Does Magellan Development’s Vista Tower Deliver on Views?  See For Yourself!
Oct24

Does Magellan Development’s Vista Tower Deliver on Views?  See For Yourself!

If Magellan Development names a new building “Vista,” it should probably have some decent views.  And if that building is located on the Chicago River, those views should be somewhat above average.  And if the building is 95 stories tall, the views really almost certainly should be singularly spectacular, right? We’re happy to report: Correct on all counts. Joe Zekas, of YoChicago!, went up to the 70-somethingth...

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Vista Tower Scrapes Sky In Lakeshore East, Windows Going In
Oct22

Vista Tower Scrapes Sky In Lakeshore East, Windows Going In

If you’ve been wondering about Magellan Development’s Vista Tower lately — and we know you have — word on the street is that things are progressing nicely. The Studio Gang-designed residential and hotel tower, which will absolutely positively not look anything at all like three adjacent stacks of Chinese take-out boxes, is already tall enough to look down on former Lakeshore East belle of the ball, Aqua.  Aqua was designed...

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Chicago Exports: Studio Gang Making Waves on the West Coast
Apr24

Chicago Exports: Studio Gang Making Waves on the West Coast

Today we continue our series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. Studio Gang, which...

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A Look Inside (and Outside) Jeanne Gang’s Solstice on the Park
Feb21

A Look Inside (and Outside) Jeanne Gang’s Solstice on the Park

Much has been written over the last couple of years about Solstice on the Park in Hyde Park.  As the 26-story tower enters the home stretch toward completion, we’re getting a very good look at the building from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!. Mr. Zekas turned his very expensive camera gear on the residential block designed by Noble Square’s Studio Gang.  The building at 1616 East 56th Street has been getting so much press in part...

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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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Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”
Jul17

Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”

It’s not uncommon for a major construction project to change after it’s already started.  Look at Wolf Point West, which had its 43rd and 45th floor setbacks moved to the 45th and 46th floors, creating two more residences.  Or the Skinner West Elementary School addition which is gaining a floor, long after just three were approved by the city. In the case of Jeanne Gang’s spectacular 95-story Vista Tower going up at...

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Here We Grow!  Vista Tower Gets Full Construction Permit for All 95 Stories
May12

Here We Grow! Vista Tower Gets Full Construction Permit for All 95 Stories

The biggest thing to hit Chicago’s skyline since the Aon Center is about to become a reality. The City of Chicago has issued a full building permit for the Vista Tower in Lakeshore East (363 East Wacker Drive). Take a slurp of coffee and a deep breath and enjoy the OMG: CONSTRUCTION AND BUILD-OUT OF LEVEL 1 TO LEVEL 95 OF PROPOSED 95-STORY MIXED USE BUILDING Now just let that settle in… ahh. The tower will be the...

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Just Out of the Ground and Already the Vista Tower is Bracing for Chicago Wind
Feb22

Just Out of the Ground and Already the Vista Tower is Bracing for Chicago Wind

One day way back in 2003 we wandered up on East Upper Randolph Street and gazed down at a lone bulldozer grading the warm brown earth that once was an urban golf course into the gentle slopes that would one day characterize Chicago’s Lakeshore East development.  The construction work hasn’t stopped since. Though we’re 14 years into this blog writing about Lakeshore East, and almost 48 years since it was first...

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After Many Long Days, Studio Gang’s Solstice About to Cast Shadows
Feb13

After Many Long Days, Studio Gang’s Solstice About to Cast Shadows

This past Friday, Mother Nature issued a permit allowing the daffodils in Lincoln Park to start reaching out of their burrows and raising their heads skyward.  Coincidentally, it was the same day that the City of Chicago issued a permit allowing Hyde Park’s newest skyscraper to grow to its final height. CONSTRUCT NEW 26 STORY, 250 DWELLING UNIT BUILDING. 316 PARKING SPACES IN A 5 STORY CLASS J GARAGE. REFERENCE...

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Studio Gang Apartment Design For St. Louis Has Distinctive Onion Flavor
Dec14

Studio Gang Apartment Design For St. Louis Has Distinctive Onion Flavor

Chicago’s Studio Gang has unveiled the dramatic design for a proposed 36-story apartment building in midtown St. Louis that looks, to me at least, like a bloomin’ onion. The tasty yet unhealthy 1,954-calorie Outback Steakhouse appetizer bears a similar leaflike appearance to Studio Gang’s first St. Louis skyscraper. Englewood, New Jersey-based Mac Properties is the developer. The $130 million project is expected to...

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