Kemper Building in Chicago

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Photo of Kemper Building in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of Kemper Building in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Kemper Building in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Kemper Building in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Kemper Building in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Kemper Building in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Kemper Building in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Kemper Building in Chicago, Illinois
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Kemper Building
Formerly:Unitrin Building
Formerly:United Insurance Building

1 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60601
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  • August, 2011: The "Unitrin" logo was removed from the top of the building and replaced with "Kemper."
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  Had a membership card to the Club on 39. I remember having many very nice dinners there. However, I still think that the best dinners were served in the VIP Room at the old Playboy Club.

Erich K - Thursday, October 27th, 2016 @ 5:42pm  

  I worked for United Insurance way back in 1974 to 1982. This was my first office job. Through job postings I was able to work my way from Issue Clerk to Employee Benefits to Programmer/Analyst. United was a family oriented company before being bought out by Teledyne and a fun place to work. I remember fun evenings at the Little Corporal (where I met my husband), and lunches at the little Italian restaurant Giovanetti's. My sisters also worked for United. My husband worked next door at 35 E Wacker at Kaiser Engineers. I'm so sorry to see United gone.

Maryann Bowcock - Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 @ 2:21pm  

  I worked at United Insurance Co.in 1982. Being from a small country town this building was hugh and beautiful to me. My friends and I worked hard then enjoyed happy hour at Little Corporal. Lots of great memories. I often tell my children and Grandchildren about working on the 37th floor and another floor, all the wonderful people I met. Haven't been there since 1984, would love to see it again.

Joyce Ellis - Saturday, July 11th, 2015 @ 3:33pm  

  I worked on the 19th floor of the building. I was a Actuarial Clerk for United Insurance Company of America back in 1977-1979. Fond memories of the people in the department, and lunches at Little Corporal Restaurant. Sometimes, lunch time shopping trips to Marshall Fields and Chas. A. Stevens clothing store. One morning, before entering the building off of State Street, I hiked up my purse shoulder strap and was a bit too close to the building. Hit the corner of the marble just right and put a nasty gash on the outside of my right hand right at one of the veins visible. A gentlemen from the company wrapped my hand in his hankerchief and escorted me to the company nurse. I have a small scar on my hand and did buy the guy a package of new hankerchiefs to replace the really bloody one he wrapped me in.

LW Jerbi - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 @ 10:30am  

  I made comments a while ago, and now, with the passage of time, I have grown to appreciate this structure even more. It does remind me of the Aon building, but also as a smaller image of the Twin Towers in NYC. Again, a rare skyscraper constructed from marble, not a material usually associated with buildings of this size or use. I have come to admire it even more in light of some of the atrocious spectacles they now choose to call skyscrapers, And yet again, many very fond memories of years past with my mom, times I spent there as a child, what a wonderful and unusual experience I had, and never realized how wonderful it was to be there, in the Crown Room and Club on 39.

MIlka Stanojevich - Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 @ 4:05pm  

  I worked for United Ins Co Of America for 40 years and attended many meetings in this building with lunch in Club 39. It was always apleasant experience . We were booked into the Executive House hotel and would have breakfast in the Little Corporal.restuarant.This was before Walter Lenhard sold the company to Teledyne

william taylor - Sunday, November 11th, 2012 @ 7:58pm  

  A sort of stylistic precursor of the Aon Building, it shares the later, larger structure's virtues or vices, depending on how you want to look at it: great purity of concept, or a stultifying over-use of symmetry. I lean toward the latter view

Alan Follett - Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 @ 9:26am  

  My father Elbert "Red" Farris worked at United for many years. Fond memories of going down to the United Building to watch parades, and go to the Little Corporal next to it. Still one of the most elegant and grand structures in Chicago. Will always be the United Of America Building to me...

Tom Farris - Thursday, September 1st, 2011 @ 11:43am  

   I remember too. My father was a VP at United ins. co and had a corner office up on 30 something floor... He used to be in Baltimore, but when the company built the marble bldg in 1962 it demanded all top admin people to move to Chicago area to fill it up, therefore dad moved to Winetca and my baby brother went to New Trier H S

Jay B. Keene - Friday, December 10th, 2010 @ 1:13pm  

  This skyscraper is unique in that it is made out of marble, and remains one of the only buildings in Chicago that has this feature. I spent many an hour in the building while I was growing up since my mother worked there for twenty-five years, and I have fond memories of this special building. There used to be The Little Corporal Restaurant next to it, and the The Club on 39 as well,. Whenever I see this building, which will always be The United Insurance building to me, I think of those days and my mom.

Milka Stanojevich - Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 @ 12:59pm  

  can we just get rid of the god-awful UNITRIN sign? could just as well say HIDEOUS

JL - Friday, November 2nd, 2007 @ 2:01am  

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