A Beacon on Chicago's Skyline for Generations!
Built in 1924, Metropolitan Tower is an art deco style, landmark, 234-unit luxury residential building. We are located at 310 South Michigan Avenue, at the corner of Jackson Boulevard with our front yard being Grant Park and Lake Michigan. Metropolitan Tower residents have convenient access to The Art Institute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, the Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, Soldier Field, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, as well as many other historic and contemporary Chicago icons and other spectacular tourist destinations.
Originally named for its first occupant S.W. Straus, and over the years renamed for other famous inhabitants including
Encyclopedia Britannica, Metropolitan Tower was the first Chicago building with over 30 floors. As a beacon of our great
city, Metropolitan Tower is commonly referred to as the “Beehive” building for its iconic, deep blue orb, powered by six
1000-watt bulbs that sit atop the 40-foot limestone pyramid surrounded by (4) bison’s. Right under the “hive” you can
almost make out the 1,500+ pound carillon bells. They once played “Handel’s “Cambridge Quarters” on the quarter hour.
Unused for many years, they were restored in 1979 for Pope John Paul II’s visit to the Windy City.
Suitable for the Straus’ finance business, the pyramid symbolized longevity and permanence and the beehive stood for
industry and thrift. At one time, the thirtieth floor was the Straus Tower Observatory, which was open to the public for
viewing the city. This viewing room has a spiral staircase where one can view all (4) directions of the city. It’s super cool.
Today, still nestled within the bustle of the dynamic Chicago Loop and neighboring parks, our Metropolitan Tower’s classic grace is now garnished with the warmth and community of caring neighbors that share a zest for urban life and Chicago’s finest downtown establishments, as well as a passion for the rich history of their home.
Our gorgeous rooftop provides stunning views of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier and a panoramic Chicago skyline spectacle.
Whether barbequing, enjoying fireworks or simply gathering with friends, you will enjoy one of the very best rooftop
experiences in all of Chicago! Metropolitan Tower’s vast amenities simply start with our lake view rooftop and include:
• Fitness Center with showers and sauna
• Two-floor Furnished Event Rooms
• Furnished Guest Suites
• Elegant, Spacious Lobby, 24-7 doormen
• Spectacular rooftop with grills and seating
• Grant and Millennium Parks
• On-premise Retail – Kilwin’s Ice Cream and Candy, CVS
• On-premise Laundry Service
• Onsite Management and Maintenance
• Heated, Indoor Parking Garage
Metropolitan Tower Condominium Association
310 South Michigan Avenue 7th floor
Chicago, Illinois 60604