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Encyclopedia > John Hancock Center
John Hancock Center
Information
Location 875 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, USA
Status Complete
Constructed 1965-1969
Use mixed use
Height
Antenna/Spire 1,500 ft (457 m)
Roof 1,127 ft (344 m)
Top floor 1,078 ft (329 m)
Technical details
Floor count 100
Floor area 853,432 ft² (260,126 m²)
Elevator count 50
Companies
Architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Contractor Tishman Construction Co.
Developer John Hancock Insurance

The John Hancock Center at 875 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois, is a 100-story, 1,127-foot (344 m) tall skyscraper designed by structural engineer Fazlur Khan of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. When completed in 1969, it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. It is the third-tallest skyscraper in Chicago and the fifth-tallest in the United States, after the Sears Tower, the Empire State Building, the Bank of America Tower and the Aon Center. When measured to the top of its antenna masts, it stands at 1,500 feet (457 m). The building is home to offices and restaurants, as well as about 700 condominiums and contains the highest residences in the world. This skyscraper was named for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, a developer and original tenant of the building. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1433x2144, 1963 KB)[edit] Summary A photo I took of the Hancock Tower on a recent trip to Chicago in September 2006. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Shaklee Terraces, San Francisco, designed in 1982 with a flush aluminum and glass facade and rounded corners. ... The Tishman Realty & Construction is a construction management and real estate development company. ... John Hancock Insurance is a loose term for a major United States insurance company which existed, in various forms, from its founding on April 21, 1862 until its acquisition in 2004 by the Canadian Manulife Financial Corporation. ... John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon St. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This article is about the floor of a room or building. ... For other uses, see Skyscraper (disambiguation). ... Image:Fazlur Khan. ... Shaklee Terraces, San Francisco, designed in 1982 with a flush aluminum and glass facade and rounded corners. ... Also: 1969 (number) 1969 (movie) 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... For other uses, see Skyscraper (disambiguation). ... The Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, New York at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. ... The Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street) is a modern skyscraper in Chicago designed by architect Edward Durell Stone and completed in 1973 as the Standard Oil Building. ... Masts of the Rugby VLF transmitter in England Radio masts and towers are, typically, tall structures designed to support antennas (also known as aerials in the UK) for telecommunications and broadcasting, including television. ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... This article is about the form of housing. ... John Hancock Insurance is a loose term for a major United States insurance company which existed, in various forms, from its founding on April 21, 1862 until its acquisition in 2004 by the Canadian Manulife Financial Corporation. ...


The 95th floor has long been home to a restaurant, the latest tenant being "The Signature Room on the 95th Floor." While patrons dine, they can look out at Chicago and Lake Michigan. The Hancock Center's observation facilities (called the Hancock Observatory) compete with the Sears Tower's Skydeck across town. The Hancock Center is in a commercial district, while the Sears Tower is in the financial district. The Hancock Center 94th floor observation deck displays exhibits about the city of Chicago. Maps explain the view in each direction and a special meshed-in area allows the visitors to feel the winds 1,030 feet (314 m) above ground level. The 44th-floor sky lobby features America's highest indoor swimming pool.[1] Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one located entirely within the United States. ... The Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. ... The former World Trade Centers twin towers used sky lobbies, located on the 44th and 78th floors of each tower. ... For the 2003 film, see Swimming Pool (film). ...

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Design

The John Hancock Center
The John Hancock Center

One of the most famous buildings of the structural expressionist style, the skyscraper's distinctive X-bracing exterior is actually a hint that the structure's skin is indeed part of its 'tubular system'. This idea is one of the architectural techniques the building used to climb to record heights (the tubular system is essentially the spine that helps the building stand upright during wind and earthquake loads). This X-bracing allows for both higher performance from tall structures and the ability to open up the inside floorplan (and usable floor space) if the architect desires. Original features such as the skin have made the John Hancock Center an architectural icon. It was pioneered by Bangladeshi-American structural civil engineer Fazlur Khan. Structural Expressionism is a style of modernist architecture in which the core structural elements of the building are expressed in the buildings appearance. ... Image:Fazlur Khan. ...


The interior was remodeled in 1995, adding to the lobby travertine and textured limestone surfaces. The elliptical-shaped plaza outside the building serves as a public oasis with seasonal plantings and a 12-foot (3.7 m) waterfall. A band of white lights at the top of the building is visible all over Chicago at night and changes colors for different holidays. Travertine Travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park A carving in travertine Travertine is a sedimentary rock. ... For other uses, see Limestone (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Light (disambiguation). ...


The building is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. It also has won various awards for its distinctive style, including the Distinguished Architects 25 Year Award from the American Institute of Architects in May 1999. The World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT) is an association of tall towers and skyscrapers from around the world. ... The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. ...


