Chicago Architecture Info


Formerly known as Swiss Grand Hotel
323 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Basic Information
Designed by Harry Weese and Associates
Cost $125,000,000
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 45
Maximum height 457 feet/137 meters
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Hotel rooms: 668
  • The building was built by Morse/Diesel of Illinois.
  • The building points north so that two sides face the river, providing perpetually unobstructed views.
  • This building extends seven stories below street level.
  • July 1, 1986: The developer unveild plans for this building.
  • September 18, 1986: Groundbreaking.
  • October 4, 1988: A charity grand opening gala was held with $100,000 in proceeds raised to expand a children's hospital.
  • February 20, 1994: 16 people were hurt when they squeezed into and overloaded an elevator marked for only ten. Their extra weight caused the elevator to descend too fast. The emergency brakes activated, but the elevator car was only stopped by a hydraulic plunger at the bottom of the shaft. The elevator recently passed inspection and was in compliance with all ordinances. The accident was blamed on impatient conventioneers.
  • April 18, 2007: Ground was broken for a $47 million expansion of this hotel, adding 50,000 square feet of meeting space.