Chicago Home to Tallest U.S. Real Estate, For Now

April 30, 2012

The tallest building in the country is right here in the Windy City, but that parcel of Chicago real estate is losing its title.

One World Trade Center in New York

One World Trade Center in New York

Workers this week are adding steel columns to the top of One World Trade Center that will stretch this building higher than the Empire State Building, making it the highest tower in New York.

When a 408-foot needle is added to the roof in the future, One World Trade Center will measure 1,776 feet to the top of its spire, making it 325 feet taller than the current tallest real estate in the country; the 1,451-foot-tall Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago.

The monumental building, dubbed Freedom Tower, will actually be the highest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere when completed.

Freedom Tower is being constructed to replace New York’s twin towers destroyed in the 9-11 attacks. This Wednesday just happens to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden, who orchestrated the tragic events that forever changed our country.

Chicago is still home to some of the country’s tallest skyscrapers. In fact, 19 of the 95 tallest buildings in the U.S. are situated right here. Not including One World Trade Center, here are the current tallest buildings in America:

Willis Tower in Chicago

Willis Tower in Chicago

1. Willis Tower, Chicago, 1,451 feet

2. Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago, 1,389 feet

3. Empire State Building, New York City, 1,250 feet

4. Bank of America Tower, New York City, 1,200 feet

5. Aon Center, Chicago, 1,136 feet

6. John Hancock Center, Chicago, 1,128 feet

7. Chrysler Building, New York City, 1,046 feet

8. New York Times Tower, New York City, 1,046 feet

9. Bank of America Plaza, Atlanta, 1,040 feet

10. U.S. Bank Tower, Los Angeles, 1,018 feet

11. Franklin Center – North Tower, Chicago, 1,007 feet

12. JPMorgan Chase Tower, Houston, 1,002 feet

13. Two Prudential Plaza, Chicago, 995 feet

All tall, but none of them come close to the tallest building in the world. That would be Dubai’s Bhurj Khalifa, which reaches an astonishing height of 2,717 feet.

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