Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off

Just two years ago, the prime block of downtown Chicago at the corner of State and Chicago was a surface parking lot, a row of time-worn brick buildings, and a really quite good pizza parlor. Old school slices still radiate through the neighborhood from Bella Luna, but the brick buildings are gone, and more importantly, the surface parking lot is gone.

One Chicago construction in July, 2021.  (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.)
One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.)

In their place is One Chicago, which topped off (topped out, whatever) yesterday with the ceremonial raising of an American flag by the hardhats over at Power Construction.

Gold Coast Spy Mike happened to be in the area, and dunked these pictures of the building formerly known as One Chicago Square, and Holy Name Tower into our tip line. All 971 feet of it.

One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.)
One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.)

When finished, the JDL Development development will bring a little over 800 new homes to the neighborhood. It’s also expected to bring in a big gym, and a Whole Foods. There will be no half foods in this building.

One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.)
One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.)

Location: 1 West Chicago Avenue, Gold Coast

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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