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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.
  • 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 original facade from the Otis Building, the original building on this site.... more on Wikipedia
    • 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 Bourse in Montreal was completed the same year, thus taking the title. The tower was also the tallest building in Chicago with balconies until the Park Tower was completed in 1999.... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1964
    • Structural Height (m): 179.83
  • 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 Goettsch Architects, the building is noted for its unique parking ramp. The ramp's cyclical form creates a dramatic sloped ceiling for the building's main lobby underneath. The ramp's corkscrew design is reflected outside as well; the pavement follows the radiating lines set inside. The building is also noteworthy for its sustainable design, becoming the first-ever project to be certified... more on Wikipedia
    • 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 Icarus. It was commissioned by the architects and Ahmanson Commercial Development Company in 1991.... more on Wikipedia
    • City/Town: Illinois, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1992
    • Structural Height (m): 152.7