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Do You Know Chicago’s Tallest Towers?

What are Chicago's tallest towers?


There was a time that Chicago claimed the world’s tallest building. When the Sears Tower was completed in 1973, it stood far above any other structure on earth. But then you know what happens when big egos get involved … bigger buildings go up. Across the world, supertalls, as they’re now called, started sprouting up. Now towers like the Burj Kalifa in Dubai, the Shanghai Tower and One World Trade Center in New York, have pushed the Sears Tower out of the Top 10. What’s worse? It’s not even called the Sears Tower anymore (although true Chicago die-hards refuse to call it the Willis Tower. Ugh, makes us shudder!)

While we can’t lay claim to the world’s tallest anymore, Chicago still has plenty of scrapers that reach high into the sky. Can you name the top five? OK, fine we’ll give you a little help. And if you want to learn more about any of them, check out the Chicago Architecture Foundation, which offers informational and entertaining tours all over the city.

Top 5 Tallest Buildings in Chicago

  1. Sears a.k.a. Willis Tower: 1,450 feet
  2. Trump Tower: 1,388 feet
  3. John Hancock Center: 1,128 feet
  4. AON Center: 1,076 feet
  5. Two Presidential Plaza: 995 feet

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