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The View From Grant Park Keeps A-Changin’

If you’ve gone to a festival, played softball, or just walked around Grant Park in the last decade or so, you’ve been a first-hand witness to the changing of Chicago’s skyline.

340 On The Park, The Legacy, Heritage At Millennium Park, Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and the 300 East Randolph vertical expansion all added drama to the park border.

Chicago skyline (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)
Chicago skyline (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

Now Joe Zekas of YoChicago! brings us a view of two new additions. On the left in the photograph above, you can see the 57-story Essex on the Park. That should end up in the background of quite of few tourist photos this summer.

The Essex Tower (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)
Essex on the Park (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

And in the back of skyline picture is the Vista Tower, still persistently climbing into the Chicago skyline. Its three steps and partially finished glass make it look like a tiny city going up in the middle of Lake Shore East.

The Vista Tower (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)
The Vista Tower (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

And that’s just what’s visible by looking north from NEMA Chicago. On the south end, we’ve seen The Columbian, One Museum Park East, The Grant, The Paragon, and NEMA, itself, all add to the ranks of towers ringing Chicago’s front lawn.

If you haven’t been to Grant Park in a while, this is a good year to make the trip.

Author: Editor

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