The profile of Chicago's iconic 100-story John Hancock Center is known the world over. The design of the award-winning 1968-built skyscraper ensures there is a lot of usable floor space, making it popular with both large and small businesses. Its eliptical-shaped plaza has become one of the city's focal meeting points. The center provides excellent views of Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile. Not only are all the diverse businesses and services of the upscale Magnificent Mile area right on the doorstep, but the city's well-known central business district is also within easy reach. The center in North Michigan Avenue provides offices in a high-grade building with access to Chicago's 240,000 businesses and culturally diverse private-sector labor force of 4.5 million. The center puts business in a strong position to benefit from the city's leadership in business and financial services, manufacturing, information technology, health services, and transportation and distribution.