Chicago Architecture Info

Kluczynski Federal Building

Official name: John C. Kluczynski Office Tower
230 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Basic Information
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 42
Maximum height 562 feet/169 meters
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Stories above ground: 42
  • Stories below ground: 3
  • Floor space: 1,200,000 square feet
  • Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
  • Architecture firm: Schmidt, Garden and Erikson
  • Architecture firm: C. F. Murphy Associates
  • Architecture firm: A. Epstein and Sons
  • This is the building where Illinois senators have their offices.
  • The original plan for the Federal Center called for two towers, but the post office was eventually split off into its own building.
  • The entire layout of the Federal Center and its buildings are on a 28-foot square grid.
  • 1917: Famed Chicago mobster Al Capone is convicted of tax evasion in a courthouse formerly at this location.
  • 1959: Design work begins on this project.
  • 1960: Congress authorizes construction to begin on Federal Plaza.
  • 1965: The old United States Post Office and Courthouse is demolished to make way for this building.
  • 1966: Construction begins on this building.
  • 1974: Construction is completed.
  • 1975: This building is named in honor of congressman John C. Kluczynski.
  • May 4, 2006: The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a wild raccoon was caught on the roof of this 43-story building. It was released into a Cook County forest preserve.
  • November, 2008: Barack Obama establishes his presidential transition offices on the 38th floor of this building.