Chase Tower (Chicago)

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Chase Tower
Chase Tower in Chicago.jpg
Chase Tower (Chicago) is located in Chicago metropolitan area
Chase Tower (Chicago)
Location within Chicago metropolitan area
Chase Tower (Chicago) is located in Illinois
Chase Tower (Chicago)
Chase Tower (Chicago) (Illinois)
Chase Tower (Chicago) is located in the United States
Chase Tower (Chicago)
Chase Tower (Chicago) (the United States)
General information
LocationChicago, Illinois, United States[1]
Coordinates41°52′54″N 87°37′48″W / 41.8816°N 87.6301°W / 41.8816; -87.6301Coordinates: 41°52′54″N 87°37′48″W / 41.8816°N 87.6301°W / 41.8816; -87.6301
Construction started1964
Roof850 ft (260 m)[1][2]
Technical details
Floor count56[3]
Floor area2,199,982 sq ft (204,385.0 m2)[4]
Design and construction
ArchitectC.F. Murphy Associates, Perkins and Will[5]

Chase Tower, located in the Chicago Loop area of Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois at 10 South Dearborn Street, is a 60-story skyscraper completed in 1969. At 850 feet (259 m) tall, it is the eleventh-tallest building in Chicago and the tallest building inside the Chicago 'L' Loop elevated tracks, and the 40th-tallest in the United States. Chase Bank has its U.S. and Canada commercial and retail banking headquarters here.[7] The building is also the headquarters of Exelon.[8] The building and its plaza (known as Exelon Plaza) occupy the entire block bounded by Clark, Dearborn, Madison, and Monroe streets.


The First National Clock, located in Chase Tower's Exelon Plaza.
First National Bank plaque, below the clock in Exelon Plaza.

Before the building was constructed, the Morrison Hotel, on its former site, was demolished in 1965. The building first opened in 1969 as First National Plaza. When constructed, it was the headquarters of First Chicago Corporation.[9] In 1998, it became the headquarters for Bank One Corporation, and accordingly it was renamed Bank One Tower,[10] The current name dates from October 24, 2005, one year after Bank One merged with Chase. Chase's retail bank division is based in the tower.

Since May 2005 the National Public Radio show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is taped on Thursday nights before a live audience at the Chase Auditorium under the plaza.[11]

Design and features[edit]

Design architects for the construction were C.F. Murphy Associates, Stanislaw Z. Gladych and Perkins and Will.[3] Chase Tower is known for both its distinctive curving shape and its vibrant public space: a deep sunken plaza at the geographic center of the Chicago Loop, complete with a jet fountain and Marc Chagall's ceramic wall mural Four Seasons.[9]

The ground floor is home to the largest Chase Bank branch in Chicago with 22 ATMs.

See also[edit]

Position in Chicago's skyline[edit]

311 South WackerWillis TowerChicago Board of Trade Building111 South WackerAT&T Corporate CenterKluczynski Federal Building333 South WabashChase TowerThree First National PlazaMid-Continental PlazaRichard J. Daley CenterChicago Title and Trust Center77 West WackerPittsfield BuildingLeo Burnett BuildingThe Heritage at Millennium ParkCrain Communications BuildingIBM PlazaOne Prudential PlazaTwo Prudential PlazaAon CenterBlue Cross and Blue Shield Tower340 on the ParkPark TowerOlympia Centre900 North Michigan875 North Michigan AvenueWater Tower PlaceHarbor PointThe ParkshoreNorth Pier ApartmentsLake Point TowerJay Pritzker PavilionBuckingham FountainLake MichiganLake MichiganLake MichiganThe skyline of a city with many large skyscrapers; in the foreground is a green park and a lake with many sailboats moored on it. Over 30 of the skyscrapers and some park features are labeled.


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  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2007-07-08.
  3. ^ a b "Chase Tower - Chicago Architecture". Archived from the original on 2019-07-24. Retrieved 2007-07-08.
  4. ^ "Chase Tower". Retrieved 2007-07-08.
  5. ^ "Chase Tower, Chicago". A View on Cities. Archived from the original on 2019-06-29. Retrieved 2007-07-08.
  6. ^ Chase Tower at Emporis
  7. ^ JPMorgan History | The History of Our Firm
  8. ^ "Contact Us Archived December 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine." Exelon. Retrieved on December 5, 2009.
  9. ^ a b "Chase Tower". Retrieved 2007-07-08.
  10. ^ "Contact Information." Bank One Corporation. April 10, 2001. Retrieved on March 31, 2010.
  11. ^ "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!." Retrieved on February 9, 2010.

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