Advertise with us

Enjoying this blog? Check out the rest of the Travel & Culture Channel Subscribe to this Feed

The Chicago Traveler

Her Majesty, 311 South Wacker

by Matt B on August 25th, 2008

311 south wacker

The Sears Tower may be Chicago's architectural shining star, but skyline neighbor 311 South Wacker Drive is a dazzling princess, complete with a beautiful crown.

Completed in 1990, this 65-story skyscraper stands 961 feet tall (293 m), making it the tallest building in the world to be known only by its street address. With few nearby towers to compete with, the building reigns over the southwestern end of the Loop landscape. The skyscraper comes with style and perhaps a touch of Southern charm, its octagonal main shaft dressed in pink granite from Texas.

Of course, what people can't help but notice is its elegant crown. The 70-foot-tall (21 m), 65-foot-wide (20 m) barrel is lit up in bright white during the evening and is surrounded by four smaller cylinders. All together, these jewels contain over 1800 fluorescent tubes, creating a light that can be seen for miles. On special occasions and holidays, the lantern changes colors.

311 south wacker311 south wacker
sears tower 311 south wacker

Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) sidehike, jetzenpolis, BigPru, thirdrail

311 South Wacker Drive
Public trans: Bus # 1, 7, 11, X28, 126, 151, 156
Brown/Purple/Pink/Orange Line train (Quincy)

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

POSTED IN: Architecture & Attractions

1 opinion for Her Majesty, 311 South Wacker

Have an opinion? Leave a comment: