List of tallest buildings in Chicago

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Skyline of Chicago from the John Hancock Center, with Aon Center to the left and the Willis Tower to the right

Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States, is home to 1,209 completed high-rises,[1] 105 of which stand taller than 500 feet (152 m). The tallest building in the city is the 110–story Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), which rises 1,451 feet (442 m) in the Chicago Loop and was completed in 1974.[2][3] Sears Tower was the tallest building in the world from its completion until 1998, when it was overtaken by the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; it remained the tallest building in the United States until May 10, 2013 when it was overtaken by One World Trade Center in New York City.[4] The second-, third- and fourth-tallest buildings in Chicago are the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Aon Center and the John Hancock Center, respectively. Of the ten tallest buildings in the United States, four are located in Chicago.[5] As of February 2013, the entire city has 105 buildings at least 500 feet (152 m) tall.[6] Based on the average height of its ten tallest completed buildings, Chicago has the tallest skyline in the country and the third-tallest in the world.[7]

Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper.[8][9] The Home Insurance Building, completed in 1885, is regarded as the world's first skyscraper. This building used the steel-frame method, innovated in Chicago. It was originally built with 10 stories, a supertall height in the 1800s, to a height of 138 feet (42 m), making it the tallest building in the world. It was later expanded to 12 stories with a height of 180 feet (55 m). The building was demolished in 1931.[10][11] New York City then began building skyscrapers as Chicago had done, and the two cities were virtually the only cities in the world with huge skylines for many decades. Chicago has always played a prominent role in the development of skyscrapers and three past buildings have been the tallest building in the United States. Being the inventor of the skyscraper, Chicago went through a very early high-rise construction boom that lasted from the early 1920s to the late 1930s, during which 11 of the city's 91 tallest buildings were constructed. The city then went through an even much larger building boom that has lasted from the early 1960s. The tallest buildings are concentrated in various downtown districts such as the Loop, Streeterville, River North, the South Loop, and the West Loop. Other high-rises extend north along the waterfront into North Side districts such as the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown and Edgewater. Some high-rises also extend south from downtown along the waterfront to South Side districts such as Kenwood, Hyde Park, and South Shore.

Several new skyscrapers were constructed in the city throughout the 2000s, including the Trump International Hotel & Tower. The planned 2,000-foot (610 m) Chicago Spire, which would be located in the Streeterville neighborhood, would become the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere if completed.[12] As of August 2014 there were 10 skyscrapers under construction in Chicago.[13]

Field Museum of Natural History One Museum Park Shedd Aquarium The Columbian Hilton Chicago Renaissance Blackstone Hotel One Financial Place 311 South Wacker Drive Spertus Institute 200 South Wacker Drive Willis Tower Chicago Board of Trade Congress Plaza Hotel 111 South Wacker Drive Franklin Center North Tower Kluczynski Federal Building Auditorium Building Field Building CNA Center Citadel Center Metropolitan Tower Chase Tower Three First National Plaza Santa Fe Building One South Dearborn Mid-Continental Plaza Buckingham Fountain Richard J. Daley Center Legacy Tower University Club of Chicago LaSalle-Wacker Building 300 North LaSalle United Building Pittsfield Building Leo Burnett Building The Heritage at Millennium Park Crain Communications Building Kemper Building Michigan Plaza South One Prudential Plaza Jay Pritzker Pavilion Trump Tower Chicago Two Prudential Plaza Aon Center Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower Aqua 340 on the Park The Buckingham Park Tower The Tides Olympia Centre Outer Drive East The Shoreham John Hancock Center Water Tower Place North Harbor Tower Harbor Point The Parkshore 400 East Ohio Street 401 East Ontario Onterie Center North Pier Apartments Lake Point Tower Navy Pier
The 2010 Chicago skyline as seen from the Adler Planetarium (Use cursor to identify buildings)

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Chicago skyscrapers that stand at least 550 feet (168 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This height includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings. The "Year" column indicates the year of completion.