Other facts

Including its antennas, the John Hancock Center has a height of 1,500 feet (457 m), making it the third-tallest building in the world when measured to pinnacle height (after the Sears Tower and Taipei 101) The Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. ... Taipei 101 (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: TáibÄ›i YÄ«língyÄ«; Wade-Giles: Tai-pei I-ling-i) is a 101-floor landmark skyscraper located in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. ...


The John Hancock Center was erected on the site of Cap Streeter's 19th century steamboat shanty. The area is called Streeterville after him, and consists of landfill reclaimed from the lake. Cap Streeter (George Wellington Streeter) (1837 - January 22, 1921) was born near the town of Flint, Michigan. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Streeterville is a neighborhood in Chicago north of the Chicago River. ...


The building's first resident was Benjamin Gingiss, one of the founders and owners of Gingiss Formal Wear. He lived in the tower until his death.


On December 18, 1997, comedian Chris Farley was found dead in his apartment on the 60th floor of the John Hancock Center.[2][3] is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 – December 18, 1997) was an American comedian and actor. ...


Jerry Springer, host of The Jerry Springer Show, lives on the 60th floor of the building. Prior to Chris Farley's death, the two lived in adjacent residences.[2] This article is about Jerry Springer himself. ... The Jerry Springer Show is an internationally known[1] American television tabloid talk show, hosted by Jerry Springer, a former politician. ...


On March 9, 2002, part of a swing-stage (hanging scaffold for window washing & exterior repairs) fell 43 stories after being torn loose by wind gusts around 60 mph (100 km/h), crushing several cars and killing three people in two of them. The remaining part of the stage swung back-and-forth in the gusts repeatedly slamming against the building, damaging cladding panels, breaking windows, and sending pieces onto the street below. is the 68th day of the year (69th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


On December 10, 2006, the non-residential portion of the building was sold by San Francisco based Shorenstein Properties LLC for $385 million and was purchased by Goldman Sachs. Shorenstein had bought the building in 1998 for $220 million. is the 344th day of the year (345th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ...


An annual stair climb race up the 94 floors from the Michigan Avenue level to the observation deck called Hustle up the Hancock is held on the last Sunday of February. The climb benefits the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago. The record time as of 2008 is 9 minutes 38 seconds.


Best Buy has signed an agreement to locate a flagship location along the Magnificent Mile in the Hancock Center.[4] For the defunct chain of catalog showrooms, see Best Products. ... Magnificent Mile looking south View north from the foot of the Magnificent Mile The Magnificent Mile is the portion of Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois extending from the Chicago River to Oak Street in Near North Side community area. ...


Position in Chicago's skyline

311 South Wacker Sears Tower Chicago Board of Trade 111 South Wacker AT&T_Corporate_Center CNA Plaza Chase Tower Three First National Plaza Mid-Continental Plaza Daley Center Chicago Title and Trust 77 West wacker Drive Pittsfield Building Leo Burnett Building The Heritage Smurfit-Stone Building IBM Plaza Buckingham Fountain Lake Michigan Lake Michigan Lake Michigan Jay Pritzker Pavilion One Prudential Plaza Two Prudential Plaza Aon Center Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower 340 on the Park Park Tower Olympia Centre 900 North Michigan John Hancock Center Water Tower Place Harbor Point The Parkshore 55 East Erie North Pier Apartments Lake Point Tower

This photograph needs to be updated with the newest Chicago skyscraper: the trump tower, which is located next to the IBM building, and is going to be -approx- the same height as Big John.


See also

This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... This is a list of famous or notable buildings with articles about them. ... Taipei 101, the worlds tallest building since its completion in 2004, is located in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan). ... Downtown Chicago from the northwest Chicago has the tallest building in the United States, the Sears Tower, and many slightly shorter buildings, almost all in the Loop or along the Magnificent Mile. ... 20 tallest buildings in the United States U.S. Bank Tower Columbia Center Chicago: 311 S. Wacker Dr. John Hancock Center Aon Center Sears Tower AT&T Corp. ... For many millennia the record holder for worlds tallest structure was clearly defined (see table below. ...

References

  1. ^ Emporis.com
  2. ^ a b Chris Farley: Trivia. TV.com. CNET Networks, Inc.. Retrieved on 2008-04-17.
  3. ^ Chicago Ghosts. Chicago Hauntings Tours. Retrieved on 2008-04-17.
  4. ^ "For The Record, Week ended 3.7.08", Crain's Chicago Business, Crain Communications Inc., 2008-03-10. 

