Construction: Reaching for the Skies

Chicago has long prided itself on being an architectural showcase, and its residents have delighted in topping New York City in almost anything. True, Chicago lagged behind New York in the post-World War II building boom for many years—but lately builders have been reaching for the skies.

In 1968, the 100-story John Hancock Center was opened, and at 1,127 ft. it ranked as the world's second tallest building, after Manhattan's 1,250-ft. Empire State Building. Early this year Standard Oil (Indiana) unfurled plans to put up a Chicago headquarters that, when finished in 1972, will be 9 ft. taller than the...

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