Chicago YIMBY’s 2022 year-end countdown comes to a close with the city’s current tallest project Salesforce Tower in River North. Located at the confluence of the Chicago River on the famed Wolf Point just west of N Orleans Street, the tower ranked third in last year’s countdown after having started construction during the pandemic in August 2020. Developer Hines partnered with the longtime landowner Joseph P. Kennedy Family on the tower designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, the firm of the late Argentine-born architect Cesar Pelli.
Renovation permits have been issued for Medinah Temple in River North, where Bally’s has planned a temporary casino during the construction of its planned flagship location just west along the river. Originally designed by Huehl and Schmidt, the four-story structure at 600 N Wabash Avenue was built in 1912 in the Moorish Revival style.
The exterior walls have been placed for HUGO, a two-building mixed-use project by LG Development in River North. Located at 751 N Hudson Avenue and 411 W Chicago Avenue, the pair of nine-story structures will encompass a total of 230,000 square feet of floor space. This project will bring a total of 227 new apartments to the neighborhood, as well as 19,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The two buildings will be situated close to one another, separated by an existing two-story, masonry low rise.
Coming in at the 17th spot in this year’s countdown is the mixed-use development at 741 N Wells Street in River North. Located just south of the intersection with W Chicago Avenue, the project replaces a one-story commercial building that previously held a furniture store and was demolished to make way for the quickly growing Wells Street canyon. Developer Vista Property Group, who recently proposed 640 W Randolph Street in West Loop Gate, used the same team from Antunovich Associates on this design as well.
The podium structure is now filling out for 311 W Huron Street in River North, marking the 23rd tallest construction project in Chicago. Developer North Wells Capital is building a 16-story office and retail commercial tower, which will stand 226 feet upon its completion. In 2022, the developer secured an $88 million lease with Spins, which will occupy three of the building’s highest leasable floors.