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  • John Hancock Center is at coordinates 41°53′56″N 87°37′23″W / 41.8988, -87.6230 (John Hancock Center)Coordinates: 41°53′56″N 87°37′23″W / 41.8988, -87.6230 (John Hancock Center)
Preceded by
Richard J. Daley Center
Tallest building in Chicago
1969—1972
344 m
Succeeded by
Aon Center (Chicago)
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The Olympia Centre The Olympia Centre is a skyscraper in Chicago. ... One Mag Mile One Magnificent Mile (or One Mag Mile) is a mixed-use high-rise tower completed in 1983 at the northern end of Michigan Avenue in Chicago containing upscale retailers on the ground floor, followed by office space above that & luxury condominium apartments on top. ... Northward view of One North LaSalle Building from South LaSalle Street. ... One Prudential Plaza (formerly known as the Prudential Building) is a 44 story structure in Chicago completed in 1955 as the headquarters for Prudentials Mid-America company. ... Hallway in the Palmer House Hilton The Palmer House Hilton is a famous and historic hotel in downtown Chicago. ... The Palmolive Building is a 37 story Art Deco building in Chicago. ... The Park Tower Park Tower located at 800 Michigan Avenue in Chicago ( ) is a skyscraper completed in 2000. ... The Pittsfield Building, is a 38-story skyscraper located at 55 E. Washington Street in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, USA, that was the citys tallest building at the time of its completion. ... The Powhatan Apartments is a 22-story luxury apartment building overlooking Lake Michigan and adjacent to Burnham Park in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. ... Regents Park is an upscale apartment complex in the Kenwood community area of Chicago, IL on the Hyde Park community area border. ... Richard J. Daley Center is Chicagos premier civic center and features a massive sculpture by Pablo Picasso. ... Looking at River East Center and Embassy Suites River East Center is a Chicago skyscraper that is a part of the larger River East complex. ... Skybridge is a high rise luxury condominium located in the West Loop of Chicago. ... 150 North Michigan Avenue, formerly known as the Smurfit-Stone Building is a 42 story, 575 foot (175 meter) skyscraper at 150 North Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, Illinois. ... Chicago Temple Building The Chicago Temple Building is a 173 metre (568 foot) tall skyscraper church located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. ... Looking up at the Fordham The Fordham is one of the tallest residential buildings in Chicago. ... Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is a part of the Toronto-based Four Seasons chain of luxury hotels and resorts. ... The curvy exterior of the Heritage The Heritage at Millennium Park is a relatively new mixed use tower in Chicago. ... The Pinnacle is a residential skyscraper in downtown Chicago, Illinois. ... Looking west from Millennium Park Three First National Plaza is a 57 story office tower in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Time-Life Building is a 30-story skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois designed by Harry Weese and completed in 1969. ... The Tribune Tower is a Gothic building located at 435 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. ... Staggered floors facing east Looking through the lobby at the Civic Opera House UBS Tower is a 651 foot (199 m) tall skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, United States. ... View of the Water Tower Place skyscraper View showing the Water Tower Place shopping mall at the base of the skyscraper, with Chicago Avenue Pumping Station in foreground Water Tower Place is a large urban, mixed-use development comprising a 758,000 sq ft shopping mall and 74 story skyscraper... The gleaming white Wrigley Building (410 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois) is a skyscraper located directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower. ... The Auditorium Building in Chicago The Auditorium Building in Chicago, Illinois is one of the best-known designs of Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. ... The Brooks Building in Chicago is a landmark building in the Chicago School style, built in 1909-1910. ... The Bryn Mawr Apartment Hotel is a building of the Bryn Mawr Historic District in far-north neighborhood community of Edgewater in Chicago, Illinois. ... Carson Pirie Scott, downtown Chicago The Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building is a landmark department store building at State Street and Madison, Chicago, Illinois. ... The Chicago Building, built in 1904-1905 at 7 W. Madison Street by architectural firm Holabird and Roche, is an early and highly visible example of the architectural style known as the Chicago School. ... Gage Group Buildings Gage Group Buildings consist of three buildings located at 18, 24 and 30 South Michigan Avenue between Madison Street and Monroe Street. ... The Heyworth Building is a Chicago Landmark building located at 29 E. Madison Street, on the southwest corner of Madison Street and Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. ... The Inland Steel Building viewed from the West. ... The Manhattan Building is a 16-story building at 431 South Dearborn Street in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Marquette Building, completed in 1895, is a Chicago landmark that was built for the George A. Fuller Company. ... The Monadnock Building is a historic skyscraper in the Loop district of downtown Chicago, Illinois. ... The Old Colony Building is 17-story landmark building in the Chicago Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. ... Reliance Building at 32 N. State Street The Reliance Building is the first skyscraper to have large plate glass windows make up the majority of its surface area; forshadowing a feature of skyscrapers that would become dominant in the 20th century. ... The Rookery Building (209 S. LaSalle St. ... Downtown Chicago from the northwest Chicago has the tallest building in the United States, the Sears Tower, and many slightly shorter buildings, almost all in the Loop or along the Magnificent Mile. ... Asheville City Hall. ... Chicago architecture is famous throughout the world and one style is referred to as the Chicago School. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Chicago City Hall, shortly before construction was completed in 1911. ...

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