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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 1 week ago 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 6 February 2017

This is a phenomenal building to visit, and were it not for my friend dragging me in, I would have walked right past. And missed some of the most beautiful mosaics I have ever seen depicting the French explorer Marquette's interaction with the American people...More

Thank MaxGlobetrotter
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
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Marquette building was named afterJacques Marquett a jesuit who was an explorer of chicago and other places. In the lobby you see made beautifully with mosiac pieces his story of his travels. Bronze, tiffany glass and other precious materials. The Marquette building is again one...More

Thank Hirlsa H
Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

The mosaics were fascinating in the lobby. Also there is a small Museum featuring the architecture and construction of the building just west of the lobby. Easy visit. Great way to kill an hour.

1  Thank SaltyCurmudgeon
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

This is a stunning old building with an even more stunning interior. This was on our Chicago Architectural Walking Tour which is a must if you love architecture. This was one of the many buildings viewed on our 11/2 hour tour. Don't miss it.

Thank jgbtravels
Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

The Marquette Building was not on my architecture tour, but I had read about the building and stopped into the lobby which is free. The lobby is gorgeous!

4  Thank Luvs2TravelAnywhere
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