Wrapping up 2021’s year-end countdown is the 101-story St. Regis Chicago, anchored prominently at 375 E Wacker Drive along the Chicago River. Formerly known as Vista Tower and Wanda Vista Tower, this glassy Lakeshore East goliath has been planned by Magellan Development Group and will be managed under St. Regis Hotel and Resorts (subsidiary of Mariott). The height of the tower has been reported as several different figures, including 1,196 and 1,198 feet, though planning documents appear to indicate 1,191 feet as the most precise measurement from the Riverwalk to the architectural pinnacle.
With the residential portion having already opened, the scope of the mixed-use project includes 393 condominiums, a 192-key five-star hotel, and two restaurants on the second and 11th floors.
Despite the substantial completion of the residences, the hotel portion occupying the lower 11 floors is still ndergoing interior and exterior construction. Photos show some remaining facade work and extensive landscaping taking shape on the north side of the property, while interior features can be seen popping up underneath the facade’s gold and blue glazing.
Alongside the hotel, the two restaurants are also preparing for occupancy, with recent developments leading to uncertainty over who the tenant will be. This past November, Eater Chicago reported that the three star Michelin-rated Alinea restaurant cancelled its plans to partner with Megellan, leaving the role now open again. Despite the question mark now hanging over the dining component, the accompanying hotel plans are currently on-pace to open this coming June of 2022.
Studio Gang‘s design for the tower is closely tied to a crystalline motif, some aspects of which simultaneously enhance the efficiency and sustainability of the tower. As seen in initial sketches, the crystal-like vision has always been in play, beginning with its basic silhouette. The massing presents as a trio of stack-like volumes that step up in height toward The Loop. Each of these stacks is composed of an even number of frustum-shaped segments that expand and contract in width. The thinner floors of these frustum components are clad in incrementally darker windows, laid out to reduce the heat load caused by their higher concentration of solar impact.
Condominium listings scale from single bedrooms up to five-bed penthouses, spanning between 1,017 to 1,351 square feet for one-bedrooms, 1,336 to 2,601 square feet for two-bedrooms, 1,942 to 3,734 square feet for three-bedrooms, 4,565 to 5,212 square feet for four-bedrooms, and 5,890 to 6,986 square feet for the penthouses. Prices shown throughout various real estate sources range from the $900,000’s to just under $7 million.
Each unit’s interior was carefully designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, with finishing details intended to reflect the architectural imagery of the outside. There are a total of four finishing packages, each one’s palette oriented around a different type of crystal. Interiors also come with a swath of features, such as ceiling heights of at least 9’4”, floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized wood baseboards, gas fireplaces, full-size LG washers and dryers, and tiled balconies in select units.
Both kitchens and baths are outfitted with Snaidero Cabinetry, quartz and stone countertops, and fixtures such as Kallista and Kohler. Kitchens specifically offer appliances brands such as Gaggenau and Thermador.
Penthouse packages have received several additional upgrades, like 11-foot high ceilings in living areas, Cove ceiling lights, gas fireplaces, built-in wine coolers and coffeemakers, as well as heated floors and bubble air massage tubs in the master bath.
Within the common areas, amenities includes spaces such as a 47th floor indoor/outdoor amenity level. A portion of this level covers the roof of the shortest frustum stack, equipped with a pool, hot tub, and lounge seating overlooking the Lake. Other amenities include a fully equipped fitness center, a conference center, a theater, a children’s activity room, a sky lounge, a golf simulator and lounge, a private dining room and demonstration kitchen, and an indoor/outdoor kitchen.
Parking provides 295 parking spaces within the podium garage, while a selection public transit options is available within close proximity. Nearest bus access can be found for Route 60, located at the intersection of Harbor Drive & Randolph via a four-minute walk south. Also within walking distance are bus Routes 4, 6, 20, 134, 135, and 136. For rail, both the Metra and all CTA L lines are within a 15-minute walk southwest.
bKL Architecture is the architect of record, while McHugh Construction Co has served as general contractor for the $1 billion undertaking. Despite its near-certain absence on 2022’s countdown, it also appears highly likely that projects of similar ambition will fill the gap left behind.