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River Point From the Top Down [u]

River Point under construction (Courtesy of Paul Kulon)

River Point under construction (Courtesy of Paul Kulon)

Chicago’s most photographed skyscrapers are usually the Willis Tower, the Hancock Center, and the Wrigley Building.  These days it’s the construction trifecta racing to the sky along the Chicago River — River Point, 150 North Riverside, and Wolf Point West.

Rendering of River Point (Courtesy of Hines)

Rendering of River Point (Courtesy of Hines)

Paul Kulon sent in this picture showing all of River Point in its under-construction glory.  He took the photo from the slightly-less under construction Wolf Point West on the other side of the Chicago River. River Point was designed by Pickard Chilton Architects for Hines and Ivanhoé Cambridge.

River Point and 150 North Riverside are clearly the two taller buildings, at 52 stories and 53 stories respectively.  Their exact heights have been something of a moving target, however.

The most recent documents filed with the city show River Point with a height of 734 feet to its tippy top (certainly a technical term).  But 150 North Riverside’s papers show a “minimum” building height of 747 feet.  So 150 will be the taller of the three, but by how much remains to be seen.

At one time River Point was expected to be the taller of the two because of its fivehead. This was a very prominent, distinguishing feature of the building but has grown more and more subtle as the design has been refined.  In the video below you can see how it used to be more distinguished than it is in the most recent rendering, to the right.

If there is one sadness to note, it’s the little stubby toe of the building in the lower right portion of the photograph. In early versions of this building that would have connected to a second skyscraper sporting a hotel.

Location: 444 West Lake Street, Fulton River District

Editor’s Note: This article has been revised to clarify the potential building height difference between 150 North Riverside and River Point.

Author: Editor

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

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