McClurg Building (Chicago, Illinois)

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McClurg Building
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McClurg Building (Chicago, Illinois) is located in Chicago metropolitan area
McClurg Building (Chicago, Illinois)
McClurg Building (Chicago, Illinois) is located in Illinois
McClurg Building (Chicago, Illinois)
McClurg Building (Chicago, Illinois) is located in the United States
McClurg Building (Chicago, Illinois)
Location218 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°52′44″N 87°37′34″W / 41.87889°N 87.62611°W / 41.87889; -87.62611Coordinates: 41°52′44″N 87°37′34″W / 41.87889°N 87.62611°W / 41.87889; -87.62611
Area0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built1899 (1899)
ArchitectHolabird & Roche
Architectural styleChicago
NRHP reference #70000235[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 17, 1970

The McClurg Building is a historic skyscraper in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. The building was built in 1899 and designed by Chicago school architects Holabird & Roche. At nine stories tall and 80 feet (24 m) by 150 feet (46 m) at its base, the building is one of the smallest skyscrapers in Chicago. The building's Wabash Street facade has 9,000 square feet (840 m2) of windows bordered by terra cotta piers and spandrels; the amount of window space was necessitated by the absence of windows on the sides of the building. The A.C. McClurg publishing company was the building's main occupant and gave the building its name.[2]

The McClurg Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 17, 1970.[1]


  • Exchequer Restaurant and Pub occupies a portion of the first floor, though its street address is 226 South Wabash, the neighboring building.[3]
  • Roosevelt University's Dance Studios are located on the third floor.[4]
  • Chicago Youth Centers, a non-profit focusing on urban youth, is headquartered on the sixth floor.[5]
  • UNITE HERE's Local 1 and national health benefits offices are on the building's seventh and eighth floors, respectively.[6][7]
  • IA Collaborative, a design and innovation consulting firm, occupies the ninth floor and tenth floor penthouse.[8]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Korom, Joseph J. (2008). The American Skyscraper, 1850-1940: A Celebration of Height. Branden Books. p. 540. ISBN 9780828321884.
  3. ^ "Exchequer Restaurant And Pub – Award Winning Chicago Deep Dish Pizza and Ribs". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  4. ^ "Maps & Directions - AUD Building". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  5. ^ "Chicago Youth Centers | Where Possibility Lives". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  6. ^ "Contact Local 1 | UNITE HERE Local 1". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  7. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  8. ^ "IA Collaborative: User Driven Design™". Retrieved 2015-10-20.