Vista Tower Comes Into View
Aug23

Vista Tower Comes Into View

The Vista Tower (363 East Wacker Drive) — one of Chicago’s near-future showcase pieces — is rising quickly along the main branch of the Chicago River.  So quickly that it’s already visible to passing tour boats. These pictures from Joe Zekas at YoChicago! show not only the Studio Gang-designed building going up, but also the column-free area in the center, where East Upper Wacker Drive will finally be connected to North...

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A Touch of Wanda
Nov28

A Touch of Wanda

Whoever asked for a 93-something story skyscraper for Christmas, Santa’s little helpers are busy right now stuffing your stocking over in Lakeshore East. That’s where Loop Spy Jon took the photo above, showing busy bees putting in a foundation for the Vista Tower.  When completed, the tower will rise more than 1,100 feet into the sky, just a couple of blocks from the Lake Michigan shoreline, and just across Wacker Drive...

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Chicago’s 93-Story Vista Tower Breaks Ground
Sep07

Chicago’s 93-Story Vista Tower Breaks Ground

With lucky red shovels in hand, friends, financiers, politicians, developers, and architects held a ceremonial groundbreaking today for the Vista Tower at 363 East Wacker Drive. Perched on the grassy bit behind The Tides, the gathered dignitaries and international press could see work already well underway in the dirt patches on either side of North Field Boulevard.  The 93-story building being developed by China’s Wanda Group...

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City Issues First Construction Permit for 93-Story Wanda Vista Tower
Aug04

City Issues First Construction Permit for 93-Story Wanda Vista Tower

Just days after the latest round of soil sampling crews showed up at 375 East Wacker Drive, the city of Chicago has issued the first construction permit for the billion-dollar Wanda Vista Tower. Permit number 2727451 was issued on August 3rd and gives Magellan Development permission to start work on the massive road-straddling skyscraper’s foundation.  Specifically, it’s caissons.  Here’s a baby firehose: Address:...

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Wanda Vista Tower Begins in 3… 2… 1… Now!
May11

Wanda Vista Tower Begins in 3… 2… 1… Now!

The most anticipated Chicago skyscraper in half a decade is about to go from paperwork and promises to concrete and steel.  Soil sampling trucks have begun work at 375 East Wacker drive, tasting the muddy loam where both legs of the supertower will be planted so it can straddle North Field Boulevard. Loop Spy Jon was the one who spanked our Tip Line with the good news.  You can see his photos above and below where the 95-story tower...

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Mayor Promises Billion-Dollar Wanda Vista Tower Coming Very Soon
May02

Mayor Promises Billion-Dollar Wanda Vista Tower Coming Very Soon

The most anticipated skyscraper in Chicago, since the ill-fated Fordham Spire failed to achieve orbit, is about to take off.  Or so promises Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In a statement today, Hizzonor told the world that the start of construction is just around the corner on the 95-story, 1,186-foot-tall supertower to be located at 375 East Wacker Drive in Lakeshore East.  The building’s designer is local starchitect Jeanne Gang, with...

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