The 24-story Lawson YMCA on Chicago Ave is 262 feet high at the roof line, according to the Emporis database. The three exterior fire escapes on the north side of the building are the tallest I can recall seeing in Chicago. Are there any taller ones in Chicago, or were there at one time?
Near North Side news
Near North Side (Area 8) is one of the 77 communities into which the city is officially divided.
It spans the area bounded by the Chicago River north to North Ave (1600 N), and Lake Michigan west to the Chicago River. The Near North Side includes numerous sub-neighborhoods, each of which probably better describes the area in question: Gold Coast, Old Town, River North, Sandburg Village, Streeterville, etc.
ZIP codes: 60610, 60611, 60654.