Rank Name Image Height
ft (m)
Floors Year Coordinates Notes
01.01 Willis Tower 1,450 (442) 108 1974 41°52′44″N 87°38′9″W / 41.87889°N 87.63583°W / 41.87889; -87.63583 (Willis Tower) Formerly known as Sears Tower; second tallest building in the United States, 9th-tallest building in the world; tallest building in the world from 1974 until 1998; tallest building completed in the world in the 1970s[2][3][4]
02.02 Trump International Hotel and Tower 1,389 (423) 98 2009 41°53′20″N 87°37′35″W / 41.88889°N 87.62639°W / 41.88889; -87.62639 (Trump International Hotel and Tower) Third tallest building in the United States; tallest building completed in the United States in the 2000s[14][15]
03.03 Aon Center 1,136 (346) 83 1973 41°53′7″N 87°37′17″W / 41.88528°N 87.62139°W / 41.88528; -87.62139 (Aon Center) 5th-tallest in the United States; formerly known as the Standard Oil Building[16][17]
04.04 John Hancock Center 1,127 (344) 100 1969 41°53′55.5″N 87°37′23″W / 41.898750°N 87.62306°W / 41.898750; -87.62306 (John Hancock Center) 6th-tallest in the United States; tallest building constructed in the world in the 1960s; first building in the world outside of New York City to rise at least 1,000 feet (305 m)[18][19]
05.05 Franklin Center North Tower 1,007 (307) 61 1989 41°52′49.5″N 87°38′5″W / 41.880417°N 87.63472°W / 41.880417; -87.63472 (AT&T Corporate Center) Formerly known as the AT&T Corporate Center; 11th-tallest in the United States; tallest building constructed in Chicago in the 1980s[20][21]
06.06 Two Prudential Plaza 995 (303) 64 1990 41°53′8″N 87°37′22″W / 41.88556°N 87.62278°W / 41.88556; -87.62278 (Two Prudential Plaza) 13th-tallest in the United States; tallest building constructed in Chicago in the 1990s[22][23]
07.07 311 South Wacker Drive 961 (293) 65 1990 41°52′39″N 87°38′8″W / 41.87750°N 87.63556°W / 41.87750; -87.63556 (311 South Wacker Drive) 16th-tallest in the United States[24][25]
08.08 900 North Michigan 871 (266) 66 1989 41°53′59″N 87°37′30″W / 41.89972°N 87.62500°W / 41.89972; -87.62500 (900 North Michigan) [26][27]
09.09 Water Tower Place 859 (262) 74 1976 41°53′52.5″N 87°37′20.5″W / 41.897917°N 87.622361°W / 41.897917; -87.622361 (Water Tower Place) [28][29]
10.010 Aqua 859 (262) 82 2009 41°53′11″N 87°37′12″W / 41.88639°N 87.62000°W / 41.88639; -87.62000 (Aqua) One of tallest buildings in the world designed by a female-lead architectural firm; first skyscraper in Chicago to contain a hotel, condominiums, apartments and retail space[30][31][32][33][34]
11.011 Chase Tower 850 (259) 60 1969 41°52′53.5″N 87°37′48″W / 41.881528°N 87.63000°W / 41.881528; -87.63000 (Chase Tower) Also known as First National Plaza. [35][36]
12.012 Park Tower 844 (257) 67 2000 41°53′49.5″N 87°37′30.5″W / 41.897083°N 87.625139°W / 41.897083; -87.625139 (Park Tower) [37][38]
13.013 The Legacy at Millennium Park 822 (251) 73 2010 41°52′53″N 87°37′32″W / 41.88139°N 87.62556°W / 41.88139; -87.62556 (The Legacy at Millennium Park) Tallest all-residential building in Chicago[39][40]
14.014 300 North LaSalle 784 (239) 60 2009 41°53′17.5″N 87°37′59″W / 41.888194°N 87.63306°W / 41.888194; -87.63306 (300 North LaSalle) [41][42]
15.015 Three First National Plaza 767 (234) 57 1981 41°52′56″N 87°37′50″W / 41.88222°N 87.63056°W / 41.88222; -87.63056 (Three First National Plaza) [43][44]
