Tallest Suburban Skyscrapers of the Midwest


Criteria for inclusion in this list:

  • Minimum building height of 200 feet.
  • Must be located outside the city limits of the core city(ies) of the metro area – suburban towers within the main city’s limits are not included.
  • Must be located in Illinois (not including the St. Louis suburbs), Indiana (not including the Louisville suburbs), Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio (including Cincinnati suburbs in KY), South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The St. Louis suburbs of Illinois will be included with the South Central states, while the Louisville suburbs of Indiana will be included in the Southeast states.
  • Buildings will not be added until they are actually under construction or completed due to previously cancelled proposed projects.

Please feel free to forward/suggest any additions or corrections to the list.

Also provided after the main list are separate lists based on the decade of completion and by state and suburb.

RANK/SKYSCRAPER/SUBURB/HEIGHT/FLOORS/YEAR

  1. Oakbrook Terrace Tower: Oakbrook Terrace, IL = 418 ft (31) 1986
  2. 3000 Town Center: Southfield, MI = 402 ft (32) 1975
  3. Two Pierce Place: Itasca, IL = 395 ft (26) 1991
  4. 1000 Town Center: Southfield, MI = 395 ft (28) 1989
  5. 8500 Tower: Bloomington, MN = 381 ft (24) 1988
  6. 2000 Town: Center Southfield, MI = 371 ft (28) 1986
  7. Perry/Peace Memorial: Put-in-Bay, OH = 352 ft (–) 1915
  8. PNC Center: Troy, MI = 346 ft (25) 1975
  9. American Center: Southfield, MI = 331 ft (25) 1975
  10. 5000 Town Center: Southfield, MI = 328 ft (33) 1983
  11. Lake Park Tower: East Cleveland, OH = 327 ft (27) 1970
  12. RiverCenter I: Covington, KY * = 308 ft (19) 1990
  13. Wells Fargo Tower: Bloomington, MN = 300 ft (24) 1974
  14. Watterson Towers: Normal, IL = 299 ft (28) 1969 – Thank you, Ryan
  15. Tower Plaza: Ann Arbor, MI = 293 ft (26) 1969
  16. The Ascent: Covington, KY* = 293 ft (21) 2007
  17. RiverCenter II: Covington, KY* = 292 ft (17) 1998
  18. Blue Chip Casino: Michigan City, IN = 280 ft (23) 2009
  19. Chase Building: Evanston, IL = 277 ft (22) 1969
  20. Sherman Plaza: Evanston, IL = 276 ft (25) 2007
  21. 4000 Town Center: Southfield, MI = 270 ft (20) 1979
  22. Zurich Towers 1: Schaumburg, IL = 270 ft (20) 1988
  23. Zurich Towers 2: Schaumburg, IL = 270 ft (20) 1990
  24. Summit Chase Condos: Grandview Hts, OH = 268 ft (22) 1966
  25. Esplanade I: Downers Grove, IL = 266 ft (19) 1990
  26. Crystal Tower: East Cleveland, OH = 266 ft (24) 1968
  27. Optima Views: Evanston, IL = 265 ft (28) 2003
  28. Winton Place Apts: Lakewood, OH = 264 ft (28) 1963
  29. 601 Carlson Parkway: Minnetonka, MN = 263 ft (16) 1989
  30. 701 Carlson Parkway: Minnetonka, MN = 263 ft (16) 1989
  31. Woodfield Corp. Center: Schaumburg, IL = 263 ft (21) 1986
  32. Shore Club Apts: St. Clair Shores, MI = 260 ft (27) 1970s
  33. Travelers Tower I: Southfield, MI = 256 ft (18) 1971
  34. Vantage Oak Park: Oak Park, IL = 256 ft (21) 2016
  35. One Towne Square: Southfield, MI = 253 ft (21) 1992
