Construction Update
Seventy-Six-Story South Loop Skyscraper Officially Finished

While you’re shining up your comically oversized turkey fork for Thanksgiving, keep it handy for your next trip to the South Loop. There, you can stick it in NEMA Chicago, because that building is done. 

NEMA Chicago (Photograph by John Boehm, courtesy of Crescent Heights)
NEMA Chicago (Photograph by John Boehm, courtesy of Crescent Heights)

Miami developer Crescent Heights announced recently that the skyscraper designed by Rafael Viñoly at 1200 South Indiana Avenue is officially complete, including its “Skyline Collection.”  

A number of Chicago skyscrapers, like One Bennett Park, Aqua, and the former John Hancock Center, have “upper” and “lower” tiers of residences.  The lower tier is awesome.  The upper tier is all that and a bag of chips.

NEMA Chicago (Photograph by John Boehm, courtesy of Crescent Heights)
NEMA Chicago (Photograph by John Boehm, courtesy of Crescent Heights)

In NEMA’s case, the upper tier residences run from the 49th through the 76th floors.  There, if you have the cash or the right friends, you will find two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments ranging from $4,889 to $14,900 per month.

Breathing the air up there also gets you a private lobby, higher ceilings, a private amenity floor, and a balcony.  NEMA states these balconies are “20-square-foot private outdoor terraces perfect for dining and entertaining above it all.”  We’re going to assume that should be “200-square-foot” balconies, otherwise the only entertaining going on out there will be awkward middle school slow dancing.

Standout features include “locally sourced cabinetry,” which is nice because so many “luxury” buildings in Chicago seem to source their cabinetry from IKEA these days.  Also, the upper tier gets its own bank of zippy elevators, which is even nicer.  If you live in the upper tier at Hancock, you have to transfer elevators twice to get home.

Location: 1200 South Indiana Avenue, South Loop

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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