CBOT Building Specifications

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Building Information

Building Construction

North Building – 1930

  • Architect: Holabird and Root
  • 44 Stories
  • 750,000 Rentable Square Feet

South Building – 1982

  • Architect: Murphy/Jahn Architects
  • 22 Stories
  • 12th Floor Atrium
  • 550,000 Rentable Square Feet

Ownership and Management

  • The Chicago Board of Trade Building is owned by Chicago BT Property, LLC.
  • The CBOT Building is leased and managed by GlenStar Asset Management, LLC.


The CBOT Building possesses an unrivaled electrical infrastructure including:

  • Ten electrical feeds from six ComEd substations with automatic transfer currently producing 42.5 MVH of overall electrical supply
  • 5 watts per square foot expandable to 50 + watts per square foot


  • Redundant HVAC system by way of both chilled water from Thermal Chicago district cooling and the building’s extensive on-site chiller plant.
  • South Building: variable air volume system.
  • North Building: hybrid of both constant volume and variable air volume.


State-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure and
services include:

  • 15 telecommunications providers
  • 20 diverse fiber feeds from 10 unique fiber providers
  • Fiber Optic Backbone with native Ethernet
  • Cable TV
  • Speed and cost advantages with respect to connectivity to CME Globex compared to other office buildings

Floor Loading

  • Approximetly 70 lbs psf

Ceiling Heights

  • Typical slab-to-slab heights are 11′-7 1/2″
  • Typical finished ceiling heights 8′-2″ – North Building, 8’6″ -
    South Building
  • Several floors boost ceiling heights in excess of 10-feet


North Building:

  • Floors 1-14 (8 cars) 600 feet per minute
  • Floors 14-22 (8 cars) 700 feet per minute
  • Floors 22-41 (7 cars) 900 feet per minute

South Building:

  • Floors 1-12 (4 cars) 700 feet per minute
  • Floors 12-22 (6 cars) 500 feet per minute

All elevators have direct access to the Trading Floor


  • Bottom Line Yoga
  • Burling, Chase, Harris and Lakeside Banks
  • Ceres Café (Full Service Restaurant & Bar)
  • Cellars Market
  • Dentists
  • Vased Flowers (Florist)
  • Franco’s Hair Salon
  • Jack Schwartz Imports (Cigar Emporium)
  • News & Sundry Shop
  • Rosin Eye Care
  • Ticket Exchange
  • Travel Center
  • Onsite Concierge Service
  • 24/7/365 Teleconferencing Center
  • 24/7/365 Fitness Center
  • 24/7/365 Manned Security Environment
  • Messenger Center
  • Mezza Mediterranean Grill

Transportation Access

  • The CTA’s Purple, Brown, Green, and Orange lines are all adjacent to the property at LaSalle and Van Buren.
  • The Blue line is two blocks east
  • The Red line is three blocks east
  • METRA Rock Island: 1 block south
  • METRA Union Station: 3.5 blocks west
  • METRA Electric and South Shore Line: 5 blocks east
  • METRA Ogilvie Station: 6.5 blocks northwest
  • Other METRA facilities at Union and Northwestern Stations are within easy walking distance


  • Tenants only access to the adjacent CME owned garage with indoor access.
  • The Traders Garage conveniently located 1.5 blocks from the building.

Historic Status

The entire North Building is designated a Chicago Landmark and the Lobby along with the north facade are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Renovation of Historic
Landmark Building

  • $19+ million exterior and interior renovation
  • Meticulous preservation of historic Jackson Boulevard main lobby
  • Fire and life safety upgrades
  • Full elevator modernization including 23 new cabs in the North Building
  • Complete façade restoration and cleaning

Building Awards

The Chicago Board of Trade Building has been the recipient of the following awards for the renovation and property management excellence.

  • LEED Silver Certified 2016
  • Regional BOMA 2014/2015 TOBY Award in Renovated Building Category
  • Local BOMA 2014/2015 TOBY Award in Renovated Building Category
  • International Building Owners and Managers
  • Association (BOMA) 2007/2008 Office Building of the Year (TOBY) Award in Historic Category
  • Regional BOMA 2007/2008 TOBY in Historic Category
  • Local BOMA 2007/2008 TOBY in Historic Category
  • Friends of Downtown – 2008 Renovation Award
  • International Association of Lighting Designers – 2007 IALD Award – Citation for use of modern technology to accurately replicate historic lighting design
  • City of Chicago – 2007 Chicago Landmark Award – Preservation Excellence – Exterior/Interior Renovation
  • Landmarks Illinois – 2006 Outstanding Commitment to Historic Preservation
  • Local BOMA 2006/2007 TOBY in Renovation Category
  • BOMA 360 Designation