The final steel pieces are being added to Salesforce Tower Chicago, rising 60 stories at 333 W Wolf Point Plaza in River North. This 850-foot-tall skyscraper is the final, and tallest, staple in Hines‘ three-part masterplan known as Wolf Point. With more than a third of its floor area anchored by the tech giant Salesforce, the 1.4 million-square-foot edifice will house primarily offices, below which will be retail and dining within its base.
Located at the confluence of the Chicago River, the saga of the Wolf Point parcel spans three centuries, having been the site of Chicago’s first tavern, built by James Kinzie in 1828. The four-acre lot would go on to be occupied by two additional taverns, as well as Chicago’s first hotel, first ferry depot, first drug store, first, church, first theater, and first bridges spanning the Chicago River.
Since the 1940’s the site has been owned by the Joseph P. Kennedy Family, who in 2007 decided to construct three towers. Having served as a parking lot up until this point, the Kennedy Family and Hines officially kicked off construction of the first tower, known as Wolf Point West, in 2014. This 500-foot-tall, 46-story apartment tower was completed in 2016. A second apartment tower, known as Wolf Point East, would later be completed in 2020 at a height of 58 stories and 679 feet.
In terms of design, Wolf Point West was conceived by the Chicago-based firm BKL Architecture, while the overall masterplan and remaining two towers have been envisioned by Pelli Clarke & Partners. Both of the Pelli-designed towers share similar qualities such as their tapered boxy massings and corrugated metal crowns. While Wolf Point East makes use of prominent white metal fins along its outer glazing, Salesforce tower leverages a more streamlined curtain wall. Beyond the buildings themselves, the Wolf Point scheme also includes plans for a small urban park, a riverside plaza, and an uninterrupted 1,000-foot stretch of Riverwalk.
Tenants working in Salesforce Tower will find 25,000-square-foot floor plates, flexible build-outs, floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping Downtown views, and a host of amenities. This amenity package includes a state-of-the-art gym, a conference center, and a tenant lounge. Similar to its San Francisco cousin, the building will also feature an “Ohana” lounge for Salesforce employees to use during the day. This space will be able to convert to an event venue for educational and nonprofit purposes during off hours.
Despite its size, the current construction will yield just 59 parking spaces within its underground garage. However, tenants and visitors will have access to various nearby transit options, such as bus stops for Routes 37 and 125 at Orleans & Merchandise via a three-minute walk northeast. While all CTA L trains are accessible within a 15-minute walk, closest service can be found for the Brown and Purple Lines via Merchandise Mart station via a six-minute walk northeast. Metra trains are also close by, with Ogilvie station a 12-minute walk southwest.
Walsh Construction is serving as the general contractor, with reported costs at $800 million. A full completion is expected for next year, marking the end to Wolf Point’s 16-year development.