16.016 Chicago Title and Trust Center 2004-08-31 1600x2840 chicago chicago title and trust building.jpg 755 (230) 50 1992 41°53′5″N 87°37′50″W / 41.88472°N 87.63056°W / 41.88472; -87.63056 (Chicago Title and Trust Center) [45][46]
17.017 Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower 743 (226) 57 2010 41°53′5″N 87°37′12″W / 41.88472°N 87.62000°W / 41.88472; -87.62000 (Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower) First phase completed in 1997; 24–floor vertical expansion completed in 2010[47][48]
18.018 One Museum Park 726 (221) 62 2009 41°52′1.5″N 87°37′17″W / 41.867083°N 87.62139°W / 41.867083; -87.62139 (One Museum Park) Tallest building on the South Side of Chicago; tallest building in the city located outside of the Chicago Loop and the Near North Side.[49][50]
19.019 Olympia Centre 725 (221) 63 1986 41°53′47″N 87°37′24″W / 41.89639°N 87.62333°W / 41.89639; -87.62333 (Olympia Centre) [51][52]
20.020 330 North Wabash 695 (212) 52 1973 41°53′19″N 87°37′39″W / 41.88861°N 87.62750°W / 41.88861; -87.62750 (330 North Wabash) Also known as the IBM Building[53][54]
21.021 Waldorf Astoria Chicago Hotel Elysian.jpg 686 (209) 60 2010 41°53′59″N 87°37′39″W / 41.89972°N 87.62750°W / 41.89972; -87.62750 (Elysian) [55][56]
22.022 111 South Wacker Drive 111 south wacker chicago.jpg 681 (208) 51 2005 41°52′49″N 87°38′10.5″W / 41.88028°N 87.636250°W / 41.88028; -87.636250 (111 South Wacker Drive) [57][58]
23.023 181 West Madison Street 680 (207) 50 1990 41°52′53.5″N 87°38′00″W / 41.881528°N 87.63333°W / 41.881528; -87.63333 (181 West Madison Street) [59][60]
24.024 Hyatt Center 679 (207) 48 2005 41°52′51″N 87°38′10″W / 41.88083°N 87.63611°W / 41.88083; -87.63611 (Hyatt Center) [61][62]
25.025 One Magnificent Mile One Magnificent Mile, Chicago.jpg 673 (205) 57 1983 41°54′2″N 87°37′29″W / 41.90056°N 87.62472°W / 41.90056; -87.62472 (One Magnificent Mile) [63][64]
26.026 340 on the Park 672 (205) 64 2007 41°53′5.5″N 87°37′8″W / 41.884861°N 87.61889°W / 41.884861; -87.61889 (340 on the Park) [65][66]
27.027 77 West Wacker Drive UnitedAirlinesBuildingChicagoIL.jpg 668 (204) 49 1992 41°53′11.5″N 87°37′50″W / 41.886528°N 87.63056°W / 41.886528; -87.63056 (77 West Wacker Drive) Also known as the United Building; formerly known as the R.R. Donnelley Building[67][68]
28.028 One North Wacker 652 (199) 50 2001 41°52′56″N 87°38′10″W / 41.88222°N 87.63611°W / 41.88222; -87.63611 (One North Wacker) Also known as the UBS Tower[69][70]
29.029 Richard J. Daley Center 648 (198) 32 1965 41°53′2.5″N 87°37′49″W / 41.884028°N 87.63028°W / 41.884028; -87.63028 (Richard J. Daley Center) Tallest flat-roofed building in the world that contains fewer than 40 floors[71][72][73]
30.030 55 East Erie Street 647 (197) 56 2003 41°53′38″N 87°37′33″W / 41.89389°N 87.62583°W / 41.89389; -87.62583 (55 East Erie Street) 2nd-tallest all-residential building in Chicago[74][75]
31.031 Lake Point Tower 645 (197) 70 1968 41°53′30″N 87°36′44″W / 41.89167°N 87.61222°W / 41.89167; -87.61222 (Lake Point Tower) Shortest building in the world to contain 70 floors[76][77]
32.032 River East Center 644 (196) 58 2001 41°53′29″N 87°37′5.5″W / 41.89139°N 87.618194°W / 41.89139; -87.618194 (River East Center) [78][79]
33.033 Grand Plaza I 641 (195) 57 2003 41°53′31″N 87°37′43″W / 41.89194°N 87.62861°W / 41.89194; -87.62861 (Grand Plaza I) [80][81]
