Waving a Magic Wanda

Wanda Tower under construction

Are you the sort of person who enjoys rejection? Need to feel like everybody hates you?  Well, have I got a way to feed your beast.  Start asking Chicago’s leading architects and developers about the Wanda Tower.  You’ll get the door slammed in your face faster than a ketchup salesman in Wrigley Field.

Drawing of the Wanda Tower at Lakeshore East

Drawing of the Wanda Tower at Lakeshore East, courtesy of the Wanda Group

Ever since the richest man in China put out a press release stating that he was going to build an 11-hundred-foot-tall hotel and condo building at Lakeshore East, we’ve received an incredible number of e-mails from our readers craving more information.

Our research indicates that one of the following is true: Nobody knows anything and they’re mad about being left out of the loop, or everybody knows something and are double-pinky-sworn to secrecy about it.

To date, we have only been able to confirm two things beyond the Wanda Group’s press release: The general contractor is McHugh Construction, and the architect is Jeanne Gang.

But that isn’t keeping curious neighbors from wondering what’s going on in the dogpatch along the few hundred feet of street known as North Field Boulevard.

Loop Spy Scott smacked the tip line to send in the photo below of heavy equipment hefting heavy heaps of heath from the ick that passes for dirt at Lakeshore East.  We’ve received e-mails from other people, including Loop Spy Brian, telling us that the work is getting quite extensive.  It’s a good sign that one thing will eventually lead to another and we’ll see a tower of some kind rise at this location.  Before a building can scrape the sky, it has to plant deep roots.  Step one is knowing what’s underground.

Wanda Tower under construction


Location: 375 East Wacker Drive, The Loop


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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