Construction Update
BMO Tower Tops Off, Signs Up

The 51-story office tower going up across the street from Chicago Union Station has stopped going up, and is now only filling out. The BMO Tower at 320 South Canal Street topped off last week. When complete, it is expected to reach 727 feet into the West Loop sky.

2019 rendering of BMO Tower, formerly Union Station Tower. (Courtesy of Goettsch Partners.)
2019 rendering of BMO Tower, formerly Union Station Tower. (Courtesy of Goettsch Partners.)

The building will add 1,500,000 square feet of office space to downtown Chicago in a Goettsch Partners design for Convexity and Riverside Investment and Development.

According to the Chicago Tribune, BMO plans to take advantage of the recent loosening of Chicago’s skyscraper signage rules to add two signs to the top of this building. Until this month, only one sign was legally permitted.

The two signs will punctuate the south and west sides of the tower, allowing commuters on both the Dan Ryan and the Eisenhower Expressways to gaze upon the Bank of Montreal logo and fondly remember years past, when Chicago had its own banks of international stature, instead of flying the flag of the number four bank of another country.

BMO Tower under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!)
BMO Tower under construction in February, 2021. (Courtesy of YoChicago!)

Location: 320 South Canal Street, West 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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