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Address: 140 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60603-5202
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MacArthur's offices are located in the historic and beautiful Marquette...

MacArthur's offices are located in the historic and beautiful Marquette Building, a Chicago landmark and one of the city's first skyscrapers. The building is a classic example of Chicago-style architecture. Designed and built by Holabird & Roche in 1895, it was named for the French Jesuit missionary and explorer Jacques Marquette. In 1975, Banker's Life and Casualty Company, owned by John D. MacArthur, acquired the Marquette Building, and in 1976 it was named a National Historic Landmark. After his death in 1978, the building became the headquarters for the Foundation which bears his name. In 2001, MacArthur undertook an extensive restoration of the building, working closely with preservation specialists to return the interior and exterior to its original splendor. There is a free exhibit in the building's arcade, just west of the lobby, at 140 South Dearborn Street. Interactive kiosks detail the building's design, history, and renovation. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. The Chicago Architecture Foundation provides scheduled tours of the building.

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This is a phenomenal building to visit, and were it not for my friend dragging me in, I would have walked right past. And missed some of the most beautiful mosaics I have ever... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

This is a phenomenal building to visit, and were it not for my friend dragging me in, I would have walked right past. And missed some of the most beautiful mosaics I have ever seen depicting the French explorer Marquette's interaction with the American people in the 19th century. And beyond the wonderful lobby, a small but well written and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Excellent historic skyscraper with beautiful exterior and lobby rotunda mosaic is an incredible work of art. There is a free exhibit on the buildings history and Chicago's early skyscrapers which is very interesting.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This building was completed in 1895 with 16 stories....an early high rise (sky scraper). The lobby is an awesome display of art that tells a story of Father Jacques Marquette's explorations of the region between 1674 &1675. Currently the building, that has been painstakingly rehabbed, houses the MacArthur Foundation. Truly a gem.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

I remembered this build from a previous trip, and how transported I was by the Tiffany glass mosaic in the lobby. What I did not remember and appreciated very much was the explanatory exhibit in the next room that explained the restoration process for the building, as well as the best history of the skyscraper in Chicago.

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Marquette building was named afterJacques Marquett a jesuit who was an explorer of chicago and other places. In the lobby you see made beautifully with mosiac pieces his story of his travels. Bronze, tiffany glass and other precious materials. The Marquette building is again one of the few old first steel skyscrapers in chicago. On the way back from the... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

The mosaics were fascinating in the lobby. Also there is a small Museum featuring the architecture and construction of the building just west of the lobby. Easy visit. Great way to kill an hour.

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Louisville, KY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

This is a stunning old building with an even more stunning interior. This was on our Chicago Architectural Walking Tour which is a must if you love architecture. This was one of the many buildings viewed on our 11/2 hour tour. Don't miss it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

The Marquette Building was not on my architecture tour, but I had read about the building and stopped into the lobby which is free. The lobby is gorgeous!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2016

This is a spectacular building with stunning details including Tiffany favrile glass mosaics depicting Marquette's explorations. The building's ground floor has a detailed exhibition about the building so you can stop in and view the architectural details and read about the restoration of the building without taking a tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

The Marquette Building is beautiful outside, but the lobby inside is stunning. There are mosaics by Tiffany and all sorts of bronze bas relief sculptures of famous people in the Chicago history. Beautiful building on the architecture tour.

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