NBC Tower

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NBC Tower
NBC Tower 070723.jpg
NBC Tower with peacock logo
General information
Type Office
Location Chicago
Coordinates 41°53′24″N 87°37′16″W / 41.889955°N 87.621106°W / 41.889955; -87.621106Coordinates: 41°53′24″N 87°37′16″W / 41.889955°N 87.621106°W / 41.889955; -87.621106
Completed 1989
Owner Metropolis Investment Holdings Inc.
Antenna spire 627 ft (191 m)
Technical details
Floor count 37
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, and Telemundo O&O WSNS-TV since their 2002 purchase by NBC. Formerly its former radio sister WMAQ/WSCR was located here. NBC's former Chicago FM property, WKQX and its sister station WLUP will move their studios to the NBC Tower in the summer of 2016.

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.[1] The building takes cues from the nearby landmark Tribune Tower with the use of flying buttresses. A 130 ft (40 m) broadcast tower and spire tops the skyscraper. WMAQ and WSNS have STL and satellite facilities on the roof; the STLs link to WMAQ and WSNS's transmitter facilities atop the Willis Tower. WMAQ radio/WSCR studios and STL were located in the building until 2006 when they relocated to Two Prudential Plaza.

The building, located in the Cityfront Plaza area, contains 850,000 sq ft (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, and was the former recording facility for The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show before their tax credit-influenced move to Stamford, Connecticut in 2009. It was also home to the 90's syndicated improv/sketch show Kwik Witz.[2] The building is visible in several scenes of the 2011 movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon.


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.[3] The Consulate-General of South Korea in Chicago is located in Suite 2700.[4] The Consulate-General of Lithuania in Chicago is located in Suite 800.[5]

  • 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 February 2016, Alternative station WKQX announced that they will be moving from their longtime home in the Merchandise Mart to a new studio in the tower. The new studio is expected to be complete by May or June; until such time WKQX will operate temporarily from the former WLS studios at 190 N. State St.

Shows recorded[edit]

In addition to housing these entities, the studios were/are home to the following shows:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NBC Tower". Chicago Architecture Info. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  2. ^ "NBC Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Location of the Consulate". Consulate-General of India: Chicago. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Location/Contact". Consulate-General of Turkish in Chicago suite 2900, Consulate General of South Korea in Chicago suite 2700. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  5. ^ "Čikagos centre plevėsuoja trispalvė". Draugas (in Lithuanian). Chicago, Illinois: Lithuanian Catholic Press Society. August 15, 2015. p. 1. 

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