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The Chicago Skyline in 2023

A once-in-a-lifetime construction boom is reshaping downtown. These six residential towers will soon rank among the city’s 13 tallest buildings.

By AJ LaTrace
Illustration by Remie Geoffroi

Published Aug. 16, 2018

Update, October 23, 2018: 42 Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has rejected Related Midwest’s plans for the Chicago Spire site, the Tribune reports.

Rending of NEMA
Photo: Courtesy of Rafael Viñoly Architects


1200 S. Indiana Ave.

Expected completion:2019

Height:887 feet



Architect:Rafael Viñoly Architects

Fun fact:The boxy, modular aesthetic is a nod to the bundled-tube design of nearby Willis Tower.

Rending of Vista
Photo: Courtesy of Studio Gang

2 Vista Tower

363 and 401 E. Wacker Dr.

Expected completion:2019

Height:1,191 feet



Architect:Studio Gang

Fun fact:Amenities on the 47th floor will include an outdoor pool, a reservable kitchen, and a wine-tasting room.



Rending of Wolf Point South
Photo: Courtesy of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

3 Wolf Point South

343 W. Wolf Point Plz.

Expected completion:TBD

Height:950 feet



Architect:Pelli Clarke Pelli

Fun fact:It will be the highest of a trio of new towers at the once-sleepy site where the three Chicago River branches converge.

Rending of Tribune Tower addition
Photo: Courtesy of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Chicago’s New No. 2!

4 Tribune Tower addition

Behind the existing tower at 435 N. Michigan Ave.

Expected completion:2023

Height:1,422 feet



Architect:Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Fun fact:Among existing buildings nationwide, this glass skyscraper would rank third tallest.



Rending of 400 Lake Shore Drive
Photo: Courtesy of Som

5 400 Lake Shore Drive

400 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Expected completion:2023

Height:1,100 feet (south tower) and 850 feet (north tower)

Floors:76 (south) and 65 (north)

Units:300 (south) and 550 (north)


Fun fact:The use of terra cotta cladding and bay windows is an homage to Chicago’s earliest skyscrapers.

One Chicago Square
Photo: Courtesy of Goettsch Partners:HPA

6 One Chicago Square

736 N. State St.

Expected completion:2022

Height:1,011 feet (east tower) and 594 feet (west tower)

Floors:76 (east) and 49 (west)


Architect:Goettsch Partners/Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture

Fun fact:It will be built on Holy Name Cathedral’s parking lot—but its garage will have 225 spots for parishioners.


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