34.034 155 North Wacker 155 North Wacker, Chicago.jpg 638 (195) 45 2009 41°53′5″N 87°38′11.5″W / 41.88472°N 87.636528°W / 41.88472; -87.636528 (155 North Wacker) [82][83]
35.035 Leo Burnett Building 635 (194) 50 1989 41°53′11″N 87°37′45″W / 41.88639°N 87.62917°W / 41.88639; -87.62917 (Leo Burnett Building) [84][85]
36.036 The Heritage at Millennium Park The Heritage at Millennium Park, Chicago.jpg 631 (192) 57 2005 41°53′3″N 87°37′32″W / 41.88417°N 87.62556°W / 41.88417; -87.62556 (The Heritage at Millennium Park) [86][87]
37.037 NBC Tower 627 (191) 37 1989 41°53′24″N 87°37′16″W / 41.89000°N 87.62111°W / 41.89000; -87.62111 (NBC Tower) [88][89]
38.038 353 North Clark 353 North Clark, Chicago.jpg 624 (190) 44 2009 41°53′20″N 87°37′48″W / 41.88889°N 87.63000°W / 41.88889; -87.63000 (353 North Clark) [90][91]
39.039 Millennium Centre Millennium Centre Tower, Chicago.jpg 610 (186) 58 2003 41°53′35″N 87°37′45″W / 41.89306°N 87.62917°W / 41.89306; -87.62917 (Millennium Centre) [92][93]
40.040 Chicago Place 608 (185) 49 1991 41°53′43″N 87°37′30.5″W / 41.89528°N 87.625139°W / 41.89528; -87.625139 (Chicago Place) [94][95]
41.041 Chicago Board of Trade Building 605 (184) 44 1930 41°52′39.5″N 87°37′56″W / 41.877639°N 87.63222°W / 41.877639; -87.63222 (Chicago Board of Trade Building) Tallest Art Deco building in the world outside of New York City; tallest building constructed in the city in the 1930s[96][97]
42.042= One Prudential Plaza 601 (183) 41 1955 41°53′5″N 87°37′24″W / 41.88472°N 87.62333°W / 41.88472; -87.62333 (One Prudential Plaza) Tallest building constructed in Chicago in the 1950s[98][99]
43.042= CNA Center 601 (183) 44 1972 41°52′38″N 87°37′32″W / 41.87722°N 87.62556°W / 41.87722; -87.62556 (CNA Center) [100][101]
44.044 Heller International Building Heller International building Chicago.jpg 600 (183) 45 1992 41°52′51″N 87°38′25″W / 41.88083°N 87.64028°W / 41.88083; -87.64028 (Heller International Building) Tallest building in the city west of the Chicago River[102][103]
45.045 Madison Plaza Madison Plaza, Chicago.jpg 599 (182) 44 1982 41°52′56″N 87°38′4″W / 41.88222°N 87.63444°W / 41.88222; -87.63444 (Madison Plaza) [104][105]
46.046 One Museum Park West One Museum Park and One Museum Park West in 2011.JPG 595 (181) 54 2010 41°52′1.5″N 87°37′19″W / 41.867083°N 87.62194°W / 41.867083; -87.62194 (One Museum Park West) [106][107]
47.047 1000 Lake Shore Plaza 590 (180) 55 1964 41°54′3.5″N 87°37′28″W / 41.900972°N 87.62444°W / 41.900972; -87.62444 (1000 Lake Shore Plaza) [108][109]
48.048 The Clare at Water Tower 589 (179) 52 2008 41°53′50″N 87°37′34″W / 41.89722°N 87.62611°W / 41.89722; -87.62611 (The Clare at Water Tower) [110][111]
49.049 Citigroup Center 588 (179) 42 1987 41°52′56″N 87°38′26″W / 41.88222°N 87.64056°W / 41.88222; -87.64056 (Citigroup Center) [112][113]
50.050 Mid-Continental Plaza Mid-Continental Plaza, Chicago.jpg 583 (178) 49 1972 41°52′49″N 87°37′32.5″W / 41.88028°N 87.625694°W / 41.88028; -87.625694 (Mid-Continental Plaza) [114][115]
51.051 Crain Communications Building 582 (177) 41 1983 41°53′5″N 87°37′30″W / 41.88472°N 87.62500°W / 41.88472; -87.62500 (Smurfit-Stone Building) [116][117]
52.052 North Pier Apartments North Pier Apartments, Chicago.jpg 581 (177) 61 1990 41°53′27″N 87°36′52.5″W / 41.89083°N 87.614583°W / 41.89083; -87.614583 (Smurfit-Stone Building) [118][119]
