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Another Supertall Skyscraper Is About To Begin Construction

By Stephen Gossett in News on Oct 17, 2016 8:28PM

Courtesy Crescent Heights

While the massive, Jeanne Gang-designed Vista Tower gets all the headlines and star-powered press conferences, it looks like Chicago will soon have a second supertall skyscraper under construction. Foundation permits have been approved for the 820-feet tower at 113 E. Roosevelt Rd., according to Chicago Architecture.

The 76-story skyscraper with nearly 800 residences will stand near the southwestern corner of Grant Park and become the tallest in the ever-changing South Loop landscape.

There was plenty doubt as to whether the Rafael Viñoly-designed tower would join Vista in development this year. Chicago Architecture notes:

This time last year, there were three super-tall skyscrapers proposed for downtown Chicago. We asked several prominent local architects what they thought the chances were of any of them being built. The answer was universally skeptical. Most thought that just one would be built. The rest of the people we spoke with said none had a chance of getting off the ground.

(The third alluded-to skyscraper is proposed for 1000 S. Michigan Ave. and designed by famed architect Helmut Jahn, but it still lags behind.)

Check out the rendering, courtesy of developers Crescent Heights, above and get ready for a new-look South Loop.