It’s official: Salesforce Tower Chicago is now the tallest in Hines‘ three-tower Wolf Point megadevelopment. The core of this 60-story mixed-use building now stands at roughly 740 feet, having surpassed the neighboring 679-foot-tall Wolf Point East in recent weeks. Addressed as 333 W Wolf Point Plaza, this rapidly ascending structure marks the larger development’s final stage, following the completion of the aforementioned Wolf Point East in 2020 and the third, 500-foot-tall Wolf Point West in 2016. The current construction’s final height will reach 835 feet above the river walk and 813 feet above street level, making a topping out likely for within the coming months.
At just over 1.4 million gross square feet, Salesforce Tower will primarily consist of Class A office space with 25,000-square-foot flexible floor plates with floor-to-ceiling windows. As far as amenities, the building will offer a fully-equipped gym, a conference center, and a lounge. One particularly notable feature is another top-floor gathering space that will serve as a Salesforce employee lounge by weekday. On weeknights and weekends, the space will be made available for educational and nonprofit events. Along with a spacious open lobby, the tower’s base will come with new retail space, park space, a central plaza along the bank, and the keystone piece to a new 1,000-foot stretch of Riverwalk.
Throughout the development, Hines had partnered with the Kennedy Family to develop the parcel, which formerly housed a below-street-level parking lot bordering the river banks. Within just the last 10 years, this segment has played a dramatic role in extending Downtown’s skyscraper canyon further northwest.
Pelli Clarke & Partners (formerly Pelli Clarke & Pelli Architects) is behind the design of the two taller towers, while bKL Architecture designed the darker-shaded Wolf Point West. Salesforce Tower and Wolf Point East are more similar in design, each with metal-inlaid glass curtain walls spanning their full heights. While Wolf Point East is textured by a series of with aluminum fins, Salesforce Tower offers a more streamlined glazing with less prominent mullions.
Both towers are also capped with various setbacks to create a tapering effect. Salesforce Tower’s base will continue with this setback motif by cantilevering over the plaza portion of the new Riverwalk section.
Parking will consist of 59 spaces situated in a below-grade garage. Given its central location, the tower also lies amongst a web of various public transit options. Closest bus service is available for Routes 37 and 125 via a three-minute walk northeast to Orleans & Merchandise. Also nearby are additional Routes 22, 24, 65, 134, 135, and 156. As far as rail service, all CTA, Metra, Amtrak service can be found within a 15-minute walking radius.
Beyond the included park space and Riverwalk, other points of interest are an opposing, longer stretch of Riverwalk that extends all the way to the lake, as well as a wide array of retail and dining options in all directions. Additional urban green space in close proximity consists of River Point Park, which faces the Wolf Point assemblage from the opposite side of the river.
The $800 million behemoth is not the only time the CRM giant has looked to Hines to build a new headquarters. The two also collaborated on the 1,070-foot-tall, 61-story Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, completed in 2018. With Walsh Construction as general contractor, work for this latest Chicago sibling is on track to complete in 2023.