The Chicago Board of Trade Building

141 W Jackson Blvd Chicago

Architectural Gems/The Chicago Board of Trade Building
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It lost its tallest building title after the Richard J. Daley Center was built in 1965 and would get further down the list as more buildings popped up. It is still the tallest Art Deco building outside of New York City.

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The Chicago Board of Trade was built in 1930 and named a Chicago landmark in 1977 and then a national historic landmark in 1978. Now, the building is a popular site both for tourists and for movie shoots. The Blues Brothers, The Untouchables, Public Enemies, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off are just a few movies that included the building in their shots. At the top of the building is a three-story aluminum statue of Ceres, in the Art Deco style (as is the rest of the building), who is the goddess of agriculture and fertility. There are other references to grains in the architecture, including a Babylonian holding grain and a Native American holding corn on the sides of the clock tower.

The Chicago Board of Trade still operates from the building, where it occupies the fourth floor since the beginning. Quaker Oats was the first tenant of the building, though, moving into the building in May of 1930.

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