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333 Wacker Drive

by Matt B on January 7th, 2008

333 wacker drive

One of Chicago's architectural 'celebrities' is 333 Wacker Drive, with its blue-green curve of glass that follows the bend of the Chicago River as it splits into its North and South branches. Located on what is possibly the only triangular site in the city's urban grid, this building was featured in posters for the film The Truman Show and 'starred' in the film Ferris Beuller's Day Off as the office of the main character's father.

With only 36 floors, this structure certainly isn't among the tallest, but it is definitely one of the most noticeable. It was the first skyscraper designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects, who went on to become one of the world's best known designers. It is no surprise then that 333 was voted 'Favorite Building' by readers of the Chicago Tribune in 1995.

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Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) Senor Codo, suttonhoo, swanksalot, Antre

333 Wacker Drive
Public trans: Bus # 11, 124, 125, 157
Brown/Purple Line train (Merchandise Mart)

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  • 191 North Wacker Fits Right In
    Jun 9, 2008 at 6:01 am

    […] Chicago Lantern Building at 191 North Wacker may not be quite as famous as its next-door neighbor, 333 Wacker Drive, but it holds its own in the downtown neighborhood. This 516-foot tall (157 m) skyscraper with 37 […]

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