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Some of the most important and best-known buildings in the Loop are frequented by hundreds or even thousands of people each day.
The Sears Tower held the title of "World's Tallest Building" for many years; even today, there is some debate over this title. The Sears Tower still holds the title for height of the highest occupied floor and height to the top of the roof. The building is 110 stories tall and rises 1,454 feet above the ground.
Chicago's present City Hall was dedicated in 1911; before this, the City Hall had moved location more than once due to the Chicago Fire. The main entrance of City Hall is on LaSalle Street and is guarded by four relief panels sculpted in granite, depicting four features of municipal government: city playgrounds, public schools, the park system and the water supply system.
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The Daley Center (formerly called the Chicago Civic Center) was built in 1965. It was the first public building in Chicago to be built in the modern style, and was constructed in steel and glass. The Daley Center is the site of the famous Picasso sculpture, unveiled in 1967. Also in the Loop are the Thompson Center and other federal buildings.
On LaSalle Street, widely regarded as the financial center of the United States, resides the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, as well as the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX). The Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) was established in 1882, with Charles Henrotin as chairman and president. Trading hours are from 10 am to 4 pm (EST) daily, and the floor is a whirlwind of activity. Other banks on LaSalle include Northern Trust, Harris Bank, Chase and LaSalle Bank.
Major corporations are headquartered in the Loop, such as IBM, Boeing, Wrigley and The Tribune Company; several other companies have large offices in the Loop as well.