Chicago Board of Trade Building, Chicago

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The Chicago Board of Trade Building is a skyscraper located in the Chicago Loop, standing at 141 W. Jackson Boulevard at the foot of the LaSalle Street canyon. Built in 1930 and first designated a Chicago Landmark on May 4, 1977, the building was listed as a National Historic Landmark on June 2, 1978. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 16, 1978. Originally built for the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), it is now the primary trading venue for the derivatives exchange, the CME Group, formed in 2007 by the merger of the CBOT and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. In 2012, the CME Group sold the CBOT Building to a consortium of real estate investors, including GlenStar Properties LLC and USAA Real Estate Company.
The 141 W. Jackson address hosted the former tallest building in Chicago designed by William W. Boyington before the current Holabird & Root structure, which held the same title for over 35 years until being surpassed in 1965 by the Richard J. Daley Center. The current structure is known for its art deco architecture, sculptures and large-scale stone carving, as well as large trading floors. An aluminum, three-story art deco statue of Ceres, goddess of agriculture (particularly grain), caps the building. The building is a popular sightseeing attraction and location for shooting movies, and its owners and management have won awards for efforts to preserve the building and for office management.

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  • Beautiful Art Deco skyscraper in the Financial District of Chicago (southwestern end of the Loop). It’s still an active trading facility to the best of my knowledge, but I think it’s beautiful...  more »
  • The Chicago Board of Trade Building and the road leading up to are iconic from Batman Begins and the new Batwoman building and its a striking building to find, well worth the visit.  more »
  • My visitor from the Philippines and myself really enjoyed this visit to the CBT building, learned so much from this short visit but wasn't able to go inside because one needs a pass to go in. We...  more »
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  • I always make it a point to walk through this building to enjoy it's beautiful art deco design lobby. The elevator doors are especially beautiful with its geometric wheat theme. The external of the building is also beautiful with its designs around the doors and windows. At the top of the building a beautiful statue of Goddess Ceres stands on top of a pyramid.
  • Coffee shop with big screen blasting financial news is really awesome.
  • The reason I "visited" here was that for 28 years I was an employee. I worked on the trading floor as a member of the CBOT Market Reporting staff. When CME and CBOT merged (2008) I was retained and finished out the rest of my years there (March 2018). I don't have enough room or time to tell of all the people I've known, all the market conditions I've worked through, all the world events I've witnessed here (I watched the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center September 11th, 2001 on giant monitors from the CBOT Financial Floor). I also witnessed the evolutionary decline of the "open outcry market", as it converted to an electronic on-line platform. It is now a "ghost town", a gigantic monument of a very important time in the history of commerce.
  • This is an incredible building to visit if you are interested in architecture, American history, or the Art Deco movement. The interior of the lobby is covered in subtle and symbolic references to trade and industry (wheat, grains, owls, and machinery), and the exterior towers to the brim with a 30-foot statue of a faceless woman made of steel. The Chicago board of trade has several basements, one of which holds a giant walk-in safe where Al Capone once rented a safety deposit box. Unfortunately the safe is no longer available to the public to walk into, but you can walk right up to it to view the 20-ton door. Even the flooring in this building is full of industry, with depictions of early 20th century airplanes, zephyrs, and marine vessels. The elevators, mailboxes, sconces and pretty much every detail has beautiful art-deco style embellishments. Definitely worth a visit, and admission is free!
  • Great historical building to checkout including the surrounding area.

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