After over 3,500 votes across fourteen matchups, only two skyscrapers remain! Out of the tallest 16 skyscrapers in Chicago, you all have chosen the final two who will now endure a head-to-head battle for the title of Urbanize Chicago’s Best Skyscraper Tournament 2023!
Voting is now open and will remain open all the way until 8am Monday 4/3 after which we will announce the official winner of the tournament. Vote now!
(5) John Hancock Center
875 N. Michigan
Height: 1,128 feet
Architect: Skidmore Owings Merrill (SOM)
Developer: John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company
Now known at 875 North Michigan Ave (another name changer), the building was the world’s first mixed-use tower, containing office space on the lower floors, residential units on the upper floors, and an observation deck and restaurant at the top. The skyscraper’s tapered shape was chosen to match the different floor space requirements of the different uses. The facade uses an exterior diagonal tube structural system, sometimes referred to as a diagrid, to support the building.
(8) One Chicago
1 W. Chicago
Height: 971 feet
Architect: Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Goettsch Partners
Developer: JDL Development
Just completed last year, One Chicago is a luxury mixed-use development that features two residential towers connected by a mixed-use podium. Designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Goettsch Partners, the project includes 735 apartments, 77 condominiums, 55,000 square feet of office space, 188,000 square feet of retail space, and a LifeTime fitness and wellness center. The tower’s design consists of fve vertical, rectilinear bars that step back at varying heights, creating multiple large terraces and making the tower more slender as it rises. Expressive fins vary in width to reinforce the verticality of the building, giving the facade a distinct texture.