  36. Cincinnati International Airport Control Tower: Hebron, KY = 252 ft (–) 1998
  37. Detroit Metro Airport Control Tower: Romulus, MI = 250 ft (–) 2002
  38. Chrysler Building: Auburn Hills, MI = 249 ft (15) 1996
  39. The Emerson South: Oak Park, IL = 244 ft (20) 2017
  40. One Wheaton Centre: Wheaton, IL = 244 ft (20) 1975
  41. Two Wheaton Centre: Wheaton, IL = 244 ft (20) 1975
  42. Fox Island Place: Aurora, IL = 243 ft (22) 1928
  43. Metropoint Tower: St. Louis Park, MN = 240 ft (20) 1975
  44. Optum Building 1: Eden Prairie, MN = 238 ft (15) 2015\
  45. SouthShore Tower 1: Newport, KY = 238 ft (21) 2008
  46. One Rotary Center: Evanston, IL = 237 ft (18) 1977
  47. Park Evanston: Evanston, IL = 236 ft (24) 1997
  48. Westin Hotel: Edina, MN = 236 ft (18) 2008
  49. 8400 Tower: Bloomington, MN = 235 ft (17) 1988
  50. Doubletree Hotel: Bloomington, MN = 234 ft (21) 1974
  51. Mills Park Tower: Oak Park, IL = 232 ft (19) 1975
  52. Westbury Apts: North Olmsted, OH = 232 ft (19) 1966
  53. The Sapphire Tower I: Southfield, MI = 230 ft (18) 1967
  54. The Sapphire Tower II: Southfield, MI = 230 ft (18) 1967
  55. Madison Place: Covington, KY* = 228 ft (18) 2001
  56. Radisson Hotel: Covington, KY* = 228 ft (18) 1972
  57. One Pierce Place: Itasca, IL = 223 ft (17) 1985
  58. Westin Hotel: Lombard, IL = 223 ft (18) 2007
  59. Grand Traverse Resort: Acme Township, MI = 220 ft (19) 1986
  60. Macomb County Building: Mount Clemens, MI = 219 ft (13) 1944
  61. Minnesota Center: Bloomington, MN = 214 ft (16) 1987
  62. Edward Hotel: Dearborn, MI = 213 ft (15) 1976
  63. Northland Plaza: Bloomington, MN = 213 ft (15) 1985
  64. Burton Memorial Tower: Ann Arbor, MI = 212 ft (10) 1936
  65. Fujitec Tower: Lebanon, OH = 210 ft (17) 1993
  66. One Lincoln Centre: Oakbrook Terrace, IL = 209 ft (17) 1986
  67. The Centennial Troy, MI = 207 ft (15) 1983
  68. Holmes Student Center: DeKalb, IL = 207 ft (17) 1962
  69. Spinning Wheel Apts: Hinsdale, IL = 207 ft (17) 1969
  70. University Towers: Ann Arbor, MI = 205 ft (19) 1960
  71. Golden Tower: Covington, KY* = 203 ft (16) 1972
  72. 8170 33rd Ave. South: Bloomington, MN = 202 ft (14) 1972
  73. Southfield Centre: Southfield, MI = 201 ft (14) 1976
  74. Southgate Tower: Southgate, MI = 200 ft (13) 1973

*Covington, KY and Newport, KY are suburbs of Cincinnati, OH

SOURCES:
https://www.emporis.com/
https://skyscraperpage.com/

Skyscrapers by Decade Completed

  • 2010s = 3
  • 2000s = 10
  • 1990s = 9
  • 1980s = 16
  • 1970s = 20
  • 1960s = 12
  • Pre-1960 = 4

Suburb Skyscrapers by State

  • Illinois = 24
  • Michigan = 23
  • Minnesota = 11
  • Northern Kentucky (Cincinnati area) = 8
  • Ohio = 7
  • Indiana = 1

Midwest Suburban Cities with the Most Skyscrapers

  • Southfield, MI = 11
  • Bloomington, MN = 7
  • Evanston, IL = 5
  • Ann Arbor, MI = 3
  • Oak Park, IL = 3
  • Schaumburg, IL = 3
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3 Responses to Tallest Suburban Skyscrapers of the Midwest

  1. Ryan says:

    What about Watterson Towers at ISU in Normal IL? 298.5 Ft tall and 28 stories.

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