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Aon Center, Chicago: 5 reviews and 9 photos

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Favorite thing: Originally (and somewhat notoriously) this was the Amoco Building.

At 1136 feet, the Aon Center is currently Chicago's second tallest structure - behind Sears, but ahead of "Big John" Hancock. Soon, however, the Trump Thing will push Aon into third place. And if it's built, the Calatrava spire will leave everything else in the dust.

In "Chicago's Famous Buildings" (4th Edition), written by Franz Schulze and Kevin Harrington, the Aon Center is described as "the giant building Chicagoans love to hate. Because of the decline in the reputation of its architect, its absence of corner offices, and the replacement of the original marble cladding with the present granite, it is the subject of a rich local folklore."

The architect behind the Aon Center was the modernist Edward Durrell Stone (1902-1978), who seems to have revelled in the big and geometrically precise. Among Stone's other creations are the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the original - and recently demolished - Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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  • Updated Aug 31, 2007
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