175 W Jackson

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Elevating the tenant experience with modern amenities and redesigned common areas while preserving the integrity of a historic 1920s building.

The old Insurance Exchange building is an architectural masterpiece that merges the beauty of the past with today’s sophistication. LJC and Clayco collaborated to uphold the building’s excellence with a complete renovation and redesign of the entire lobby and circulation corridors, including elevator cabs. Additionally, the team redesigned the penthouse into an amenity-rich business center with conference rooms, a café, a game room, and a shared rooftop terrace.

The breathtaking lobby atrium sits at the base of twin 22-story light wells. Guests can enjoy the natural light and marvel at the vast, open pathways that provide a clear sightline to the top of the building. The lobby finishes consist of restored marble floors, bright plaster walls, with classic champagne gold tones, leaf sculptures, and laser cut panels borrowing from the exterior charm of the 1920s. New smoke glass ceiling accents and a center reflecting water feature add a contemporary and warm experience while reflecting the sky and the movement of employees walking through the concourse.

These renovations restore the glamor of the past with new contemporary clean and classic materials. Standing 22-stories tall and spanning an entire city block between Jackson and Van Buren, this building’s turn-of-the-century charm, combined with its modern infrastructure and amenities, establishes 175 W Jackson as one of the most attractive buildings in the south-west Loop.

Landscape Architecture

175 W Jackson Rooftop Terrace
175 W Jackson Rooftop Terrace
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An exclusive rooftop amenity deck for office tenants offers flexible space to work, play, and relax with incredible city views.

As part of a larger project to redesign and renovate 175 W Jackson’s lobby and tenant amenity center, LJC’s landscape team designed a 4,000 SF rooftop terrace on the building’s 22nd floor. Adjacent to the penthouse amenity floor, the rooftop area allows tenants access to a striking outdoor rooftop experience with incredible views of Chicago and the nearby Willis Tower.

Long and rectangular, the rooftop is adaptable for different tenant uses with ample café seating for outdoor lunches, informal gathering areas with sectional seating and rocking Adirondack chairs, large tables for work meetings, and high-top tables for evening events. The synthetic turf offers a more active and playful space for bag toss and ping pong.

Built in 1912, 175 W Jackson, also known as the old Insurance Exchange building, is an architectural masterpiece. Supporting large amounts of weight and people on the roof was not part of the original plan, so the amenity deck posed structural challenges to accommodate and support the new heavier weight of deep soil profiles, trees and shrubs, and pavers.

Planters placed at each column along the intricate parapet create smaller rooms accented with different plant mixes as you move through each area. Bold plantings and bright blue, green, red, and yellow accent furniture add splashes of color throughout the space year-round. Festoon lights strung over one end of the deck add the finishing touch along with LED light strips flush-mounted in between the metal planks to break up the monotony of the metal while adding warmth and ambiance.

Completed in Spring 2020, this is one of the city’s newest unique rooftop amenity decks that will be enjoyed by current and future tenants and a feature selling point as Brookfield attracts new tenants to 175 W Jackson.


Brookfield Properties


Chicago, IL


30,000 SF


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture