List of tallest buildings in Chicago

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Chicago skyline during sunrise
A plethora of towers in downtown Chicago, looking northeast towards Lake Michigan
Tallest buildings in Chicago

Chicago, the third-largest city in the United States, is home to 1,366 completed high-rises,[1] 48 of which stand taller than 600 feet (183 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 upon its completion, and remained the tallest building in the United States until May 10, 2013.[4] The second-, third- and fourth-tallest buildings in Chicago are the Trump International Hotel & Tower, the Aon Center and 875 North Michigan Avenue, respectively. Of the ten tallest buildings in the United States, four are located in Chicago.[5] Chicago leads the nation in the twenty tallest women-designed towers in the world, thanks to contributions by Jeanne Gang and Natalie de Blois. As of June 2019, Chicago had 116 buildings at least 500 feet (152 m) tall.[6]

Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper.[7][8] 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, an enormous height in the 1800s, to a height of 138 feet (42 m), making it the tallest building in the world at that time. It was later expanded to 12 stories with a height of 180 feet (55 m). The building was demolished in 1931.[9][10] 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 9 of the city's 100 tallest buildings were constructed.[6] The city then went through an even 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 and Tower. As of August 2016 there were 67 skyscrapers under construction in Chicago.[11]

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Field Museum of Natural HistoryOne Museum ParkShedd AquariumThe ColumbianHilton ChicagoRenaissance Blackstone HotelOne Financial Place311 South Wacker DriveSpertus Institute200 South Wacker DriveWillis TowerChicago Board of TradeCongress Plaza Hotel111 South Wacker DriveFranklin Center North TowerKluczynski Federal BuildingAuditorium BuildingField BuildingCNA CenterCitadel CenterMetropolitan TowerChase TowerThree First National PlazaSanta Fe BuildingOne South DearbornMid-Continental PlazaBuckingham FountainRichard J. Daley CenterLegacy TowerUniversity Club of ChicagoLaSalle-Wacker Building300 North LaSalleUnited BuildingPittsfield BuildingLeo Burnett BuildingThe Heritage at Millennium ParkCrain Communications BuildingKemper BuildingMichigan Plaza SouthOne Prudential PlazaJay Pritzker PavilionTrump Tower ChicagoTwo Prudential PlazaAon CenterBlue Cross Blue Shield TowerAqua340 on the ParkThe BuckinghamPark TowerThe TidesOlympia CentreOuter Drive EastThe Shoreham875 North Michigan AvenueWater Tower PlaceNorth Harbor TowerHarbor PointThe Parkshore400 East Ohio Street401 East OntarioOnterie CenterNorth Pier ApartmentsLake Point TowerNavy Pier
The 2010 Chicago skyline as seen from the Adler Planetarium (Use cursor to identify buildings)

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks completed 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 1,451 (442) 110 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; 2nd-tallest building in the United States, 22nd-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 1,388 (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) 5th-tallest building in the United States; tallest building completed in the United States in the first decade of the 21st century.[12][13]
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) 7th-tallest building in the United States; formerly known as the Standard Oil Building.

Was the tallest building in Chicago before being surpassed by the Willis Tower.[14][15]

04.04 875 North Michigan Avenue 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) Formerly known as John Hancock Center; 8th-tallest building 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).

Was the tallest building in Chicago before being surpassed by the Aon Center.[16][17]

05.05 Franklin Center 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; 21st-tallest building in the United States; tallest building constructed in Chicago in the 1980s.[18][19]
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) 16th-tallest building in the United States; tallest building constructed in Chicago in the 1990s.[20][21]
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) 24th-tallest building in the United States.[22][23]
08.08 NEMA Chicago 896 (273) 76 2019 41°52′1″N 87°37′23″W / 41.86694°N 87.62306°W / 41.86694; -87.62306 (NEMA Chicago) Tallest all rental apartment building in Chicago.[24][25]
09.09 900 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]
10.010= Water Tower Place 860 (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 860 (262) 82 2009 41°53′11″N 87°37′12″W / 41.88639°N 87.62000°W / 41.88639; -87.62000 (Aqua) Currently the tallest building in the world designed by a female-led architectural firm; first skyscraper in Chicago to contain a hotel, condominiums, apartments and retail space.[30][31][32][33]
12.012 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.[34][35]
13.013 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) [36][37]
14.014 One Bennett Park 837 (255) 69 2018 41°53′29″N 87°36′56″W / 41.89139°N 87.61556°W / 41.89139; -87.61556 (One Bennett Park) [38]
15.015 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) [39][40]
16.016 Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower 796 (242) 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.[41][42]
17.017 300 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) [43][44]
18.018 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) [45][46]
19.019 Grant Thornton Tower 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) [47][48]
20.020 150 North Riverside 747 (228) 54 2017 41°53′4.1″N 87°38′20.6″W / 41.884472°N 87.639056°W / 41.884472; -87.639056 (150 North Riverside) Tallest building in the city west of the Chicago River.[49]
21.021 River Point 732 (223) 52 2017 41°53′9.3″N 87°38′21.8″W / 41.885917°N 87.639389°W / 41.885917; -87.639389 (River Point) [50]
22.022 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) [51][52]
23.023 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) [53][54]
24.024 330 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.[55][56]
25.025 Waldorf Astoria Chicago 686 (209) 60 2010 41°53′59″N 87°37′39″W / 41.89972°N 87.62750°W / 41.89972; -87.62750 (Elysian) [57][58]
26.026 111 South Wacker Drive 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) [59][60]
27.027 181 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) [61][62]
28.028 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) [63][64]
29.029 One Magnificent Mile 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) [65][66]
30.030 340 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) [67][68]
31.031 77 West Wacker Drive 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) Formerly known as the United Building and the R.R. Donnelley Building.[69][70]
32.032 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.[71][72]
33.033 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.

Was the tallest building in Chicago before being surpassed by the John Hancock Center.[73][74]

34.034 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.[75][76]
35.035 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) The only tower in the city that sits on the east side of Lake Shore Drive.[77][78]
36.036 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) [79][80]
37.037 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) [81][82]
38.038 155 North Wacker 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) [83][84]
39.039 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) [85][86]
40.040 The Heritage at Millennium Park 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) [87][88]
41.041 OneEleven 630 (192) 59 2014 41°53′12″N 87°37′52″W / 41.88667°N 87.63111°W / 41.88667; -87.63111 (OneEleven) Tallest building built in the city in 2014. Formally 111 W. Wacker and Waterview Tower.[89]
42.042 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) [90][91]
43.043 353 North Clark 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) [92][93]
44.044 Essex on the Park 620 (189) 57 2019 41°52′04″N 87°37′15″W / 41.86778°N 87.62083°W / 41.86778; -87.62083 (Essex on the Park) [94]
45.045 Millennium Centre 610 (186) 58 2003 41°53′35″N 87°37′45″W / 41.89306°N 87.62917°W / 41.89306; -87.62917 (Millennium Centre) [95][96]
46.046 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) [97][98]
47.047 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) One of the tallest Art Deco buildings in the world; tallest building constructed in the city in the 1930s.

Was the tallest building in Chicago before being surpassed by the Richard J. Daley Center.[99][100]

48.048= 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.[101][102]
48.048= 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) [103][104]
50.050 Heller International Building 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)
51.051 Madison Plaza 599 (182) 44 1982 41°52′56″N 87°38′4″W / 41.88222°N 87.63444°W / 41.88222; -87.63444 (Madison Plaza) [105][106]
52.052 The Grant 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) [107][108]
53.053= 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) [109][110]
53.053= The Clare 589 (179) 52 2008 41°53′50″N 87°37′34″W / 41.89722°N 87.62611°W / 41.89722; -87.62611 (The Clare) [111][112]
55.055 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) [113][114]
56.056 Optima Signature 587 (179) 57 2017 41°53′28″N 87°37′17″W / 41.89111°N 87.62139°W / 41.89111; -87.62139 (Optima Signature) [115]
57.057 Mid-Continental Plaza 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) [116][117]
58.058 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) [118][119]
59.059 North Pier Apartments 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) [120][121]
60.060 Citadel Center 580 (177) 39 2003 41°52′47″N 87°37′43″W / 41.87972°N 87.62861°W / 41.87972; -87.62861 (Citadel Center) [122][123]
61.061 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) [124][125]
62.062 190 South LaSalle Street 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) [126][127]
63.063 One South Dearborn 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) [128][129]
64.064 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) [130][131]
65.065 Loews Hotel Tower 569 (174) 52 2015 41°53′23.9″N 87°37′8″W / 41.889972°N 87.61889°W / 41.889972; -87.61889 (Loews Hotel Tower) Tallest building built in the city in 2015.
66.066= 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.

Was the tallest building in Chicago before being surpassed by the Chicago Board Of Trade Building.[132][133]

66.066= 151 North Franklin 568 (173) 36 2018 41°53′5.4″N 87°38′5.7″W / 41.884833°N 87.634917°W / 41.884833; -87.634917 (151 North Franklin) [134]
68.068 Palmolive Building 565 (172) 37 1929 41°53′59″N 87°37′25″W / 41.89972°N 87.62361°W / 41.89972; -87.62361 (Palmolive Building) [135][136]
69.069= 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) [137][138]
69.069= 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) [139][140]
71.071= 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) [141][142]
71.071= 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) [143][144]
73.073= 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) [145][146]
73.073= 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) [147][148]
75.075 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) [149]
76.076 Atwater Apartments 554 (169) 55 2009 41°53′32″N 87°37′5″W / 41.89222°N 87.61806°W / 41.89222; -87.61806 (Streeter Place) [150][151]
77.077= 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) [152][153]
77.077= 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) [154][155]
77.077= 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) [156][157]
80.080 Pittsfield Building 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) [158][159]
81.081= Harbor Point 550 (168) 54 1975 41°53′6″N 87°36′53″W / 41.88500°N 87.61472°W / 41.88500; -87.61472 (Harbor Point) [160][161]
81.081= One South Wacker 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) [162][163]

Tallest buildings by pinnacle height[edit]

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.

Tallest buildings in Chicago by pinnacle height.
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 [17]
3 2 Trump International Hotel and Tower 1,389 (423) 1,170 (357) 98 2009 [13]
4 3 Aon Center 1,136 (346) 1,136 (346) 83 1973 [15]
5 5 Franklin Center North Tower 1,007 (307) 887 (270) 61 1989 [19]
6 6 Two Prudential Plaza 995 (303) 995 (303) 64 1990 [21]
7 7 311 South Wacker Drive 961 (293) 961 (293) 65 1990 [23]
8 42 One Prudential Plaza 912 (278) 601 (183) 41 1955 [102]
9 8 NEMA Chicago 896 (273) 896 (273) 76 2019 [164]
10 9 900 North Michigan 871 (266) 871 (266) 66 1989 [27]

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. The "Year" category denotes when the building is expected to be completed.

Name Height*
ft (m)
Floors* Year*
(est.)
Notes
Vista Tower 1,191 (363) 101 2020 Topped off April 26, 2019. Will become the third-tallest building in Chicago and the tallest building in the world designed by a woman upon completion in 2020.[165][166]
One Chicago East Tower 969 (295) 78 2022 [167][168]
110 North Wacker Drive 800 (244) 51 2021 Bank of America will be the building's anchor tenant.[169][170]
Wolf Point East Tower 660 (201) 60 2019 [171][172]
One Chicago West Tower 574 (174) 49 2022 [167][173]
Cirrus 512 (156) 47 2021 Formerly known as Lakeshore East J Tower.[174]
353 West Grand Avenue 449 (137) 41 2021 [175][176]
Old Town Park Tower Three 447 (136) 41 2021 [177][178]
Old Town Park Tower Two 426 (130) 39 2020 [179][180]
Cascade 396 (121) 37 2021 Formerly known as Lakeshore East KL Tower.[174]
717 South Clark Street 315 (96) 31 2020 [181][182]

Proposed[edit]

This lists buildings that are proposed for construction in Chicago and that are planned to rise at least 300 feet (91 m). A floor count of 50 stories is used as the cutoff for buildings whose heights have not yet been released by their developers. The "Year" category denotes when construction of the building is expected to begin.

