One South Wacker in Chicago

Photo of One South Wacker in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz
Photo of One South Wacker in Chicago, Illinois
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One South Wacker

1 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60606
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One South Wacker is one of the few buildings along this stretch of Wacker Drive that has mercy on the Chicago River and the sea of humanity flowing past it. The building incorporates a number of setbacks to allow sunlight to penetrate into this bustling corner of the Loop. Still, in spite of the gaps created in its form, One South Wacker is still a very imposing presence in the neighborhood. From the ground, its angles create the appearance of a massive mountain of glass and steel looming overhead. Its windows are tinted in forms reminiscent of cathedral windows, adding additional verticality through optics rather than physics.

Quick Facts
  • Floor space: 1,200,000 square feet
  • 2002: This building was bought for $209 million by TIAA-CREF.
  • December, 2012: Harbor Group International bought this building for an estiamted $230 million.
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  Picture Jennifer Beal in her 1980s Flashdance regalia: big hair, leg warmers, off-the-shoulder sweater. Then place her standing beside the modern day Natalie Portman and Maggie Gyllenhall. That's how this building strikes me--gaudy, awkward, and outdated, surrounded by sleek beauties. When UBS Tower and Hyatt Center went up, 1 S Wacker completed its journey to being obsolete.

Jay Zimmerman - Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 @ 9:51am  

  I used to work in this building. Imposing on the outside, slick on the inside. The lobby was very nice (if horribly loud for social events - when parties were held, I could hear the crowd several floors up) and was even used in a Daft Punk video, before they took the escalators out.

geekgrrl - Thursday, May 6th, 2010 @ 8:58pm