Chicago Architecture Info

NBC Tower

454 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Basic Information
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 37
Maximum height 757 feet/227 meters
Neighborhood: Near North Side
More Information
  • Height to roof: 617 feet
  • Height to the tip of the spire: 757 feet
  • Alternate address: 454 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611
  • Architect: Adrian Smith.
  • Smith also designed the lampposts on the sidewalks surrounding the tower.
  • Before Cityfront Center and this building were erected, this area was filled with vacant lots, warehouses, and even a sugar refinery as late as the mid-1980's.
  • This building was inspired by 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York.
  • WMAQ radio and television were located in the Merchandise Mart before moving into the NBC Tower in 1989.
  • The illunimated peacock at the top of the tower was first switched on by NBC president Bob Wright, at the direction of network Tom Brokaw.
  • This is the building is the home to such as The Jenny Jones Show, and the Jerry Springer Show.
  • This building has 850,000 square feet of rentable space.
  • Four floors of this tower are designed for radio and television broadcasting.
  • October 20, 1989: The illuminated NBC peacock at the apex of the tower was lit for the first time.
  • September, 2010: This building was named #28 on Chicago Magazine's list of the Top 40 Buildings in Chicago.