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It was a center of innovation and commerce for 32 years. And then it went dark, unused for another 32 years. The SC Johnson Research Tower recently opened to the public for the first time ever following a major restoration. We revisit Eddie Arruza’s story.

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Chicago is filled with architectural gems. We sit down with Chicago Tribune’s architectural critic Blair Kamin to discuss some of the famed structures in the city and surrounding areas.

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It was a center of innovation and commerce for 32 years. And then it went dark, unused for another 32 years. Starting Friday, the Tower will be opened to the public for the first time ever following a major restoration. Eddie Arruza tells us it may be worth your while to make a special trip just north of the border.