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Heller International Building

by Matt B on June 18th, 2007

Another one of Chicago’s architectural marvels is the Heller International Building. Completed in 1992, this skyscraper is the tallest building in the city west of the Chicago River. The turret at the southeast corner is the structure’s highest point, approximately 45 stories high, and is lined with white lights in the evening.

Designed by Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, the building’s main entrance (beneath the tower) is a hollowed-out rotunda which leads visitors into a lavishly decorated lobby. For folks outside, an arched passageway shelters pedestrians along Monroe Street. However, you may want to be a few blocks away in order to adequately admire the 600 feet (183 m) of Heller International’s unique asymmetry.

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Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) daecks

Heller International Building: 500 W Monroe St
Public trans: Bus # 14, 20, X20, 38, 56, 60, 124, 125, 127, 156, 157
Brown/Pink/Purple/Orange Line train (Washington, Quincy)
Metra (Union Station)

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2 opinions for Heller International Building

  • UBS Tower
    Aug 20, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    […] marvel is the UBS Tower located at One North Wacker Drive, just across the Chicago River from the Heller International Building. Standing at 651 feet (199 meters) and designed by Lohan Associates, this 50-foot skyscraper has a […]

  • 525 West Monroe
    Oct 15, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    […] structure at 525 West Monroe helps break some of that monotony. Right across the street from the Heller International Building and completed in 1983, this 25-story skyscraper bears a four-story atrium lobby which is enclosed […]

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