53.053 Citadel Center Citadel Center, Chicago.jpg 580 (177) 39 2003 41°52′47″N 87°37′43″W / 41.87972°N 87.62861°W / 41.87972; -87.62861 (Citadel Center) [120][121]
54.054 The Fordham 574 (175) 52 2003 41°53′43.5″N 87°37′38″W / 41.895417°N 87.62722°W / 41.895417; -87.62722 (The Fordham) [122][123]
55.055 190 South LaSalle Street 190 South LaSalle Street, Chicago.jpg 573 (175) 40 1987 41°52′47″N 87°37′58″W / 41.87972°N 87.63278°W / 41.87972; -87.63278 (190 South LaSalle Street) [124][125]
56.056 One South Dearborn 2006-03-30 1760x2640 chicago 1 south dearborn.jpg 571 (174) 39 2005 41°52′54″N 87°37′43″W / 41.88167°N 87.62861°W / 41.88167; -87.62861 (One South Dearborn) [126][127]
57.057 Onterie Center 570 (174) 58 1986 41°53′38″N 87°36′59″W / 41.89389°N 87.61639°W / 41.89389; -87.61639 (Onterie Center) [128][129]
58.058 Chicago Temple Building 568 (173) 21 1924 41°52′59″N 87°37′50″W / 41.88306°N 87.63056°W / 41.88306; -87.63056 (Chicago Temple Building) Tallest building constructed in the city in the 1920s[130][131]
59.059 Palmolive Building Palmolive Building.jpg 565 (172) 37 1929 41°53′59″N 87°37′25″W / 41.89972°N 87.62361°W / 41.89972; -87.62361 (Palmolive Building) [132][133]
60.060= Marina City I 562 (171) 61 1964 41°53′17.5″N 87°37′42.5″W / 41.888194°N 87.628472°W / 41.888194; -87.628472 (Marina City I) [134][135]
61.060= Marina City II 562 (171) 61 1964 41°53′16.5″N 87°37′45″W / 41.887917°N 87.62917°W / 41.887917; -87.62917 (Marina City II) [136][137]
62.062= Huron Plaza 560 (171) 56 1983 41°53′43″N 87°37′36″W / 41.89528°N 87.62667°W / 41.89528; -87.62667 (Huron Plaza) [138][139]
63.062= Boeing International Headquarters 560 (171) 36 1990 41°53′2.5″N 87°38′19″W / 41.884028°N 87.63861°W / 41.884028; -87.63861 (Boeing International Headquarters) [140][141]
64.064= The Parkshore 556 (169) 56 1991 41°53′8.5″N 87°36′53″W / 41.885694°N 87.61472°W / 41.885694; -87.61472 (The Parkshore) [142][143]
65.064= North Harbor Tower 556 (169) 55 1988 41°53′7.5″N 87°36′55.5″W / 41.885417°N 87.615417°W / 41.885417; -87.615417 (North Harbor Tower) [144][145]
66.066 Civic Opera House 555 (169) 45 1929 41°52′57″N 87°38′14.5″W / 41.88250°N 87.637361°W / 41.88250; -87.637361 (Civic Opera House) [146]
67.067 Streeter Place Streeter Place, Chicago.jpg 554 (169) 55 2009 41°53′32″N 87°37′5″W / 41.89222°N 87.61806°W / 41.89222; -87.61806 (Streeter Place) [147][148]
68.068= Newberry Plaza 553 (169) 53 1974 41°54′6″N 87°37′44″W / 41.90167°N 87.62889°W / 41.90167; -87.62889 (Newberry Plaza) [149][150]
69.068= Michigan Plaza South 553 (169) 46 1985 41°53′9.75″N 87°37′25″W / 41.8860417°N 87.62361°W / 41.8860417; -87.62361 (Michigan Plaza South) [151][152]
70.068= 30 North LaSalle 553 (169) 44 1975 41°52′58″N 87°37′58″W / 41.88278°N 87.63278°W / 41.88278; -87.63278 (30 North LaSalle) [153][154]
71.071 Pittsfield Building 2005-10-13 1600x2400 chicago pittsfield building.jpg 551 (168) 38 1927 41°52′59″N 87°37′32.5″W / 41.88306°N 87.625694°W / 41.88306; -87.625694 (Pittsfield Building) [155][156]
72.072= Harbor Point Harbor Point, Chicago.jpg 550 (168) 54 1975 41°53′6″N 87°36′53″W / 41.88500°N 87.61472°W / 41.88500; -87.61472 (Harbor Point) [157][158]
73.072= One South Wacker One South Wacker Drive, Chicago.jpg 550 (168) 40 1982 41°52′54″N 87°38′10″W / 41.88167°N 87.63611°W / 41.88167; -87.63611 (One South Wacker) [159][160]

