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Visit Springer, Wilkos, and Mathis at NBC Tower

by Matt B on August 18th, 2008

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One of the questions I often get from out-of-towners is 'Have you ever been to a Jerry Springer show- No, I haven't, but I do know someone who was once on the show. (That's a story for another time.) In case you didn't know, the Jerry Springer show is filmed right here in Chicago, inside the NBC Tower.

The NBC Tower is a 37-story skyscraper that was completed in 1989. At a height of 627 feet (191 m), it is considered one of the best reproductions of the art deco style in a postmodern building. The NBC peacock logo is incorporated into the building's design, along with limestone piers, recessed tinted glass, and flying buttresses (much like the nearby Tribune Tower). The skyscraper is finished off with a 130-foot (40 m) spire.

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WMAQ and NBC are the primary occupants of the building, along with WSNS (Telemundo) and WSCR-AM (670 The Score). Technically, the Jerry Springer show isn't filmed in the Tower, but rather in a four-story broadcasting facility connected to it. Other shows that have been or are taped here included Kwik Witz, The Jenny Jones Show, Judge Mathis, Sports Action Team, The Steve Wilkos Show, iVillage Live, and pilot shows of Merv Griffin's Crosswords. Tours are available on a limited basis for groups and must be arranged through the main office.

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Photo credit: (c/o Flickr) reborg, dbking, lobstar28, chrischikes

NBC Tower: 455 N Cityfront Plaza Dr; 312-222-9611
Public trans: Bus # 2, 3, X4, 10, 26, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151, 157

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POSTED IN: Architecture & Attractions, Entertainment, Filmed in Chicago

1 opinion for Visit Springer, Wilkos, and Mathis at NBC Tower

  • WGN-TV Is Chicago’s Very Own
    Oct 6, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    [...] of the other TV stations in Chicago broadcast from beautiful skyscrapers downtown (including the NBC Tower), the WGN structure looks like a boring office building. That's because it was constructed in [...]

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