Construction Update
Vista Tower Scrapes Sky In Lakeshore East, Windows Going In

If you’ve been wondering about Magellan Development’s Vista Tower lately — and we know you have — word on the street is that things are progressing nicely.

Construction at the Vista Tower (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

Construction at the Vista Tower (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

The Studio Gang-designed residential and hotel tower, which will absolutely positively not look anything at all like three adjacent stacks of Chinese take-out boxes, is already tall enough to look down on former Lakeshore East belle of the ball, Aqua.  Aqua was designed by the Gang gang, too.

But today, Vista is the new hotness.  As a guest of Austrian formwork company Doka Group, YoChicago!‘s Joe Zekas got a tour of the upper reaches of the construction progress.  Those are his photographs all over this page.

We have received e-mails from readers asking where the glass is, and the good news is that glass installation has begun (visual proof above), and is expected to progress up the sides of the building very quickly.

After all, nobody wants to work 90-stories up in an unglazed building during a Chicago winter.

Location: 363 East Wacker Drive, The Loop

Author: Editor

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