The Metropolitan Tower in Chicago

Photo of The Metropolitan Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Metropolitan Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of The Metropolitan Tower in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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The Metropolitan Tower
Formerly:Britannica Center
Formerly:Continental National Insurance Company Building
Formerly:The Straus Building

310 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60604
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Quick Facts
Timeline
  • 1954: The blue beacon was added to the top of this building, replacing four white aviation beacons that were arranged in a compass rose.
Notes
  • It is thought that the beacon at the top of this building was designed to look like a beehive, symbolizing industriousness (busy as a bee).
Look For
  • The four buffalo heads. One each on the north, south, east, and west facades.
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