Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”
Jul17

Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”

It’s not uncommon for a major construction project to change after it’s already started.  Look at Wolf Point West, which had its 43rd and 45th floor setbacks moved to the 45th and 46th floors, creating two more residences.  Or the Skinner West Elementary School addition which is gaining a floor, long after just three were approved by the city. In the case of Jeanne Gang’s spectacular 95-story Vista Tower going up at...

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Here We Grow!  Vista Tower Gets Full Construction Permit for All 95 Stories
May12

Here We Grow! Vista Tower Gets Full Construction Permit for All 95 Stories

The biggest thing to hit Chicago’s skyline since the Aon Center is about to become a reality. The City of Chicago has issued a full building permit for the Vista Tower in Lakeshore East (363 East Wacker Drive). Take a slurp of coffee and a deep breath and enjoy the OMG: CONSTRUCTION AND BUILD-OUT OF LEVEL 1 TO LEVEL 95 OF PROPOSED 95-STORY MIXED USE BUILDING Now just let that settle in… ahh. The tower will be the...

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After Many Long Days, Studio Gang’s Solstice About to Cast Shadows
Feb13

After Many Long Days, Studio Gang’s Solstice About to Cast Shadows

This past Friday, Mother Nature issued a permit allowing the daffodils in Lincoln Park to start reaching out of their burrows and raising their heads skyward.  Coincidentally, it was the same day that the City of Chicago issued a permit allowing Hyde Park’s newest skyscraper to grow to its final height. CONSTRUCT NEW 26 STORY, 250 DWELLING UNIT BUILDING. 316 PARKING SPACES IN A 5 STORY CLASS J GARAGE. REFERENCE...

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New Boathouse May Be the Beachhead Bridgeport Needs
Sep29

New Boathouse May Be the Beachhead Bridgeport Needs

When any neighborhood starts to turn around in Chicago, it needs a beachhead.  A physical symbol of the future of the neighborhood so large and so impressive that it signals a point of no return.  Think Aldi and Target in Uptown.  Or 1K Fulton in West Town.  Or Kingsbury Plaza in River North. In Bridgeport, that beachhead may well be the Studio Gang-designed boathouse now under construction at 2754 South Eleanor Street. It’s the...

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Studio Gang’s New University of Chicago Dorm Now Open
Sep19

Studio Gang’s New University of Chicago Dorm Now Open

Most colleges have already had their move-in days, but down at the University of Chicago, one building did move-ins over the weekend. It’s the North Residential Commons (don’t call it a “dorm”), designed by the gang at Studio Gang. The project also includes the Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons; assorted classrooms and offices; and 10,000 square feet if public retail space, creating a gateway to the storied...

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Chicago’s 93-Story Vista Tower Breaks Ground
Sep07

Chicago’s 93-Story Vista Tower Breaks Ground

With lucky red shovels in hand, friends, financiers, politicians, developers, and architects held a ceremonial groundbreaking today for the Vista Tower at 363 East Wacker Drive. Perched on the grassy bit behind The Tides, the gathered dignitaries and international press could see work already well underway in the dirt patches on either side of North Field Boulevard.  The 93-story building being developed by China’s Wanda Group...

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It’s Soil Sampling, Not Site Prep, But Still Progress on the Vista
Aug02

It’s Soil Sampling, Not Site Prep, But Still Progress on the Vista

The rumbling going on in Lakeshore East right now isn’t the echoes of work being done on skyscrapers across the river in Streeterville.  It’s soil sampling happing at the future site of the Wanda Vista Tower, 375 East Wacker Drive. Eagle-eyed Loop Spy Jon tucked a photograph of the work (above) into our tip line a few minutes ago, and below you can see pictures from our friends at Building Up Chicago. We’ve shown you...

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Whole Foods Hyde Park’s Opening Weekend
Jun27

Whole Foods Hyde Park’s Opening Weekend

The long-awaited Whole Foods Market opened at the City Hyde Park building at 5118 South Lake Park Avenue in Hyde Park late last week, and word on the street is that the place was jumping through the weekend.  City Hyde Park, you’ll recall, is Jeanne Gang’s new mixed-use opus that has been wildly received by the neighborhood. Instead of a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, there was a “bread-cutting” with a...

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Wanda Vista Tower Begins in 3… 2… 1… Now!
May11

Wanda Vista Tower Begins in 3… 2… 1… Now!

The most anticipated Chicago skyscraper in half a decade is about to go from paperwork and promises to concrete and steel.  Soil sampling trucks have begun work at 375 East Wacker drive, tasting the muddy loam where both legs of the supertower will be planted so it can straddle North Field Boulevard. Loop Spy Jon was the one who spanked our Tip Line with the good news.  You can see his photos above and below where the 95-story tower...

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Mayor Promises Billion-Dollar Wanda Vista Tower Coming Very Soon
May02

Mayor Promises Billion-Dollar Wanda Vista Tower Coming Very Soon

The most anticipated skyscraper in Chicago, since the ill-fated Fordham Spire failed to achieve orbit, is about to take off.  Or so promises Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In a statement today, Hizzonor told the world that the start of construction is just around the corner on the 95-story, 1,186-foot-tall supertower to be located at 375 East Wacker Drive in Lakeshore East.  The building’s designer is local starchitect Jeanne Gang, with...

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