The Tops: Palmolive Building

Lindburgh Beacon atop the Palmolive Building

Today we continue our series called “The Tops.”  

Every year, millions of people admire Chicago’s architecture.  Most people only get to see the city’s skyscrapers and landmarks from street level.  This series answers the question, “What’s up there?” for tourists and locals alike.

Today’s building is The Palmolive Building (919 North Michigan Avenue).  At the top of the building is a tower and at the top of that tower is the Lindburgh Beacon, which is still functional, though only turned on rarely.  In this photo you can see the beacon surrounded by lightning rods.

Author: Editor

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