Another Glass and Steel Behemoth Wants to Shoulder in Along the Chicago River

Even though work is wrapping up at River Point and 150 North Riverside, the Chicago River is still the place to be when it comes to high-end office towers.

In a long overdue move, the low-slung General Growth Properties building at 110 North Wacker Drive could soon make way for an 800-foot-tall skyscraper.

Rendering of 110 North Wacker (via BVictor1 at Skyscraperpage)

Rendering of 110 North Wacker (via BVictor1 at Skyscraperpage)

The GGP building is something of a throwback to the days when Midcentury modernism went astray and we ended up with giant Tuff Sheds hunched along the banks of the Chicago River. The last one to give up the ghost was the Sun-Times building, which yielded to the Trump International Hotel and Tower. While the Sun-Times building did have some value as a relic of its era, there was little outcry from the public eager for something tall and shiny.

That appears to be the case here, as well. An outmoded office building out of place and time is going to be replaced by a glittering tower of glass and steel.

SkyscraperPage user BVictor1 got the goods during a neighborhood meeting last night. According to him, the building will be 52-stories, with 1.35 million square feet of space.  For the public, there’s the promise of a 45-foot-wide riverwalk.

Eight hundred feet may seem like a lot of height for just 52 stories, but it’s not unprecedented. Not too far away, One Bennett Park is climbing to 825 feet with just 67 stories.  And that’s a residential building, where the ceiling heights are shorter than in an office building like 110 North Wacker.

Location: 110 North Wacker Drive, The Loop

Author: Editor

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