First Look Inside the (Wanda) Vista Tower

Still frame from the latest Wanda Tower promotional video

Still frame from the latest Wanda Tower promotional video

Last night Lakeshore East residents and pretty much anyone who filled out the inquiry form on the (don’t call it Wanda) Vista Tower’s web site was invited to a presentation about the ultra-lux skyscraper planned for 381 East Wacker Drive.

Wanda Vista Tower rendering courtesy of Studio Gang

Wanda Vista Tower rendering courtesy of Studio Gang

We’ve already seen lots of glossy pictures of the outside of the Magellan Development/Wanda Group 93-story supertower.  Last night was about the interiors, which were designed by Hirsh Bedner Associates, which is the largest hospitality design firm in the world.  Lots of dark wood floors, light marble kitchens, and subdued lighting.  If you’ve looked at a higher-end home decor magazine or stayed at a Ritz-Carlton lately, you know what to expect. HBA is huge in Asia, landing some of the best hotel and casino projects on the continent, so it’s not surprising to see the firm involved with this building, backed by the richest man in China.

Also new, a 90-second video of the tower was released on the building’s web site which features architect Jeanne Gang talking about the building’s exterior design and how its angles produce dramatic views either of the city or the sky.  Her narrative is accompanied by lots of quick takes of Lakeshore East and one of her pavilion in Lincoln Park.

Residents of L.S.E. were allowed to put down deposits on Wanda Tower units last night.  Everyone else has to wait until October 6th.  Three more Fridays until then, so save your pennies!

<strong>Location: 381 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

Share This Post On

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Human Verification: In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.