Chicago Board of Trade Building, Chicago

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Architectural Building · Tourist Spot
The Chicago Board of Trade Building is a 44 story, 604-foot (184 m) Art Deco skyscraper located in the Chicago Loop, standing at the foot of the LaSalle Street canyon. Built in 1930 for the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), it has served as the primary trading venue of the CBOT and later the CME Group, formed in 2007 by the merger of the CBOT and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In 2012, the CME Group sold the CBOT Building to a consortium of real estate investors, including GlenStar Properties LLC and USAA Real Estate Company.

The CBOT has been located at the site since 1885. A building designed by William W. Boyington stood at the location from 1885 to 1929, being the tallest building in Chicago from its construction until its clock tower was removed in 1895. The Boyington building became unsound in the 1920s and was demolished in 1929, being replaced by the current building designed by Holabird & Root. The current building was itself Chicago's tallest until 1955 when it was surpassed by the Prudential building.

The current structure is known for its Art Deco architecture, sculptures and large-scale stone carving, as well as large trading floors. An aluminum, three-story Art Deco statue of Ceres, goddess of agriculture (particularly grain), caps the building. The building is a popular sightseeing attraction and location for shooting movies, and its owners and management have won awards for efforts to preserve the building and for office management. The building was listed as a Chicago Landmark in 1977 and a National Historic Landmark and National Register of Historic Places honoree in 1978.

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  • Remember the frenzied trading operations scene in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off and the bustling streetscape in the La Salle Street canyon in the movie The Untouchables? It all had to do with...  more »
  • Beautiful Art Deco skyscraper in the Financial District of Chicago (southwestern end of the Loop). It’s still an active trading facility to the best of my knowledge, but I think it’s beautiful...  more »
  • I always make it a point to walk through this building to enjoy it's beautiful art deco design lobby. The elevator doors are especially beautiful with its geometric wheat theme. The external of the building is also beautiful with its designs around the doors and windows. At the top of the building a beautiful statue of Goddess Ceres stands on top of a pyramid.
  • Coffee shop with big screen blasting financial news is really awesome.

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