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Chicago skyline guide

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The top ten
===The top ten===
* <see name="Sears Willis Tower" alt="" address="233 S Wacker Dr" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">1451 ft. The [[Chicago/Loop#See|Sears Willis Tower]] (formerly the '''Sears Tower''') remains [[North America]]the Western Hemisphere's tallest building and the world's second tallest based on height to pinnacle (behind Burj Dubai in [[Dubai]]). It The building was built for Sears, Roebuck, and Company and completed in 1974 by Bruce Graham of Skidmore, Owings, and Merill. The innovative design successfully handled the challenges of air flow and elevator/emergency support for an unprecedented number of people, but the employees at Sears' formerly collegial suburban campus complained that it handled the challenges ''too'' well &mdash; they never saw anyone outside their own departments any more! Sears is no longer the building's major tenant, and the corporate naming rights have been whored! out belong to the Willis Group, but a number of other, smaller firms have offices in the building, which also features Chicago's most visited observation deck on the 103rd floor.</see>
* <see name="The Trump Tower" alt="" address="401 N Wabash Ave" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">1362 ft. The Trump Hotel and luxury residential building is both the newest member of the Chicago skyline, completed at the beginning 2009, and the tallest after the Sears Tower&mdash;indeed, it is the second tallest in the United States, and thirteenth in the world. The Donald intended for it to be the tallest in the world, but decided to scale back to a mere "second tallest in [[North America]]" (after the Sears Tower) following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The design features three prominent setbacks at the height of nearby buildings: the Wrigley Building, Marina City, and 330 N Wabash, which, combined with its singularly reflective exterior, allow this supertall to blend into the skyline, almost to the point where you could overlook it. As intended, the building reflects and interacts with the Chicago skyline, rather than imposing itself upon it with its great height. Regardless, you will not likely miss this building, and it's plenty interesting to examine&mdash;its asymmetric form ensures that you will see something quite different from any different vantage point.</see>
* <see name="Aon Center" alt="" address="200 E Randolph St">1136 ft. Originally known as the Standard Oil Building, The Aon Center is [[United States of America|America's]] fourth tallest building from base to roof, after the Empire State Building in [[New York City|New York]], and fifteenth tallest in the world by architectural detail. It was built in 1972 by architect Edward Stone and initially was faced with marble, but the windy city began to blow the marble off the sides of the building. The entire building had to be refaced with granite&mdash;a costly job at one-half of the entire building costs! It is named after its biggest tenant: the Aon Corporation, a risk management firm.</see>
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