Exelon Tube

Campus Center, IIT

Building Under the Tube - Campus Center, IIT

The McCormick Tribune Campus Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology is tucked under the elevated train tracks (the “L”) on Chicago’s South side. The stainless steel and concrete tube shields the student center from the vibration and noise of the passing commuter trains.

I was trying to keep up with the tour, offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, so I couldn’t wait for a train to come whooshing out of the tube. Next time.

In 1976, the American Institute of Architects recognized the IIT campus as one of the 200 most significant works of architecture in the US.

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  1. Such an interesting structure. Always learning about something new…

  2. Interesting subject and a very nice perspective with the differing colors in the tube and the sky.

  3. Yowzers! That is a neat perspective and interesting!

  4. That’s an interesting structure! I doubt if I would enjoy spending much time down under it though.

  5. That would be pretty cool to see, as long as it did not fall…:)

  6. Vastly interesting, Bo! I’ve never heard of this either! This blog of yours may change my mind about Chicago, but probably not about its traffic – LOL!

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