Jewelers’ Building, Chicago: What a Gem!

What a beautiful building! This is the “Jewelers’ Building, located at 35 Wacker Drive in Chicago. Built around 1927, this neoclassical style structure was designed by architects Joachim Giaver and Frederick Dinkelberg. It has 40 stories, and sits at 523 feet (159.4 m) high. The Jewelers’ Building has had quite an interesting history. For its first 14 years in business, the building had a car lift which served the first 23 floors. It allowed for the safe transfer of jewelers (and the jewels they were no doubt carrying) to their offices.

In 1937 the dome at the top of the building contained a restaurant called, “The Stratosphere Club”. The urban legends placing mobster Al Capone as its proprietor are erroneous at best. Mr. Capone had long been in prison for ‘tax evasion’. Nonetheless, the association with his name no doubt sparked public interest that, at the very least, prompted patrons to have a libation (or two) in the domed restaurant.

Lots of movies and television shows have been filmed inside and outside of this fantastic structure: Batman Begins, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and The Good Wife, just to name a few.

If you look closely in the photo at the top of this post you might just see the sun’s ray playing on various portions of the building, making a lovely and unique pattern. I always enjoy seeing sunlight bounce off buildings, creating its own perspective.

Since I had the pleasure of taking a moment to snap a pic of this building, it dawned on me (yet again) how much we take for granted in our familiar spaces. Those rushing past these magnificent structures should take a minute just to look up once in a while. Who knows, you might just see Batman or some ‘spare jewels’ laying about! *grin*

  13 comments for “Jewelers’ Building, Chicago: What a Gem!

  1. March 31, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    An architectural jewel! Isn’t everything on Wacker Drive? xo

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  2. March 31, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    It’s an attractive building, great architecture! 😎

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  3. March 31, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Wow! It’s a beaut! Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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  4. April 1, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Sometimes you can see something nearly every day and not notice it. That’s the way it is with the Jeweler’s Building for me. It’s a real beauty in a city full of real beauties.

    By the way, I like your new picture in your header. The river is another thing you can see every day and not really *look* at it.

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    • April 1, 2019 at 1:42 pm

      That is so true, John! Why thank you! I agree with everything you mentioned. It is amazing how we can literally be in the presence of something every day and not even notice it. A strange lot, we humans! *grin* Cher xo


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  6. April 1, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Beautiful building, very majestic! I must say, my mind immediatly thought of Batman! Batman from the original series with Adam West as Batman & Dick Warden as Robin! What memories! Thank you Cher!

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    • April 2, 2019 at 8:08 am

      Hey there, dearie! Oh yes, it is definitely a Batman kinda building! LOL Thank you, my dear! Cher xoxoxo


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