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
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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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There are five comments.

  Great building with a lot of classic archtiture details. Interior as interesting as the exterior.Gorgeous apartments with full compliment of amenties. And great friendly staff always wanting to help.

Paul Berliant - Monday, March 19th, 2012 @ 3:21pm  

  if you like the beehive on the top, you'd love the high-relief elevator doors which continue the theme.

Lisa Small - Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 @ 12:30am  

  love the blue light and the stateliness of the building - a highlight of s michigan ave...

JMR - Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 @ 7:12am  

  I like the whole building's shape and design. The Beehive and Pyramidal Roof really makes it stand out, especially at night when the glass beehive lights up blue and the pyramidal roof lights up yellow. This is a very neat Chicago Skyscraper.

Brent Kampert - Thursday, November 20th, 2008 @ 7:18pm  

  Beautiful beehive lamp at the top as a light of biz in the Globe :)

Anna - Friday, April 25th, 2008 @ 8:11pm  

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