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The Chicago Board of Trade Building

Address

141 W. Jackson Blvd.
Enter via the North Plaza.

Neighborhood

Downtown

Hours

Sat, Oct 15: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architect

Holabird & Root, 1930

Website

141wjackson.com

Description

One of the most beloved buildings in Chicago sits at the southern end of the LaSalle Street canyon. The Chicago Board of Trade Building is on the same site as an earlier Chicago Board of Trade Building from 1885. The current imposing Art Deco structure was the tallest building in Chicago upon its completion. It is notable for its three-story statue of Ceres, goddess of grain, and its stunning multi-story lobby. An expansive vault in the basement has sat empty for decades, making this forgotten cavern an attraction unto itself. Built by the Chicago Board of Trade Safe Deposit Co., the vault has secured many different items of importance throughout its long history, such as trading receipts, silver bars, and of course, thousands of steel lock boxes.

Visitor Experience

The first floor and the vault on A-level are open to visitors for self-guided tours.

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