The Architectural Masterpiece of Chicago’s Financial District

As one of Chicago’s most historically significant structures, The Rookery Building is a unique enclave for businesses that value a prestigious presence. An icon in the center of Chicago’s downtown Financial District, The Rookery seamlessly combines the flair of an era gone by with state-of-the-art building systems and technology. Designated a Chicago Landmark in 1972 after being added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, The Rookery is universally considered an architectural masterpiece.
The Rookery

Designed by famous architectural partners Burnham and Root, the picturesque Rookery was originally completed in 1888. Adding to its impressive stature, Frank Lloyd Wright redesigned the stunning two-story, sky-lit lobby in 1905. Meticulously renovated and maintained, The Rookery stands as one of the most highly recognized addresses in all of Chicago.

Rookery staircase

National Chicago Landmark

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s financial district, The Rookery was built to be a prestigious business environment. The building has an unrivaled history in Chicago and has proven, throughout generations, to be a place of bold progress and great success. Architects Daniel Burnham and John Root created an architectural masterpiece that is one of the most significant surviving examples of the early commercial skyscrapers, The Rookery. Its stately façade is unmatched in architectural detailing. A rich and inviting environment complements the building, highlighted by incredible architectural features, including the mesmerizing oriel staircase and stunning light court.

Harbour was pleased to be a part of restoring this prestigious building to the original visions of Burnham & Root / Frank Lloyd Wright. The Rookery is a unique enclave for businesses; it is the epicenter of Chicago’s Financial District. This architectural masterpiece is the predecessor for buildings that push the limits with state-of-the-art building systems and technology.

Sustainability and Certification

In April 2014, The Rookery Building achieved its LEED Gold Certification and remains the oldest LEED Gold certified building in Illinois and the oldest certified high-rise worldwide. By attaining the LEED designation, The Rookery provides to its tenants not only office space with a historic address but a work environment that celebrates sustainability and energy efficiency.

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