Construction Update
Vista Tower Topping Off Approaches

It’s getting harder and harder to avoid seeing the Vista Tower looming over Chicago’s river and lakefront.  The Studio Gang design is turning the heads of tourists, and even jaded locals who only look up and gawk when they want to be involuntarily relieved of their wallets.

Vista Tower under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)
Vista Tower under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

In the photo above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, we can see the tallest of the building’s three vertical sections bowing out and receding again, as it does repeatedly for its entire height.

So how much more anticipation will we have to endure? Word around Lower East Wacker Drive is that the skyscraper is going to top off… soon.  Let’s just say that in a calendar race between Vista topping off and the White Sox home opener, the Sox win.  But not by much.

When complete next year, the Vista Tower is expected to reach 1,191 feet into the air, making it the third-tallest building in Chicago. Inside it will have 210 hotel rooms, and 406 apartments.

Location: 363 East Wacker Drive, The Loop

Author: Editor

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