NBC Tower with peacock logo
|Antenna spire||627 ft (191 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Skidmore, Owings & Merrill|
The NBC Tower is an office tower on the Near North Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States located at 454 North Columbus Drive (455 North Cityfront Plaza is also used as a vanity address for the building) in downtown Chicago's Magnificent Mile area. Completed in 1989, the 37-story building reaches a height of 627 feet (191 m). NBC's Chicago offices, studios, and owned-and-operated station WMAQ-TV are located here as of 1989. Formerly its former radio sister WMAQ/WSCR was located here. WSNS-TV is also located here.
The design, by Adrian D. Smith of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is considered one of the finest reproductions of the Art Deco style and similar to the GE Building in New York City. The tower is further enhanced by the use of limestone piers and recessed tinted glass with granite spandrels. The building takes cues from the nearby landmark Tribune Tower with the use of flying buttresses. A 130-foot (40 m) broadcast tower and spire tops the skyscraper. WMAQ/NBC has STL and satellite facilities on the roof and does not actually transmit from the tower, as those facilities are atop Willis Tower. Formerly WMAQ radio/WSCR had its STL and studios here, but now these facilities are at Two Prudential Plaza as of 2006. However, WSCR does continue to transmit atop Willis Tower.
The building, located in the Cityfront Plaza area, contains 850,000 square feet (79,000 m2) of space and three floors of underground parking with 261 spaces. Connected to the main tower is a four-story radio and television broadcasting facility where popular shows such as Judge Mathis, Steve Harvey and WSNS's newscasts and WMAQ's newscasts are currently taped. Formerly The Jerry Springer Show, The Steve Wilkos Show and WMAQ/WSCR radio productions taped here. WSNS is also located here and in the movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, this building was shown.
WMAQ/NBC, WSNS/Telemundo and formerly WMAQ/WSCR radio studios were/are here. The Consulate-General of India in Chicago is located in Suite 850. The Consulate-General of South Korea in Chicago is located in Suite 2700.
- WMAQ-TV newscasts (All newscasts now tape from a studio inside the Tower. Studio 5 has since closed and is no longer used for newscasts.)
- WMAQ/WSCR Radio (1989–2006)
- WSNS-TV (2002–present)
In addition to housing these entities, the studios were/are home to the following shows:
- iVillage Live (2007)
- The Jenny Jones Show (1991–2003)
- The Jerry Springer Show (1991–present; originated from here from 1992 to 2009)
- Judge Jeanine Pirro (2008–2011)
- Judge Mathis (1999–present)
- Kwik Witz (1996–1999)
- Merv Griffin's Crosswords (2007–2008, pilot shows only)
- Sports Action Team (2006–2007)
- The Steve Wilkos Show (2007–2009, moved to Connecticut in 2009)
- Steve Harvey (2012-present)
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- NBC Studios
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- World's tallest structures
- Home page. Consulate-General of India in Chicago. Retrieved on January 31, 2009.
- "Contact Us." Consulate-General of South Korea in Chicago. Retrieved on January 31, 2009.
- Emporis listing
- Official website
- Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill
- WMAQ's official website
- WSCR's official website