Development reshaping city’s skyline
by Jacqueline Covey
Several skyscrapers marching upward in New Eastside and Streeterville will soon add thou- sands of square feet of residential, hospitality and retail space. Vista Tower, sisters Cirrus Condominiums and Cascade Apartments, Tribune Tower and an upcoming hotel and apartment tower in a location dubbed Site O will trans- form downtown Chicago’s east- ern border. For local residents living amidst the daily hum of construction, completion of these towers is just around the corner.
363 E. Upper Wacker Drive
Expected to open in 2020, Vista Tower will be the third-largest building in the city and the tallest designed by a woman—Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang. Another first for the city is a blow-through on the 83rd floor that helps alleviate wind pressure. The building topped out in April and currently interior work is being completed. The 101-story structure will house 400 condos and a luxury hotel.
Cascade and Cirrus
197 N. Harbor Drive and 225 N. Columbus Drive
These sisters of Lakeshore East are still in the first of two phases, as the dirt has barely settled since the dual-groundbreaking on Sept. 18. Ted Weldon, executive general manager for Lendlease Development in Chicago, said the first stage of construction consists of Cirrus Condominiums and Cascade Apartments, in addition to Cascade Park. Residents will also see work being done to the pedestrian and bicycle path that connects the development to Lake Michigan under Lake Shore Drive. There’s been interest in Cirrus since pre- sales for condos began in spring, Weldon said. Visit cirruscondos.com or call (312) 469-8090 for an appointment.
435 N. Michigan Ave.
Unveiled April 2018, the redevelopment and new construction project at Tribune Tower began in 2016 after Golub & Company and the Los Angeles-based CIM Group purchased the Gothic landmark and surrounding buildings for $240 million. The complex will be converted to 162 condos and update the stores below.
The team also hopes to build the second-largest building in the city. At a Nov. 19 community meeting, Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) and Alderman Brendan Reilly offered details of the plan after residents raised concerns about traffic congestion. Crain’s reported developers have added a passageway connecting the south and west sides of the building. The through road will mainly serve the hotel, with drop-off lanes and short-term parking.
Nestled between Aqua and 300 E. Randolph, parcel O is expected to see action in the coming months. Plans include a 33-story luxury apartment building and a 20-story tower that will host two hotels.