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History and Architecture of 311 South Wacker Drive

311 South Wacker Drive is post-modern designed building in the Loop neighborhood of Chicago. It is currently the 8th tallest building in Chicago and the 24th tallest building in the United States. It is interestingly the tallest building in the world that is known by its address. The building is one of the most visible buildings in the Chicago skyline at night because of its lit up cylinders on top. These five cylinders are made of translucent material and are lit up by 1,852 fluorescent lights.

Additionally, the building contains both retail and commercial tenants. The building has an extensive lobby with 2 story high ceilings. There is a portion of the lobby with steel structures influenced by the “L”. Palm trees and fountains also shape the lobby. Take a look at the building below.

Lastly, the building looks like a person in a cape to symbolize the “City of Broad Shoulders”. The builders specifically wanted to recognize the challenging feat of reversing the flow of the Chicago River back in the day. Furthermore, they wanted to show how hard working Chicago people are.


Height: 961 Feet

Stories: 65

Completed: 1990

Location: 311 S. Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates HKS

Architectural Style: Post-Modern


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