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Chicago’s Oldest Standing Skyscraper Lights Up LaSalle Street
The Rookery – Brilliant Past. Brighter Future.

Chicago – The Rookery Building owners and The John Buck Company officially illuminated the exterior of the Rookery Building with custom-designed LED lighting fixtures to further enhance one the of city’s first skyscrapers.

“The Rookery is one of the most historic buildings in Chicago, attracting thousands of visitors each week to tour the lobby and to view the building’s ornate exterior façade,” said T.J. Brookover, Principal and Director of Property Management, The John Buck Company. “Recognizing that the building looses its nighttime identity and consistent with their desire to continually modernize The Rookery, the building owners had a vision to light the exterior, giving it a presence on LaSalle Street both day and night.” On Wednesday, November 30 2011, the building was beautifully illuminated with low energy consumption fixtures.

Light has been a theme of The Rookery since its inception. For the first time, the exterior lighting will take the light theme outside the building and serve as the next step in the evolution of The Rookery. The new lighting will further The Rookery’s reputation as a feature destination for tenants, city residents and tourists.

“The exterior lighting of The Rookery isn’t only about this landmark, but about giving back to Chicago and enhancing one of the oldest standing skyscrapers in the world,” added Stefan Boehme, Rookery Building Owner Asset Manager.

The lighting of the building truly reflects its brilliant past and its brighter future. The Rookery building will be illuminated every night moving forward.


The Rookery was a recipient of the 2012 Award of Excellence in recognition of the exterior illumination of The Rookery. This award represents the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural application and is sponsored by New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC).