Adler & Sullivan’s Chicago Stock Exchange Building is notorious in Chicago architectural preservation history for several reasons. It was a stunning landmark building that was demolished despite loud protests. It was also the building in which photographer and preservation champion Richard Nickel lost his life; he was killed in a partial collapse of the building during its demolition.
The Stock Exchange trading room (salvaged by Nickel and friends) is on permanent display at the Art Institute of Chicago. The building’s distinctive arched entrance stands outside the Art Institute at the corner of Columbus Drive and Monroe Street.