191 North Wacker Drive in Chicago

Photo of 191 North Wacker Drive in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz
Photo of 191 North Wacker Drive in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz
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Photo of 191 North Wacker Drive in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz
Photo of 191 North Wacker Drive in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of 191 North Wacker Drive in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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191 North Wacker Drive
Also known as:Chicago Lantern Building

191 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60606
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191 North Wacker Drive is a nice fit for the neighborhood. A glass block that makes the most of its riverfront setting by complementing the blue-green waters of the Chicago River with its own blue-green glass. At the top of the front of the building, the glass is white and behind it lights illuminate it like an long vowel accent, or perhaps a crystal eyebrow. Whatever the case, its immediate neighbor, 333 West Wacker Drive usually gets top billing, but this structure deserves a second look, as well. It doesn't have the advantage of being on a curve in the river, but it does have a curved lobby, which allows the corners of the building to hang over the street below.

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  • 15 September, 2004: 191 North Wacker was sold to Manulife Financial for $222,000,000.
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  Having watched this building's construction & other office towers of the same era, it's sad to see how bland they have become even here in Chicago. This isn't the worst of them, but it certainly isn't anything striking.While we don't need more "trophy towers", good architecture shouldn't take a back seat just to please the bottom line.

urbaneddie - Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 @ 1:20pm  

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