Chicago Board of Trade Building

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The Chicago Board of Trade Building is a skyscraper. Built in 1930 and first designated a Chicago Landmark it is now listed as a National Historic Landmark and was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Originally built for the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), it is now the primary trading venue for the CME Group, formed in 2007 by the merger of the CBOT and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

The current structure is known for its art deco architecture, sculptures and large-scale stone carving, as well as large trading floors. A three-story art deco statue of Ceres, goddess of agriculture (particularly grain), caps the building. The building is a popular sightseeing attraction and location for shooting movies. In the 2005 film Batman Begins the building serves as the headquarters of the fictional Wayne Enterprises.

The 1885 building and trading pits were prominently featured in The Pit, the second novel by Frank Norris in the Epic of Wheat trilogy.

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