The John Hancock Center is located int he heart of Chicago's most fashionable business and commercial district, on the bank of Lake Michigan.
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Background: The John Hancock Center is located int he heart of Chicago's most fashionable business and commercial district, on the bank of Lake Michigan. The 100-tory structure is, at this pint, the tallest building in the city. Besides its overpowering height, the building's exterior is characterized by a unique design of five huge X's on each side of the building.
The important element of the story of the John Hancock Center is that it is a trend setter. It house a blend of office, residential, commercial, parking, retail, recreational, and service facilities. Urban planners refer to the center as a forerunner of the multi-purpose "vertical center," where a person need never leave the building to carry out the regular business of the average American. This city-within-a-city has 706 apartments of various sizes, five restaurants and cocktail lounges, a department store, a grocery story, professional health services, barber and beauty shops, a health club, swimming pool, service shops, 28 floors of business offices, five floors of commercial and retail establishments, parking space for 1,000 cars, and the best available view of Chicago's north and south lakefront. The city's residential populations 2,000. During the day its overall population wells to about 12,000.
OTHER FACTS ABUT THE CENTER
It is the world's tallest office-residential building.
It stands 1,107 feet (and the 349-foot antennas on top give it a total height of 1,456 feet)
If laid in its side, it would be longer than the longest ship ever built, the U.S. aircraft carrier "Enterprise."
The breakdown of the floor usage is:
floors 1-5 commercial
13-41 business offices
44 "Sky Lobby" for residents
93-97 TV and Fm communications equipment
98-100 mechanical and air conditioning equipment