Jonathan Bunge on Chicago’s Best and Famous Skyscrapers

Jonathan Bunge (Chicago) Skyscrapers

For Jonathan Bunge, (Chicago) skyscraper Willis Tower remains an inspiration. Being in the construction business himself, he finds inspiration from buildings, particularly towering skyscrapers that not only feature excellent architectural design but also durability and resilience as they stand the test of time. This post will talk about what Jonathan Bunge thinks of Chicago buildings..

I was exposed to building construction at an early age because my father used to be a general contractor. When I was younger, it amazed me no end how a once vacant lot can suddenly “sprout” such beautiful tall buildings. Today, I still believe that there’s magic in construction work. Building something out of nothing, in a manner of speaking, amazes me each and every time.

Whenever I get the chance, I visit other states just to marvel at their amazing structures. And I must admit that up to this time, my favorite place to visit for this purpose is Chicago. Yes, Jon Bunge is a Chicago fan. While San Diego and Los Angeles are my first loves, outside of these two, Chicago comes next. You might be wondering why Jonathan Bunge prefers Chicago over all other states outside of San Diego and Los Angeles, so to keep you from guessing, here are my reasons why:

1. The Willis Tower. The Willis Tower is more popularly known to the older generation as Sears Tower. Built in the early 1970s, it was the tallest building in the world at the time. Let me rephrase that; it was the tallest building in the world from its completion in 1973 up to the late 1990s—almost 25 years! And up until 2014, it was the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. Today, the 108-story building still proudly stands tall and is considered as the second-tallest building in the US. If you’re visiting Chicago for the first time, the Willis Tower is simply a must! Head straight to the skydeck on the 103rd floor to get a good view of the city’s skyline.

2. Aon Center. The Aon Center was originally named Standard Oil Building. Completed in 1974, it was to be the tallest marble façade building in the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see its magnificence in marble (as many of you didn’t too, I might assume) because issues began to surface with the marble cladding during the construction phase. Apparently, a marble slab that was about 350 pound heavy detached from the building and damaged the roof of a nearby building. Today, it is the third tallest building in state, comprised of eighty-three floors.

3. John Hancock Center. The John Hancock Center was built in 1965 and completed in 1969. At the time of its completion, it was the second tallest building in the world. It is a 100-story skyscraper that stands proud and tall on Michigan Avenue. Now, you might be asking why this only comes second to the Aon Center when the latter only has 83 stories. This is because the Aon Center is approximately 1,136 feet high while the John Hancock Center is only 1, 128 feet high.

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