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Smurfit-Stone Building
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General information
Location 150 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
Status Complete
Constructed 1983
Opening 1984
Roof 582 feet (177 m)
Technical details
Floor count 41
Companies involved
Architect(s) A. Epstein and Sons

Smurfit-Stone Building is a 41 story, 582 foot (177 m) skyscraper located at 150 North Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, Illinois.[1] It was also known as the Stone Container Building and was formerly called the Associates Center.[2] It is popularly referred to as the Diamond Building. Construction began in 1983 and was completed in 1984. The building, noted for its unusually slanted roof, was designed by Sheldon Schlegman of A. Epstein and Sons. The building has 41 floors of tenant space and the two spires at the top cover the main roof and HVAC equipment.

Although the building looks as though it is split down the middle, the two sides are only slightly disjointed until nearing the top, where there is a gap between them. At times, its slanted roof — which has been likened to a skyscraper slashed with a knife — displays local sports slogans on its face, such as "GO BEARS" and "GO SOX". It also displayed "VOTE 2008" during the 2008 election day rally at Grant Park.

Smurfit Stone Building beyond Plaza at Park Grill from AT&T Plaza

At the time of its construction the Smurfit-Stone Building was considered to be a smart building, with sophisticated environmental and security controls.


In popular culture

Three years after its completion, the building played a role in the Touchstone Pictures film Adventures in Babysitting.

The building is also modeled in EA's Sim City 4

Position in Chicago's skyline

311 South Wacker Willis Tower Chicago Board of Trade Building 111 South Wacker AT&T Corporate Center Kluczynski Federal Building CNA Center Chase Tower Three First National Plaza Mid-Continental Plaza Richard J. Daley Center Chicago Title and Trust Center 77 West Wacker Pittsfield Building Leo Burnett Building The Heritage at Millennium Park Smurfit-Stone Building IBM Plaza One Prudential Plaza Two Prudential Plaza Aon Center Blue Cross and Blue Shield Tower 340 on the Park Park Tower Olympia Centre 900 North Michigan John Hancock Center Water Tower Place Harbor Point The Parkshore North Pier Apartments Lake Point Tower Jay Pritzker Pavilion Buckingham Fountain Lake Michigan Lake Michigan Lake Michigan The skyline of a city with many large skyscrapers; in the foreground are a green park and a lake with many sailboats moored on it. Over 30 of the skyscrapers and some park features are labeled.

External links


  1. ^ Smurfit-Stone Building, Chicago /
  2. ^ J. Linn Allen. "Not that Stone Container Building, this one-got it?" Chicago Tribune. February 23, 1993. 1.

Coordinates: 41°53′07″N 87°37′29″W / 41.8854°N 87.6248°W / 41.8854; -87.6248

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