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.
Articles by Jack Crawford
Parking lot demolition and excavation has begun for a new nine-story commercial addition at 732 W Randolph Street, located just west of the Kennedy Expressway in Fulton Market District. Acosta Ezgur is the developer behind the planned structure, which would integrate with a pair of mid-rise buildings adjacently east. The shorter of the two at 730 W Randolph Street is a six-story historic landmark that houses both office and retail. Just east is the 12-story 720 W Randolph Street, which contains condominiums and flexible commercial space. Combined, the planned addition and the two existing structures have been dubbed “Randolph Office Center.”
At the confluence of the Chicago River, a 60-story office tower nears its full height. Salesforce Tower, the third tallest construction project in Chicago YIMBY’s year-end countdown, will eventually stand 835 feet above the river bank once it completes in 2023. Located at 333 W Wolf Point Plaza, the skyscraper will serve as the third and final addition to the Wolf Point masterplan in River North. This larger scheme is the site of a long-undeveloped parking lot that is owned by the Joseph P. Kennedy Family. Together with developer Hines, the two parties have planned three edifices on this parcel, just in front of the former Chicago Sun Times building.
Near the southwest corner of West Loop, face brick installation has begun for a new eight-story condominium building known as CA6, located at 311 S Racine Avenue. Belgravia Group and JRG Capital Partners have planned the residential development, with 72 for-sale units spanning between three- and four- bedroom floor plans across four total layouts. Of these layouts, one will be a single-level three-bedroom. The remaining four-bedroom layouts comprise of a single-level end unit and two dual-level penthouses.
Jumping straight from the 500-foot-tall range and into the 700-foot-tall range is our construction countdown’s fifth-tallest entry, the 50-story 320 S Canal Street (BMO Tower) in West Loop Gate. Having topped out this past spring, this glass colossus has been co-developed by Riverside Investment & Development and Convexity Properties, rising 727 feet to its highest architectural point.