5 tallest building in Chicago

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Chicago is named as the 3rd biggest city in The United States of America with a total of 2.7 million in population . This city is popular for its great architectural tradition. It runs 2nd in the whole United States when it comes to skyline . This city has 1,273 high rise buildings. Chicago ranks number 5 for this year’s “Top 10 Cities with Most Skyscrapers 2019” with 117 breathtaking skyscrapers. 

 

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Willis Tower 

Willis Tower which is Chicago’s highest structure that was first called as the Sears tower. The came came from Sears, Roebuck & Co., an American series of Department Stores that has a headquarter in the same location. Sears sold the tower in the year 1993 after transferring to the suburbs. The name “Sears tower” remained up till the 16th of July, 2009, then it was given a new name which is Willis Tower for one of the skyscraper's lessee, a British insurance firm. The decision was made with local opposition but, there are some who began an online petition to disapprove the name change. 

The Willis Tower was established in 1974 made up of 108 floors. The tower is built out of nine framed tubes, that was actually nine skyscrapers on it that are put together to build one tower. Initially, the original goal is to include at least 15 tubes, but when the planned tower came to reality, only 9 tubes used in the final designs. Those nine tubes attained 49 stories. At that point, two tubes end. The other rise up to the 65th floor. From the 66th floor up to 99th floor, the tower’s shape looks like a cross. Two tubes, forms a rectangle, with the height of 442.2 meters or 1,451 ft and was proclaimed to be the 2nd highest building in the whole United States of America and on the 12th spot in the global ranking.

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Trump International Hotel and Tower

This second tallest building in Chicago was built in 2009. The tower is consist of 486 luxury condo units, 339 room Trump International Hotel, 9,300 square meters of riverfront commercial space, it has 960 parking slots,banquet area, health club, spa, sitting room, restaurants, and a ground floor enhanced by the riverfront public plaza and a riverfront esplanade. 

The tower makes a notable brand new inclusion to Chicago’s skyline and improves the aspect of every individual experiences in the Chicago River. Formed to mirror its placement alongside the riverfront, the tower’s span is susceptible to its city’s locality, the southern part of the tower corresponds the river bank, which allows the tower to link with Chicago’s north–south grid. The structure’s massing is raised by twelve meters (40 feet), opening up a spacious, landscaped esplanade that walks down, similar to terraces on a hillside, for three levels until it meets the Chicago River which adds to the tower’s sculptural quality. This esplanade forms a connection linking Michigan Avenue and State Street. By giving spaces for public gathering and commercial activities at the river’s edge, the tower will bridge two lively areas together, the Loop and North Michigan Avenue. This remarkable building stands 1,389 feet tall with 98 floors, ranks 4th tallest building in the whole United States of America and the 22nd tallest building in the whole world.

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This second tallest building in Chicago was built in 2009. The tower is consist of 486 luxury condo units, 339 room Trump International Hotel, 9,300 square meters of riverfront commercial space, it has 960 parking slots, banquet area, health club, spa, sitting room, restaurants, and a ground floor enhanced by the riverfront public plaza and a riverfront esplanade.  

The tower makes a notable brand new inclusion to Chicago’s skyline and improves the aspect of every individual experiences in the Chicago River. Formed to mirror its placement alongside the riverfront, the tower’s span is susceptible to its city’s locality, the southern part of the tower corresponds the river bank, which allows the tower to link with Chicago’s north–south grid. The structure’s massing is raised by twelve meters (40 feet), opening up a spacious, landscaped esplanade that walks down, similar to terraces on a hillside, for three levels until it meets the Chicago River which adds to the tower’s sculptural quality. This esplanade forms a connection linking Michigan Avenue and State Street. By giving spaces for public gathering and commercial activities at the river’s edge, the tower will bridge two lively areas together, the Loop and North Michigan Avenue. This remarkable building stands 1,389 feet tall with 98 floors, ranks 4th tallest building in the whole United States of America and the 22nd tallest building in the whole world.

John Hancock Center 

John Hancock Center the 4th tallest building in Chicago is a multipurpose skyscraper is made up of 100 floors, which was named after the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co which is one of its early developers and tenants. The building’s plan was made by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the same time architectural firm who built the Willis Tower. Its slightly sloping black steel shape stands as one of the most noticeable buildings in Chicago’s famous skyline. 

The initial plan was for two buildings to be built on the area. Yet the private Casino Club located on the eastern part of the area declined to sell its lot to the developers. A small area is not enough for the two planned buildings. A secured single tower was considered as the most cost efficient plan to fill in.

The building is comprised of a mixed residential apartments, a parking garage, commercial and office space, with lounge, dining, and observatory space on the 94th to the 96th floor. The part below street level is where you can find the building’s plaza and it is finalized with garden and waterfall that became well known urban oasis to tourists. This remarkable building was built in the year 1969 with a height of 1,127 feet containing 100 floors. Ranks as 8th tallest building in the United States of America and 39th tallest building in the global ranking.

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Franklin Center

The 60-story skyscraper was finalized in the year 1989 and served as the AT&T Corporate Center. This famous skyscraper stands at a height of 1,007 feet tall. Franklin Center is situated two blocks from the east of the Chicago River and northeast of the Willis Tower . Franklin Center was the tallest structure in the whole Chicagoland during the last quarter of the 20th century. Now it is the 5th tallest building in Chicago. Tishman Speyer bought the property in the year 2004 and gave the adjacent USG Building its new name as Franklin Center in the year 2007 after USG transferred its offices. Now Franklin Center runs as the 116th tallest building in the whole world and 17th tallest building in the United States of America.