Construction Update
Construction Starts on Wolf Point’s Third Skyscraper

Skyscraper enthusiasts are often described as shut-ins. So with city and state health edicts keeping them even farther removed from society than usual, it took a while for word to reach the pack that construction is underway on Wolf Point South.

Salesforce Tower Chicago construction in April 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!)

YoChicago! knew that construction began in the first full week of this month, and sent in the photograph above showing the action.

The Salesforce Tower Chicago logo

The southern tower of the Wolf Point trio at the confluence of the Chicago River’s main north branches was going to be the crowning jewel of the complex.  And while the Pelli Clarke Pelli design still impresses, it is less impressive than expected, having been cut in height from 950 feet to a mere 815, and branded Salesforce Tower, after the San Francisco annoy-people-as-a-service company which plans to occupy a third of the $800 million building.

When Salesforce was onboarded, the project was right-sized from 1.8 million square feet to 1.5 million square feet.  Huge by San Francisco standards, but the Chicago equivalent of being the guy farthest left on the dais at the company’s annual sales force meeting.  By the time it’s your turn to speak, everyone is already drunk, half the people have left, and the busboys are noisily stacking chairs in the back of the room.  

Location: 333 West Wolf Point Plaza Drive, River North

Author: Editor

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