Chicago Architecture Info

77 West Wacker

Formerly known as United Airlines Building
77 West Wacker
R.R. Donnelley Building
77 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Basic Information
Designed by DeStefano + Partners
Cost $80,000,000
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 50
Maximum height 668 feet/200 meters
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Rentable floor space: 959,258 square feet
  • Architect: Ricardo Bofill
  • Developer: Prime Group
  • It is not uncommon for skyscrapers to skip a floor or two here and there. In most the 13th floor is skipped because of superstition. In this building the 49th floor is skipped so it can claim to be 50 stories tall.
  • The cladding is Portuguese Royal granite.
  • This was Ricardo Bofill's first American skyscraper.
  • April 18, 1990: Groundbreaking
  • July 26, 1991: This building tops out.
  • 1995: In a Chicago Tribune poll, this building is named one of the city's ten favorite buildings (It came in #7).
  • 2006: This building is renamed the United Airlines Building. The airline got $$6,600,000 in tax breaks to move its headquarters from the suburbs into this building.
  • 2007: United Airlines added a large illuminated "UNITED" sign to the top of this building.
  • August 13, 2012: United Airlines announced that it was moving its corporate headquarters down the street to the Willis Tower.