Chicago Architecture Info

515 North State



Formerly known as The American Medical Association Building
Address 515 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60654
Bounding streets
  • North State Street
  • East Grand Avenue
  • North Wabash Avenue
  • East Illinois Street
Neighborhood Near North
  • American Medical Association
  • The Buck Company
  • Miller Klutznick Davis Gray and Company
Architecture firm Kenzo Tange Associates
Architect Kenzo Tange
Coordinating architecture firm Shaw & Associates
Structural engineer Cohen Barreto Marchertas
Built 1990
  • Office
  • Skyscraper
Floors above ground 30
Floors below ground one
Maximum height 427 feet, nine inches
Roof height 413 feet, nine inches
Height to the hole 331 feet, three inches
Elevator banks
  • 1 freight
  • 3 passenger
  • This was the first American skyscraper designed by famous Japanese architect Kenzo Tange.
  • The four-story hole in the facade was made to distinguish the skyscraper from the other glass towers in the skyline.
  • This building was allowed to build taller than its zoning because it incorporated the following features:
    • A water feature
    • An arcade
    • Underground loading docks
    • An upper level setback
    • A plaza


2013 The American Medical Association, for which this skyscraper was built, moved out.