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Monroe Building


104 S. Michigan Ave.




Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 20: Closed

Long Lines Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Holabird & Roche, 1912


The geometry of this Michigan Avenue masterpiece is softened by a delicate exterior of granite and terra cotta in a Gothic-Romanesque style. The sloping green Spanish-tile gabled roof harmonizes with the height of the Gothic-inspired University Club, with which the Monroe Building forms a dramatic gateway to the Loop. The lobby’s brilliantly-colored, rhythmic vaulted ceiling comprises one of the world’s largest collections of Rookwood Pottery tile. Rookwood is internationally regarded as among the most important and influential art potteries of the early 20th century. The Monroe Building is also home to the award winning Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

Visitor Experience

Step inside one of the most beautiful lobbies in Chicago, and visit the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on the second and third floors. Take home your own copy of a book about this restored Chicago masterpiece, which will be available for purchase at a discount during OHC -- also available online here.