Tallest buildings by pinnacle height[edit]

Tallest buildings in Chicago by pinnacle height

This list ranks Chicago skyscrapers based on their pinnacle height, which includes radio masts and antennas. Standard architectural height measurement, which excludes antennas in building height, is included for comparative purposes. The "Year" column indicates the year in which a building was completed.

Pinn.
Rank
Std.
Rank
Name Pinnacle
height
ft (m)
Standard
height
ft (m)
Floors Year Source
1 1 Willis Tower 1,730 (527) 1,451 (442) 108 1974 [4]
2 4 John Hancock Center 1,500 (457) 1,127 (344) 100 1969 [19]
3 2 Trump International Hotel and Tower 1,389 (423) 1,389 (423) 98 2009 [15]
4 3 Aon Center 1,136 (346) 1,136 (346) 83 1973 [17]
5 5 Franklin Center North Tower 1,007 (307) 887 (270) 61 1989 [21]
6 6 Two Prudential Plaza 995 (303) 995 (303) 64 1990 [23]
7 7 311 South Wacker Drive 961 (293) 961 (293) 65 1990 [25]
8 42 One Prudential Plaza 912 (278) 601 (183) 41 1955 [99]
9 8 900 North Michigan 871 (266) 871 (266) 66 1989 [27]
10 9 Water Tower Place 859 (262) 859 (262) 74 1976 [29]

Tallest under construction or proposed[edit]

Under Construction[edit]

This lists buildings that are under construction in Chicago and are planned to rise at least 300 feet (91 m). Buildings whose construction is on-hold are also included. A floor count of 30 stories is used as the cutoff for buildings whose heights have not yet been released by their developers.

