About Kluczynski Federal Building
The Kluczynski Federal Building is a skyscraper in downtown Chicago located at 230 South Dearborn Street. Federal offices in the building include an Air Force recruitment office, the U.S. Department of State Passport office, an Internal Revenue Service office, and offices for both of Illinois' U.S. Senators, Durbin & Burris. Following his election as President on November 4, 2008, Barack Obama set up transitional offices in the building, prompting heightened security measures in the surrounding area. The 45-story structure was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1975. It is 545 feet (166 meters) tall and stands on the site previously occupied by the Chicago Federal Building of architect Henry Ives Cobb. It was named in honor of U.S. Congressman John C. Kluczynski who represented Illinois's 5th congressional district from 1951 to 1975. The Federal Center Plaza in front of the building is the site of "Flamingo", a 53-foot-tall (16 m), red steel sculpture by Alexander Calder.