One East Wacker Drive | Neighborhood: Downtown
The Kemper Building was the world’s tallest marble-clad office building when it opened - and remains among the city’s 75 tallest buildings. It featured the city’s first 360 degree public observation deck with dramatic views of the Chicago River and other nearby buildings, although this attraction was closed within 10 years of opening. The striking white exterior and strong verticality conveyed by the uninterrupted piers place it squarely within the city’s modernist tradition. The 1990 renovation enhanced the entries and in 2012, the observation deck was opened for the first time in more than 40 years.
Behind the Scenes Access: Visit the 41st floor observation deck, the city’s first 360 degree public observation deck, open for only the second time in 40 years.
Architect(s): Shaw, Metz & Associates. 1990 renovation by Lucien Lagrange Associates