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.
Coming in at third place on this year’s countdown is the first official skyscraper on the list at 900 W Randolph Street in the West Loop. Though it is officially located off of N Peoria Street, the structure replaced a one-story building and its adjacent surface parking lot in the quickly growing area, towering above the busy dining strip. Developer Related Midwest, is also planning The 78 mega-development in the nearby South Loop. New York-based Morris Adjmi Architects is responsible for the development’s industrial-style design.
Coming in at the fifth place in this year’s countdown is the residential development at 354 N Union Avenue in the Fulton River District. Contrary to its address the main entrance is reached off of N Halsted Street just south of the overpass with W Kinzie Street, having replaced an empty lot adjacent to the K2 residential tower easily seen from the highway nearby. Canadian developer Onni Group is leading the project with local architecture firm Pappageorge Haymes having worked on its design.
Quickly rising into the 8th place of this year’s countdown is the mixed-use tower at 160 N Morgan Street in the West Loop. Located just north of famed W Randolph Street in the growing neighborhood, the project recently had its first pieces of facade installed as it grows next to neighborhood stalwart Federales who just announced a Logan Square outpost. Developer Sterling Bay partnered with the Colorado-based equity firm Ascentris, both of which are also working on the 11th place of the countdown 225 N Elizabeth nearby, with bKL Architecture leading the design.
Facade work continues on this year’s 10th tallest development at 1400 S Wabash Avenue in the South Loop. The mixed-use building has topped out and its facade continues to rise at the intersection with E 14th Street. The rear of the structure abuts up to the CTA Green Line tracks, continuing to create an urban canyon for the train tracks. Chicago-based CMK Companies, who also developed the nearby Imprint tower, is leading the project and Pappageorge Haymes is responsible for the design.