If you were disappointed that the plan for 110 North Wacker Drive lost its nice setbacks a few months ago, there’s a consolation prize. Developers Howard Hughes, and Riverside Investment and Development have asked the city if they can add two more floors to the skyscraper.
What was originally going to be a 51-story tower, then a 53-story tower, has now become a 55-story tower. That is, if the city gives its blessing. Which it will.
110 North Wacker is a Goettsch Partners design that will become another glassy box reflecting the Chicago River from the edge of The Loop. It was originally going to have several setbacks, giving it some more visual appeal, but the devs needed more space and flattened the thing out.
Now they’re back for another 50,000 square feet, which they want to put on top of the building in the form of two more office floors. The new design will make the building 820 feet tall.
Skyscrapers are like like beauty pageants: If you can’t be the prettiest, at least be tall.