Chicago City Hall & County Building, Chicago

Chicago City Hall & County Building, Chicago

This structure essentially functions as an office building—or more precisely, two office buildings designed around light wells, one of which has its office spaces interrupted for two stories to accommodate the City Council. The primary objective was to construct an eleven-story structure that wouldn't give the impression of a typical skyscraper. This feat was achieved by doubling the size of the exterior façade, reducing the number of windows, and introducing Chicago's largest columns at the time—imposing seventy-five-foot-high, hollow columns composed of fifteen curved granite segments. The Corinthian capitals alone equal the height of an entire floor! The support for these purely ornamental elements necessitated the use of ten-foot-diameter caissons.

Designed in the Classical Revival style, the building received its official dedication in 1911. The entrance to the Chicago City Hall showcases four relief panels sculpted in granite, each representing one of the four main concerns of city government: playgrounds, schools, parks, and water supply. Upon entering the premises, visitors are welcomed by intricate marble stairways and bronze tablets that pay tribute to the historical city halls of Chicago, spanning from 1837 to the present day.

In 2006, a green roof was installed on the City Hall section of the building, serving as an experiment to study the impact of green roofs on urban heat islands, rainwater runoff, and the suitability of various green roofs and plant species for Chicago's climate. It also facilitated energy consumption comparisons with the conventionally roofed County Building.

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Sight Name: Chicago City Hall & County Building
Sight Location: Chicago, USA (See walking tours in Chicago)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

Creating your own self-guided walk in Chicago is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Chicago Old Town Walking Tour

Chicago Old Town Walking Tour

Settled in 1850 by German immigrants, Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood is a popular destination for locals and visitors who cater to the entertainment venues, restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and boutiques – all of which have turned an area once referred to as the “Cabbage Patch” into an attraction that rivals Navy Pier, Wrigley Field and the Magnificent Mile.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Chicago Introduction Walking Tour

Chicago Introduction Walking Tour

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Prior to the Europeans, the area of today's Chicago was successively inhabited by various Native American...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Chicago Chinatown Walking Tour

Chicago Chinatown Walking Tour

Tucked away just south of the Loop, the Chinatown of Chicago was established in 1912 and is considered one of the best examples of American Chinatown. While it may be one of Chicago’s smallest neighborhoods geographically, it is big on character, colors, sights, sounds, and flavors. Here, you’ll find a wide range of unique boutiques, specialty shops, religious sights, authentic Chinese...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
The Magnificent Mile Walking Tour

The Magnificent Mile Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

Millennium and Grant Parks Walking Tour

The city of Chicago is renowned for its outdoor green spaces. One such “forever free and open” space, is called Grant Park and was established in 1844. In fact, upon foundation, it was called Lake Park, but was renamed in 1901 after the American Civil War General and United States President, Ulysses S. Grant.

Popularly referred to as “Chicago's front lawn,” this lakefront park is...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Chicago Navy Pier Walking Tour

Chicago Navy Pier Walking Tour

Additional to scenic views of the lake, the boats, and the city skyline, the Navy Pier offers a variety of attractions on the waterfront – for kids as well as adults – that draw nearly ten million people annually, making this Chicago's most visited spot. Yes, some may see it as a “tourist trap”, but it is worth the time and money to spend some time here, so take this self-guided walk...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles

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