Chicago City Hall is the
official seat of government of the City of Chicago in Illinois.
to the Richard
J. Daley Center and the James R. Thompson Center, the building that includes Chicago City Hall
houses the offices of the mayor,
city clerk, and city treasurer of Chicago; some city departments;
aldermen of Chicago's various wards; and
chambers of the Chicago City
Council on the west side of the building. The building's east
side (called the County Building) is devoted to
the various offices of Cook County.
Chicago City Hall, shortly before
construction was completed in 1911.
Situated on a city block bounded by
, Washington, and Clark streets, the
11-story structure was designed by the architectural firm Holabird & Roche
in the classical revival
style. The building was
officially dedicated on February 27
Chicago City Hall's entrance features four relief panels sculpted
in granite by John
. Each of the panels represents one of four principal
concerns of city government: playgrounds, schools, parks, and water
supply. As visitors enter the building, they are greeted with
elaborate marble stairways and bronze tablets honoring the past
city halls of Chicago from 1837 to the present. The first major
renovation project undertaken was in 1967 as major city
departments, originally located outside Chicago City Hall, were
In 2001 the roof gardens were completed serving as a test for the
impact green roofs would have on the heat
effect in urban areas, rainwater runoff, and the
effectiveness of differing types of green
and plant species for Chicago's climate. Noted "green"
architect William McDonough
designed the project, which is not open to the public.