The Boyce Building

500 N Dearborn, Chicago, IL

Boyce Building at 500 N Dearborn
  • 168,000 SF
  • 12 Stories + Penthouse
  • 12,000 SF Typical Floorplate
  • Built 1911 – 1923
  • Office, Retail/ Restaurant

About the Building

The Boyce Building was commissioned by William D. Boyce as the headquarters for his publishing company, the W. D. Boyce Publishing Company. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries the company was one of North America’s leading magazine publishers, featuring “The Saturday Blade”, “The Chicago Ledger”, and “The Farming Business”—rural and small-town periodicals read weekly by millions.

The building was designed by D.H. Burnham & Co. and Christian Eckstrom and constructed in stages between 1911 and 1923. At its completion, it was the tallest office building north of the Chicago River and west of Michigan Avenue. The publishing company occupied the first four floors; the eight remaining floors housed office tenants. Boyce used the building's penthouse as his Chicago home—his “sky bungalow”.

Boyce was also one of the founders of The Boy Scouts of America and a companion organization, The Lone Scouts of America. From 1915 to 1924 when they merged with the Boy Scouts, The Lone Scouts made The Boyce Building their North American Headquarters, their “Lone House”.

On February 16, 1996, the Boyce Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today it is home to numerous office tenants, RPM Italian and The Underground.

Features and Amenities

  • Located in River North
  • Owner managed
  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Secure building with Sentex security system and 24-hour surveillance
  • Excellent access to public transportation
  • Ample public parking nearby
  • Art deco lobby reflective of the design period
  • Three passenger elevators and one dedicated freight elevator
  • In-building courier drop-boxes
  • Surrounded by award-winning restaurants and high-end retail
  • Equally accessible to the Loop, Merchandise Mart and Michigan Avenue
  • Home to RPM Italian and the Underground
  • Boyce Building exterior
  • Boyce Building at 500 North Dearborn
  • Boyce Building entrance
  • Boyce Building entrance
  • Exterior of The Boyce Building

Available Spaces

Suite Type Size Contig Min Div Asking Avail Details Save Space
200 Office 12,000 RSF -- -- Negotiable More Info
300 Office 4,950 RSF 9,503 -- Negotiable Now More Info
301 Office 487 RSF -- -- Negotiable Now More Info
305 Office 4,553 RSF 9,503 -- Negotiable Now More Info
400 Office 12,000 RSF -- -- Negotiable Now More Info
500 Office 4,767 RSF 7,060 -- Negotiable Now More Info
510 Office 1,533 RSF 7,060 -- Negotiable Now More Info
518 Office 760 RSF 7,060 -- Negotiable Now More Info
530 Office 1,308 RSF 3,822 -- Negotiable Now More Info
550 Office 2,514 RSF 3,822 -- Negotiable Now More Info
600 Office 12,000 RSF -- -- Negotiable Now More Info
712 Office 4,773 RSF -- -- Negotiable Now More Info
1012 Office 1,354 RSF -- -- Negotiable Now More Info
1016 Office 922 RSF -- -- Negotiable Now More Info
1028 Office 1,796 RSF -- -- Negotiable Now More Info
1100 Office 2,905 RSF -- -- Negotiable Now More Info
1125 Office 2,190 RSF 8,839 -- Negotiable Now More Info
1150 Office 6,649 RSF 8,839 -- Negotiable Now More Info
1200 Office 16,102 RSF -- -- Negotiable More Info
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Leasing Info

Brian Chernett

Director of Leasing
Phone Number: 
312-670-9539

Carolyn W. Kessler

Assistant Director of Leasing
Phone Number: 
312-670-9516