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Chicago’s NEMA is Way Better Than San Francisco’s NEMA

If you spent New Year’s Eve with your eyes pointed at the sky enjoying the neighborhood’s totally-illegal-but-the-cops-don’t-care fireworks display, you may have noticed a little something special in the South Loop.

NEMA Chicago under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

NEMA Chicago under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

That special thing is NEMA Chicago (1200 South Indiana Avenue), the skyscraper growing on the southern edge of Grant Park.  Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent in the photograph above showing the upper reaches of the building that is scheduled to bring 800 new homes to the neighborhood later this year.

People who know things say it looks like the Rafael Viñoly-designed building is as tall as it’s going to get, though there hasn’t been an official announcement from developer Crescent Heights.  As they say in the nort’woods, “That’s all the further she’s goes.”

NEMA Chicago is 76 stories, more than double the height of its sister building, NEMA San Francisco.  A NEMA Boston is coming, but the chances of it being as tall as Chicago’s NEMA are indistinguishable from the number zero.

Location: 1200 South Indiana Avenue, South Loop

Author: Editor

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