Name Height*
ft (m)
Floors* Year*
(est.)
Notes
Wolf Point South Tower 950 (290) 80 2017 [161]
150 North Riverside 742 (226) 53 2016 [162]
River Point (444 West Lake) 730 (222) 52 2017 [163]
OneEleven (111 W. Wacker) 630 (192) 59 2014 [164]
Optima Chicago II 587(179) 57 - [165]
Loews Hotel Tower (435 North Park) 569 (174) 54 2015 [166][167]
Wolf Point West Tower 525 (160) 50 2016 [168]
545 North McClurg 490 (150) 47 - [169]
200 North Michigan 488 (149) 41 2016 [170]
The Ability Institute of RIC 480 (146) 27 2017 [171]
845 North State 410 (125) 35 2015 [171]
Northwestern Outpatient Center 404 (123) 24 2014 [171]
25 West Randolph (Block 37) 400 (121) 38 - [172]
Arkadia 355 (108) 33 - [171]
Eight O Five 345 (105) 33 2015 [173]

Proposed[edit]

This lists buildings that are proposed for construction in Chicago and that are planned to rise at least 500 feet (152 m). A floor count of 50 stories is used as the cutoff for buildings whose heights have not yet been released by their developers.

Name Height*
ft (m)
Image Floors* Year*
(est.)
Notes
Chicago Spire (400 North Lakeshore) 2000 (610) The Chicago Spire.jpg 150 - The developer has been in bankruptcy proceedings, but is still seeking funding for the project [174]
Old Chicago Main Post Office Twin Towers 2000 (610) Old Chicago Main Post Office Development rendering.jpeg 120 - Proposed July 21, 2011 and approved July 18, 2013
East Wacker and North Field 1148 (350) Building Proposed for East Wacker and North Field.jpg 89 - [175]
451 East Grand 825 (252) Proposal for 451 East Grand.jpg 67 - [176]
Roosevelt and Michigan - The Chicago Building.jpg 70 - [177]
130 North Franklin 700 (214) Proposal for 130 North Franklin.jpg 48 - [178]

* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding expected building heights, floor counts or dates of completion has not yet been released.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

Current Chicago Board of Trade Building
Masonic Temple

This is a list of buildings that once held the title of tallest building in Chicago. Of all the buildings that have held the title, only Willis Tower has also held the title of world's tallest building.

Name Years as tallest Height
ft ([m)
Floors Notes
First Holy Name Cathedral[A] 1854–1869 245 (75) 1 [179]
Saint Michael's Church 1869–1885 290 (88) 1 [180]
Chicago Board of Trade Building[B] 1885–1895 322 (98) 10 [181]
Masonic Temple Building 1895–1899[C] 302 (92) 21 [182]
Montgomery Ward Building[D] 1899–1922 394 (120) 22 [183]
Wrigley Building 1922–1924 438 (134) 30 [184]
Chicago Temple Building 1924–1930 568 (173) 23 [131]
Chicago Board of Trade Building 1930–1965 605 (184) 44 [97]
Richard J. Daley Center 1965–1969 648 (198) 32 [73]
John Hancock Center 1969–1973 1,127 (344) 100 [19]
Aon Center 1973–1974 1,136 (346) 83 [17]
Willis Tower 1974–present 1,451 (442) 108 [4]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ This building was destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, and replaced by the current cathedral of the same name in 1875.
B. ^ The clock tower on this building was removed in 1895, allowing a shorter building to become the tallest in the city.
C. ^ The Masonic Temple, built in 1892, became the tallest in Chicago three years later when the Board of Trade Building had its clock tower removed.
D. ^ This building is currently 282 feet (86 m) tall, following the removal of a pyramid top and sculpture.

References[edit]

General
Specific
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