Chicago Architecture Info

LaSalle-Wacker Building

221 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Basic Information
Designed by Rebori, Wentworth, Dewey & McCormick
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 41
Maximum height 554 feet/166 meters
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Height to roof: 512 feet.
  • Height to top of tower: 552 feet.
  • Base: 24 stories
  • Tower: 17 stories
  • Floor space: 375,000 square feet
  • This building was designed by Andrew N. Rebori.
  • At one time there was a Rebori-designed mirrored "Sun Ball" atop this building.
  • The base of this skyscraper is three stories tall.
  • The main mass of this building is 20 stories tall.
  • The tower portion of this building is 18 stories tall.
  • Architecture firm: Holabird & Root
  • Architecture firm: Rebori, Wentworth, Dewey, and McCormick
  • Architect: Andrew N. Rebori
  • This was formerly the headquarters of the McDonald's fast food chain before it moved to the suburbs.
  • This building has a "sun beacon" at the tip of its spire. It was made up of eight 36-inch mirrors that were used as a navigation aid for early pilots. At night, the landmark was marked with red neon.
  • 1929: Construction begins.
  • 1930: Construction is completed.
  • 1954: WFMT Radio moves its studios to this building.
  • November 9, 1997: The 40-foot-tall illuminated communications tower was added to the top of this building.
  • August, 2014: the portion of this building not already sold off as office condos was bought by Sterling Bay for $53 million