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Board of Trade, Chicago: 3 reviews and 5 photos

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Standing at the north end of the loop by the Chicago River, you can look down the canyon of LaSalle Street and find the goddess of agriculture Ceres standing on top of the art deco Chicago Board of Trade Building, one of the few art deco style buildings in Chicago. An interesting tidbit about Ceres, at the time the building was erected it was so tall that the builders never thought that people would get an up close look at Ceres so she has no face.

You used to be able to visit the visitors center of this building and see the trading but it appears that it is now closed due to security concerns. The website does suggest that it is still open for prearranged groups, what constitutes a group, I don't know. You can wander into the lobby but there is pretty heavy security that doesn't allow you to wander very far.

If you look two of the other photos attached to this tip, you will see pictures of the two granite goddesses, representing industry and agriculture, that disappeared in 1929 when the old CBOT building was torn down. They were returned to the plaza at the CBOT in 2005 after being rediscovered lying in the grass on the estate of Arthur Cutten, a wheat speculator that went bust in the depression.

During the Open House weekend in October 2013, they allowed people to go down into the vault which is no longer used

Address: 141 W. Jackson
Directions: Business district, south loop
Phone: +1 312-435-3590
Website: http://www.cbot.com/cbot/pub/page/0,3181,941,00.html

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  • Updated Oct 22, 2013
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