Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower, 30th-Floor Event Space
This special reception held on the first evening of the Conference will give VIPs and honored guests the opportunity to mingle in the fantastic setting of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower. Kindly sponsored by Lotte Property & Development, the reception will take place on the 30th-floor, offering expansive views toward Millennium Park to the south, and the Lakeshore East development to the north.
The tower is notable for having been constructed in two phases, nearly a decade apart. The first phase was completed in 1997 to a height of 125 meters (33 stories), with the intention that the second phase would be constructed as the needs of the sole tenant, Blue Cross Blue Shield, grew over time. This plan was put into motion in 2006, when construction began on the second phase, which would bring the height of the building to 227 meters (54 stories) following its completion in 2010. As a result of its long-term design planning, there is no visible distinction between the old and new portions of the building, providing a seamless, integrated expression that now achieves its full height and appropriately fits into the Chicago skyline. The event space for this reception is located near what was the rooftop of the first phase.