London Guarantee Building

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London Guarantee Building
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The London Guarantee Building entrance commemorates Fort Dearborn at top
Location 360 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°53′17″N 87°37′30″W / 41.888°N 87.625°W / 41.888; -87.625Coordinates: 41°53′17″N 87°37′30″W / 41.888°N 87.625°W / 41.888; -87.625
Built 1923
Architect Alfred S. Alschuler
Designated April 16, 1996
London Guarantee Building is located in Chicago
London Guarantee Building
Location of London Guarantee Building in Chicago

The London Guarantee Building, formerly known as the Stone Container Building,[1] is a historic building located in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. It is known as one of the four 1920s flanks of the Michigan Avenue Bridge (along with the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower and 333 North Michigan Avenue). It stands on part of the former site of Fort Dearborn. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on April 16, 1996.[2]

In 2001, the building was acquired by Crain Communications Inc. and is now referred to as the Crain Communications Building.

The top of the building resembles the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, but it is supposedly modelled after the Stockholm Stadshus.[3] It is located in the Michigan–Wacker Historic District. The building stands on the property formerly occupied by the Hoyt Building from 1872 until 1921.[4]

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the studios of Chicago's popular WLS (AM) radio were located on the fifth floor of the building.[5] For several decades, Paul Harvey performed his daily syndicated radio show from studios on the fourth floor.

In the 1980s and 1990s TV show Perfect Strangers, the building's exterior was used as the home of the fictional newspaper Chicago Chronicle.[citation needed]



  1. ^ J. Linn Allen. "Not that Stone Container Building, this one-got it?" Chicago Tribune. February 23, 1993. 1.
  2. ^ "London Guarantee Building". City of Chicago Dept. of Pl. and Devpmt., Landmarks Div. 2003. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  3. ^ "London Guarantee Building". Emporis. 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-19. 
  4. ^ Mayer, Harold M. and Richard C. Wade (1969). Chicago: Growth of a Metropolis. University of Chicago Press. 
  5. ^ 5.