Construction Update
110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River

Birds, monkeys, and lumberjacks know the best way to see the forest is from the trees.  That’s why people have been flocking to Chicago’s observation decks for at least 70 years to look down, out, and around at the city’s architecture.

Other people who get to see the city from up on high include white collar business executives, construction workers, and web site owners like Joe Zekas from YoChicago!.  He took the photograph below from Wolf Point East.  It shows construction progress at 110 North Wacker along the South Branch of the Chicago River.

110 North Wacker under construction (June 2019, courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)
110 North Wacker under construction (June 2019, courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!)

110 North Wacker The Skyscraper replaced 110 North Wacker The Low-Rise Mid-Century Office Slab in the wee months of 2018.  Since then, the wedge-shaped Howard Hughes and Riverside Investment and Development project has been steadily climbing into the city’s skyline wedged between the river and the road, giving boat-borne tourists a good lesson on skyscraper construction.

Revised rendering of 110 North Wacker (via Riverside Investments and Development)
Revised rendering of 110 North Wacker (via Riverside Investments and Development)

When complete, the 53-story building will have a little over 1.5 million square feet of office space. 

For the owners, the Goettsch Partners design provides scads of column-free goodness, with oodles of corner offices prime for premium pricing.

For the rest of us, there’s a 45-foot-wide extension of the Riverwalk that will run underneath the building western flank.

Rendering of 110 North Wacker
Rendering of 110 North Wacker

Location: 110 North Wacker Drive, The Loop

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4 Comments

  1. Check you spelling on “collar”

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    • Editor

      Thanks for that. Stuff like that happens every time I write something on the iPad. I’d turn off auto-correct, but then I don’t know which is worse: my spelling, or the iPad’s vengeful auto-correct feature.

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  2. How high above the water is the “dock”? Is it going to be usable by a typical recreational boat where the deck is about four feet above the water?

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    • Editor

      It’s much higher than that. It’s probably closer to 20 feet, as it is at the level of Upper North Wacker Drive, and Waker Drive is a double-decker road at this point.

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