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The historic Chicago Board of Trade Building stands at the foot of La Salle Street, at the head of what is known as the La Salle Street canyon. The building is the primary trading venue for the CME Group which was formed in 2007 with the merger of the Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Founded in 1848, what is now the CME Group is the world's oldest futures and options exchange. It is here that world prices for corn, wheat, soybeans, pork bellies, and cattle are set.

The 45-story building was designed by the architectural firm of Holabird & Root in the Art Deco style of architecture. Completed in 1930, the 605-foot (185-meter) Chicago Board of Trade Building was the tallest in Chicago until it was surpassed by the Richard J. Daley Center in 1965.

The building's copper pyramidal roof is topped by an aluminum statue entitled Ceres, which was the Roman goddess of agriculture. She has a sheaf of wheat in her left hand and a bag of corn in her right hand, symbolizing the commodities exchanged at the Chicago Board of Trade. The 31-foot (nine-meter) statue is faceless because its sculptor, John Storrs, thought that the the building would always be sufficiently taller than any surrounding buildings so that no one would be able to see its face.

The Chicago Board of Trade Building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark.

Directions: The Chicago Board of Trade Building is located at 141 West Jackson Boulevard, in downtown Chicago.

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  • Updated Sep 30, 2012
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