Construction is approaching the halfway mark for Salesforce Tower Chicago in River North. Rising 60 stories at 333 W Wolf Point Plaza, the new office building is being developed by Hines as the final act of a three-part masterplan known as Wolf Point.
Also known as Wolf Point South, the building will yield 1.2 million square feet of usable space. With retail and dining occupying the base, the programming above will be office floors with Salesforce as the anchor tenant. Not only will floor plates span 24,500 square feet and allow for flexible build-outs, tenants will also find various amenities throughout the building, including a club-caliber fitness center, a state-of-the-art conference center, and a tenant lounge. One other notable features involves an additional a top-floor “Ohana” (“Family”) level, similar to the one in San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower. Salesforce employees will have access to this lounge area during the day, while at night and on weekends the space will accommodate non-profit and educational events. As far as the surrounding landscape, the current construction will provide a new park area, a small plaza, a terraced seating area, and the final section of Wolf Point’s 1,000 feet of added Riverwalk.
Pelli Clark Pelli Architects is behind the design of Salesforce Tower, the neighboring 679-foot-tall Wolf Point East, and the overall masterplan. bKL Architecture is responsible for the third tower, Wolf Point West, which stands 500 feet tall and was the first phase to be completed. Both Salesforce Tower and Wolf Point East share a similar aesthetic, which involves various vertical and horizontal setbacks and facades made up of glass and white metal accents.
Salesforce Tower Chicago. Photo by Jack Crawford
While there will be parking provided in an underground garage, tenants and visitors will also find various transportation options within the area. Those looking to board bus Routes 37 and 125 will find northbound service via a three-minute walk northeast to Orleans & Merchandise. Southbound service for these routes is slightly further, via a five-minute walk northeast to Wells & Merchandise Mart. Additional buses include Routes 22, 24, 65, 134, 135, 136, and 156.
Closest CTA L availability is a six-minute walk northeast to the Brown and Purple Lines at Merchandise Mart station. All other L lines are available within a 15-minute walk. Lastly, Metra trains are accessible at Ogilvie Transportation Center, an 11-minute walk southwest.
With Walsh Construction as the general contractor, this final $800 million piece of the Wolf Point assemblage is expected to open in 2023.