John Hancock Center Drops Cladding, Frightens Local Tourist

By Gary Parker, The Chicago Times

January 7, 2022

CHICAGO – The well-known John Hancock Center, located at 875 North Michigan Avenue, dropped a large piece of aluminum cladding onto the sidewalk this afternoon.

According to witnesses, the aluminum cladding plummeted to the ground around 2:50 p.m. and landed on a planter on the southside of the skyscraper near Chestnut Street.

A tourist from Cincinnati standing at the Water Tower Place Parking Facility said “I couldn’t believe it . . . they warn about ice sheets falling, but you never think parts could fall on your head.  It was like space debris.  Just glad it only hit a planter.”

The nearly 1,500 ft John Hancock Center was designed by Fazlur Rahman Khan of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and was completed in 1969.   The structure is currently owned and managed by The Hearn Company.