Name Height*
ft (m)
Floors* Year*
(est.)
Notes
Tribune East Tower 1,422 (433) 116 Would become the second-tallest building in Chicago upon completion.[183][184]
400 Lake Shore Drive South Tower 1,100 (335) 76 2020 Currently stalled due to objections from Alderman Brendan Reilly.[185][186][187]
Lakeshore East I Tower 950 (289) 80 2021 [188][189]
400 Lake Shore Drive North Tower 850 (259) 65 2020 Currently stalled due to objections from Alderman Brendan Reilly.[185][186][190]
1000M 832 (254) 73 2019 Approved April 21, 2016.[191]
113 East Roosevelt (Phase II) >829 (>253) 76 Approved November 19, 2015.[192]
Salesforce Tower Chicago 813 (248) 60 2020 Formerly known as Wolf Point South Tower.[193][194]
130 North Franklin 700 (214) 53 Approved August 2015.[195][196][197]
BMO Tower 700 (214) 50 2019 [198][199][200]
195 North Columbus 650 (198) 60 Formerly known as Lakeshore East Site O.[201]
725 West Randolph 615 (187) 52 2019 Approved July 19, 2018.[202][203]
Southbank Building A 598 (182) 51 [204]
900 West Randolph 570 (174) 51 Zoning application filed October 11, 2017.[205]
300 North Michigan 523 (159) 47 2019 Approved July 22, 2019.[206][207][208]
1520-1576 North Fremont Street 465 (142) 40 Zoning application filed July 25, 2018.[209][210]
444 North Dearborn Street 455 (139) 29 2020 [211][212]
Southbank Building B 418 (127) 38 [213]
Southbank Building E 416 (127) 38 [214]
322 North Clark 395 (120) 32 Approved August 2016.[215][216]
12 West Maple Street 330 (101) 22 2020 Approved September 19, 2019.[217][218]

Cancelled[edit]

This lists buildings designed to rise at least 800 feet (244 m) that were approved for construction in Chicago but were cancelled prior to completion. This list does not include vision projects such as Gateway Tower or the Miglin-Beitler Skyneedle. This list also does not include projects that were not approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, such as the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and Residence Tower.

Name Height*
ft (m)
Floors* Approved Cancelled Notes
7 South Dearborn 2,000 (610) 112 1999 2000 One South Dearborn was built on the site instead.[219][220]
Chicago Spire 2,000 (610) 150 2007 2014 400 Lake Shore Drive is the current proposal for the site.[221][222]
Old Chicago Main Post Office Twin Towers 2,000 (610) 120 2011 2014 Part of the Old Chicago Main Post Office Redevelopment pursued by Bill Davies.[223]
Waterview Tower 1,047 (319) 89 2005 2008 The original design for Waterview Tower was cancelled after construction of the first 26 floors of the building. OneEleven was built on the vacated structure.[224][225][226]

* Table entries with dashes (—) indicate that information regarding expected building heights, floor counts or dates of completion were not 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 Image Years as tallest Height
ft (m)
Floors Notes
First Holy Name Cathedral[A] Gerald Farinas Holy Name Cathedral from Street.jpg 1854–1869 245 (75) 1 [227]
Saint Michael's Church St. Michaels Church, Chicago in 2014.jpg 1869–1885 290 (88) 1 [228]
Chicago Board of Trade Building[B] 1885–1895 322 (98) 10 [229]
Masonic Temple Building Chicago Masonic Temple Building.jpg 1895–1899[C] 302 (92) 21 [230]
Montgomery Ward Building[D] 1899–1922 394 (120) 22 [231]
Wrigley Building Wrigley Building - Chicago, Illinois.JPG 1922–1924 438 (134) 30 [232]
Chicago Temple Building Chicago Temple Building.jpg 1924–1930 568 (173) 23 [133]
Chicago Board of Trade Building BoardOfTradeSearsTower.jpg 1930–1965 605 (184) 44 [100]
Richard J. Daley Center Chicago 6.JPG 1965–1969 648 (198) 32 [74]
John Hancock Center John Hancock Center 2.jpg 1969–1973 1,127 (344) 100 [17]
Aon Center Aon Center2.jpg 1973–1974 1,136 (346) 83 [15]
Willis Tower Sears Tower ss.jpg 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.

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