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LaSalle-Wacker Building
General information
Location 221 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Coordinates 41°53′11″N 87°37′55″W / 41.8865°N 87.6320°W / 41.8865; -87.6320Coordinates: 41°53′11″N 87°37′55″W / 41.8865°N 87.6320°W / 41.8865; -87.6320
Status Complete
Constructed 1928-1930
Use Office
Top floor 512 ft (156 m)
Technical details
Floor count 41
Companies involved
Architect(s) Holabird and Root

The LaSalle-Wacker Building, at 221 North LaSalle Street, is a 41 story skyscraper at the north end of the LaSalle Street canyon in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, USA.



Originally planned as a 37-story building, the developer bought an L-shaped building aside original lot and expanded the site. Clad in limestone and granite, the Holabird and Root designed structure (Andrew Rebori was the associate architect) serves as an office building. When built, the beacon on the top of the building could be seen from as far as 200 miles. As with other buildings in Chicago, the structure is upwardly lit at night with moonlight, and the peak of building is typically lit in cobalt blue. The nights illumination design was a common contemporary Chicago architectural theme, seen also in the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Jewelers Building, Palmolive Building and Chicago Board of Trade Building.[1]

In popular culture

The building was used as a backdrop in the 2005 movie Batman Begins. WFMT, America's first radio superstation, maintained studios were in the building from 1954 until 1995.

See also

Chicago architecture


  1. ^ Saliga, Pauline A. (ed.), p. 113.


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