10 Tallest Buildings in Chicago

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The ten tallest skyscrapers or buildings in the Windy City of Chicago including the 8th tallest building in the world.

These are the ten tallest buildings in Chicago which is often considered the birthplace of the modern skyscraper. All of these buildings are great sites to see and most are popular tourist attractions in Chicago as many contain large retail malls and stores as well as observation decks, hotels and restaurants. Chicago has many great sites to see and tourist attractions and that includes most of the ten tallest buildings or skyscrapers in the city.

1) Willis Tower formerly known as Sears Tower - 1,451 feet

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The Willis Tower which was built by Sears and used to be called the Sears Tower is the tallest building in Chicago and 8th tallest building in the world with a height of 1,451 feet. Completed in 1974 by the architect firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill the Willis Tower has antennas on top that take its height to 1,730 feet and contains 108 floors and was the tallest building in the world until 1998. It is located at 233 South Wacker Ave and is a popular tourist attraction is Chicago with an all glass observation deck.

2) Trump International Hotel and Tower - 1,389 feet

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The 2nd tallest building in Chicago is the Trump International Hotel and Tower at 1,389 feet. Named after Donald Trump the Trump Tower Chicago was completed in 2009, contains 96 floors, is the 10th tallest building in the world, is a hotel and condominium complex and is located at 401 North Wabash Ave.

3) AON Center - 1,136 feet

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The AON Center is located at 200 East Randolph Street and is 1,136 feet tall which makes it the 22nd tallest building in the world and 3rd tallest in Chicago. The AON Center is an office building completed in 1973 that has 83 floors and used to be known as the Standard Oil Building but now houses the headquarters of the AON Corporation which is an insurance and reinsurance broker.

4) John Hancock Center - 1,127 feet

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The John Hancock Center is the 24th tallest building on earth and contains 100 floors, has both commercial and residential tenants, was completed in 1969, has antennas on top that take the height to 1,500 feet, was developed by John Hancock Insurance Company, built by architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and is located at 875 North Michigan Ave.

5) AT&T Corporate Center - 1,007 feet

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The AT&T Corporate Center is located at 227 West Monroe Street and was built for AT&T from 1986-1989 by architect Adrian D. Smith. The center contains 60 floors and contains both commercial and retail office space.

6) Two Prudential Plaza - 995 feet

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Two Prudential Plaza is located at 180 North Stetson Ave in Chicago and is 995 feet tall, has 64 floors, was built from 1988-1990 and is a mixed use commercial real estate building.

7) 311 South Wacker Drive - 961 feet

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311 South Wacker Drive was built from 1988-1990 for AT&T and contains 65 floors and large translucent cylinders on top which are illuminated at night giving the build a distinct look just down the street from the Willis Tower.

8) 900 North Michigan Ave - 871 feet

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900 North Michigan Ave was built in 1989 for Urban Retail Properties and its 65 floors contain retail stores including Bloomingdale's, condo units, office space and the Four Seasons Hotel which occupies floors 32-46.

9) Water Tower Place - 859 feet

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Water Tower Place is located at 835 North Michigan Ave and was built in 1975 and contains 74 stories including an eight level mall with just about every retailer one can think of plus a movie theater, hotel and restaurants. The rest of the building is office space and condominiums including a $6 million dollar condo where Oprah Winfrey lives.

10) Chase Tower - 850 feet

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The Chase Tower is located at 10 South Dearborn Street and was built from 1964-1969. Containing 60 floors the Chase Tower used to be the Bank One Tower but became the Chase Tower when JP Morgan Chase acquired Bank One in 2005. Electric utility provider Exelon has its headquarters in the Chase Tower.

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Posted on Aug 15, 2010
Posted on Aug 15, 2010