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Chicago Board of Trade Building

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Address

141 W. Jackson Blvd.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Architect

Holabird & Root, 1930

Website

141wjackson.com

Description

One of the most beloved Art Deco buildings in Chicago sits at the southern end of the LaSalle Street canyon. The imposing Chicago Board of Trade Building™, tallest building in Chicago upon its completion, is the second on the same site, having replaced an 1885 structure. It's notable for its three-story statue of Ceres, goddess of grain, and its stunning multi-story lobby. An expansive vault in the basement, containing thousands of steel safe deposit boxes, has sat unused for decades, open exclusively for Open House Chicago. Throughout its history, the vault has secured items of importance such as trading receipts, silver bars and safe deposit boxes. It even served as a coat room. The vault was never actually used by a bank—just by traders securing their own belongings.

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Archived In

2016 , 2017