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We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Chicago Skyscraper Buildings. We aim to include tower buildings / projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed Chicago Skyscraper buildings, new building designs and architecture competitions across Illinois. The focus is on contemporary Chicago towers but information on older buildings is also welcome.

Major Chicago Tower Projects, alphabetical:

77 West Wacker Drive
Design: Ricardo Bofill – ‘Taller de Arquitectura
77 West Wacker Drive, Chicago Building by Ricardo Bofill
photo from Ricardo Bofill Architects
77 West Wacker Drive Building

110 North Wacker Office Building
Design: Goettsch Partners
110 North Wacker Building Chicago
photo from architects
110 North Wacker Building

111 South Wacker
Date built: 2005
Design: Goettsch Partners
office tower: 53 storeys, 1.5 m sqft

150 North Riverside Office Building, West Loop
Design: Goettsch Partners
150 North Riverside Chicago Tower |
photo © Nick Ulivieri
150 North Riverside Building

340 on the Park
Date built: 2007
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
62 storeys

860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apartments
Dates built: 1948-51
Design: Mies van der Rohe architect
Lake Shore Drive Towers
photo : William Zbaren
860-880 Lake Shore Drive Chicago
Architects Krueck & Sexton restore twin rectilinear towers, one of legendary Modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s most celebrated commissions.

Aqua Tower
Dates built: 2008-11
Design: Studio Gang Architects
Aqua Tower Chicago building
picture from architects
Aqua Tower

Catalog at Willis Tower, Wacker Drive
Date originally built: 1973
Executive architect & interior designer: Gensler – Exterior facade design: SkB Architects
Catalog at Willis Tower Chicago building
rendering courtesy EQ Office
Willis Tower Building Addition
New building base development at tallest tower in north America.

Fordham Spire – aka Chicago Spire: proposed skyscraper
Date design: 2006-10
Santiago Calatrava Architects

Chicago Spire architect : Santiago Calatrava

Illinois Blue Cross HQ
Dates built: 2006-10
Goettsch Partners
796 ft high
24 storeys added above existing 33 storey building, also by Goettsch Partners
For Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

Inland Steel Building, 30 W. Monroe
Dates built: 1956-57/58
Design: Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects – Walter Netsch
19 storeys, 101m high

John Hancock Center – ‘Big John’, 875 North Michigan Ave

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill – SOM:
Bruce Graham (architect) with Fazhur R. Khan (engineer)

John Hancock Center Beacon
photograph © Joe Lekas
100 storeys, famous Chicago landmark

Marina City – ‘Corncob towers’, 300 N. State St
Date built: 1967
Architect: Bertrand Goldberg
3 Kings Chicago
photo © Joe Lekas
Mixed-use development : residential, commercial, retail, theatre, marina, health club, swimming pool
60 storeys

Office Tower, Chicago
Date built: 1997
Goettsch Partners

446ft high building

Sears Tower, Wacker Drive
Date built: 1973
Design: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Sears Tower Building
photograph : Michiel van Dijk
Sears Tower

Sears Tower modernization + hotel
Date design: 2009-
Design: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Sears Tower Chicago skyscraper building
image © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Sears Tower Chicago Building Modernization

Sixteen at Trump Hotel
Date built: 2008
Design: Ivanka Trump with Valerio Dewalt Train Associates

The Trump International Hotel and Tower, downtown Chicago, Illinois
Date built: 2009
Architect: Adrian Smith, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Trump Tower Chicago Building
photo © Joe Lekas
415m high building with spire, 96 storeys tall
Trump International Hotel and Tower

Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Condominium Tower – proposal

Destefano and Partners

335m high, 100 storeys – proposed

Zero-energy tower – proposal
Date design: 2007-
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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Absolute Tower, Canada
Absolute Tower
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