Iconic Chicago Real Estate: The Hancock Center

Chicago's famed Hancock Building

The Hancock Center is an iconic piece of Chicago's architecture. (Photo from flickr/wallyg)

In any skyline photo of Chicago, two buildings give the tell-tale sign that the panorama belongs to the second city—Willis Tower (better known as the Sears Tower) bracketing the western edge of downtown Chicago and the John Hancock Center bordering the east.

Home to both luxury residential Chicago condos as well as office and commercial space, the Hancock Center is truly an iconic piece of Chicago’s architecture. That was celebrated last month with the passing of architect Bruce Graham, who helped design both the Sears Tower and the Hancock Building.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Graham became friends with famed architect Mies van der Rohe and followed in his footsteps to create powerful architecture to “communicate the messages of optimism and power.” The 100-story Hancock Building opened in 1970, and was one of the first buildings to utilize the “tube” construction designed by Graham. Such construction creates an external frame for the building, as seen in the Hancock’s X-shaped braces that instantaneously identify the skyscraper.

These roots in Chicago’s architecture scene makes the Hancock a unique building for a Chicago home—particularly for designers and architects who enjoy classic modern architecture. Chicago condos in the Hancock Building put you virtually in your own city—the building includes a full-line supermarket, an amazing full-length indoor pool, and a swanky restaurant and lounge. Plus, its location is hard to beat. Residences in the Hancock Building offer views of Lincoln Park, Lake Michigan, and a bustling downtown below. Chicago condos in the Hancock also put you within a block or chic and sophisticated shopping on and off of Michigan Avenue, across from the Water Tower and the shops at 900 Michigan Avenue.

The Hancock also delivers for those searching for luxury real estate in Chicago. Residents occupy floors 45 to 92 and enter the building through a private lobby, where they are greeted in the private lobby by uniformed doormen. An express elevator leads residences to amenities on the 44th floor, including the grocer, a sky lobby, two party rooms, a mail room, valet shop and exercise and pool/spa area.

Condos in the Hancock range from studio units to 4-bedroom homes, offering options for those looking for a second home in the city as well as families in search of Chicago homes with architectural significance. These Chicago condos feature ceiling heights from 8 ½ to 11 feet with fully-equipped kitchens and remodeled units showcasing premiere finishes and amenities. Some units also offer a sky terrace, which is similar to a balcony but enclosed by glass with operable windows.

For Chicago homes for sale in the iconic Hancock building, contact agent Sheldon Salnick at (312) 498-5080 or email him at ssalnick@dreamtown.com.

View from the Hancock Building

Residences in the Hancock Building offer spectacular views of Chicago. (Photo from flickr/wallyg)

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