Wacker Drive In Line For A Second Set of Sibling Skyscrapers

Rendering of 301 South Wacker Drive

Rendering of 301 South Wacker Drive

If you like your skyscrapers two-by-two, then Murphy Development Group has got your covered. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that it’s working a deal to build a set of towers a little past the Willis Tower at 301 and 321 South Wacker Drive.

The building, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, would total 2.4 million square feet.  They would be the second pair of sibling skyscrapers after the CME Center at 20 and 30 South Wacker, built in 1987.

You may know this location as the privately-owned public park next to 311 South Wacker Drive — also designed by KPF — which tourists like to call “the wedding ring building” because that’s what their tour guides like to call it.  You may also remember this corner as one that has been the subject of several proposed skyscrapers over the last decade.  311, itself, was supposed to have a twin.  More recently, a skinny AS+GG hotel tower wedged in next to the Willis Tower.  Before that, an office tower a block south.

With that in mind, it’s important to note that the developer, John Murphy, tells Crain’s that he hasn’t yet closed on the deal for the land.  Because of that, and the history of this location, we’ll file this in our “maybe” file for now.


Location: 301 South 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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