Walking Tour 1 in Chicago
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Chicago Board of Trade Tour. Recognized as a local and national historic landmark, the art deco behemoth reigned as the tallest building in Chicago for 35 years. It was the first building in the city to surpass feet, attracting visitors from around the world with a glass-enclosed observation deck in its pyramid-shaped roof, offering unobstructed views of the city.
The building is topped by a three-story statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture. Today the story building is dwarfed by the surrounding skyline, but it is still a hot bed of activity as home to the trading floors of the chicago board of trade guided tours Chicago Board of Trade CBOT and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
The tour of the building started in the original CBOT board room, which features original light sconces, wood paneling chicago board of trade guided tours the vintage deco doorknobs. Boyington, who also designed the famous Chicago Water Tower, Mr. The main building features a classic art deco tapered structure chicago board of trade guided tours recessed windows, setbacks and massive 30,square-foot floor plates on the lower levels, to accommodate traders and their offices.
The ceiling of the room was lowered to improve the acoustics of a room designed to accommodate thousands of traders shouting orders, Ms. Johnson then guided the group to the basement of the main building, revealing the type of feature rarely found in modern buildings—a massive bank vault.
Tenants used the safety deposit boxes to store valuables, especially during periods when nobody trusted banks. Johnson and GlenStar Properties for the wonderful tour. The CBOT and its trading floors were originally housed in a cathedral-like structure built inwhich was designed by William W. The new trading floor had 60 ft. To accommodate the unique requirements of traders, the building is serviced by 10 electrical feeds from seven different substations, as well as 15 different telecommunications providers, Mr.
Staff peer into the trading floor from the observation level. Original exit sign from The group visits one of the original art deco floors. Original terrazzo floors in the elevator lobbies. Staff look for valuables in the old safety deposit boxes.
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