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Marquette Building

140 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60603-5202
+1 312-422-5500
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MacArthur's offices are located in the historic and beautiful Marquette Building, a Chicago landmark and one of the city's first skyscrapers. The building is a classic example of Chicago-style architecture. Designed and built by Holabird & Roche in 1895, it was named for the French Jesuit missionary and explorer Jacques Marquette. In 1975, Banker's Life and Casualty Company, owned by John D. MacArthur, acquired the Marquette Building, and in 1976 it was named a National Historic Landmark. After his death in 1978, the building became the headquarters for the Foundation which bears his name. In 2001, MacArthur undertook an extensive restoration of the building, working closely with preservation specialists to return the interior and exterior to its original splendor. There is a free exhibit in the building's arcade, just west of the lobby, at 140 South Dearborn Street. Interactive kiosks detail the building's design, history, and renovation. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. The Chicago Architecture Foundation provides scheduled tours of the building.
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140 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60603-5202
Downtown / The Loop
+1 312-422-5500
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

This was a stop on an city walking tour and I continued to be impressed with all of the architecture and history that Chicago has to offer. The Tiffany mosaics were a sight to behold and there is much more to see in the building...More

Thank Laurie S
Reviewed 21 September 2017

I got a good look at the exterior of this 1895 skyscraper and its beautiful lobby on a Chicago Architecture Foundation historic skyscrapers tour. But this National Historic Landmark is also open to the public between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily, so I returned...More

Thank Rumples
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

If you are close by, it is well worth a quick look see. Even worth a dedicated trip. I am always impressed by the hidden treasures that call Chicago home. Highly recommend.

Thank Reasonable50
Reviewed 2 August 2017

One of my favourite buildings while on a quick visit to Chicago. This building was introduced to me on the 'historical skyscrapers' tour with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Loved the panels of Jolliet and Marquette on the front of the building above the doors and...More

1  Thank Hugekong
Reviewed 31 July 2017

This was a last stop of a walking tour. What an incredible place. The outside has a lovely, historical façade; only a glimmer of what awaits inside. The building was set for demolition multiple times, and, because of the dedication of many, is now a...More

Thank o2bcre8ive
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

The beauty of the mosaics in the lobby is simply amazing! Vibrant colors everywhere and many nature scenes that were lovely. The figureheads above each elevator are great as well as the scenes outside. Highly recommend going to take a look! Corner bakery is connected...More

Thank Schmidly6
Reviewed 15 April 2017

The picture window in your home was originally called the Chicago Window and set in skyscrapers. The first ones are to be seen on the Marquette Bldg. In the lobby is arguably the highest quality mosaic in the US designed by Jacob Adolphus Holzer, a...More

1  Thank Rolf A
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Excellent historic skyscraper with beautiful exterior and lobby rotunda mosaic is an incredible work of art. There is a free exhibit on the buildings history and Chicago's early skyscrapers which is very interesting.

Thank Theo B
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This building was completed in 1895 with 16 stories....an early high rise (sky scraper). The lobby is an awesome display of art that tells a story of Father Jacques Marquette's explorations of the region between 1674 &1675. Currently the building, that has been painstakingly rehabbed,...More

Thank gold-vintner
Reviewed 5 October 2016

I remembered this build from a previous trip, and how transported I was by the Tiffany glass mosaic in the lobby. What I did not remember and appreciated very much was the explanatory exhibit in the next room that explained the restoration process for the...More

Thank Kathleen P
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