently the second tallest all-residential ...more

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    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 2007
    • Structural Height (m): 205.0
    • Architect: John C. Lahey
    • Created By: John C. Lahey
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