After eight matchups and 16 contenders we have narrowed our list down to the Elite Eight! With a mix of POMO, modernism, and contemporary architecture, the Elite Eight will be a heated round of eliminations, sending four towers home while advancing Chicago’s Final Four as voted by all of you!
Here are our contenders for today:
(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.
(10) NEMA Chicago
1210 S. Indiana
Height: 893 feet
Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects
Developer: Crescent Heights
As Chicago’s tallest rental residence, NEMA Chicago has been designed to resonate with the best of Chicago School architecture and complement the skyline of towers along Grant Park. Similar to the Willis Tower, the structure uses a bundled tube configuration of nine steel tubes with concrete walls extending to the perimeter for wind protection. Recently completed in 2019, the building has 800 apartments and 70,000 square feet of amenities.
R.I.P. Rafael Vinoly 1944-2023