The last time Cirrus Condominiums and Cascade Apartments appeared on this blog, I pointed out the need to get as many photos as possible before construction rose above “theater level” from N. Harbor Drive. Well, here’s the thing about that. With construction looming so close to that elevated walkway, you can’t have construction nerds standing within an arm’s length of carpenters and iron workers, offering our advice on how work should be done. And so, the sidewalks have been (understandably) walled off to provide a safety buffer between pedestrians and professionals, limiting us tower crane enthusiasts to get shots where we can. Which is still pretty cool, tbh.
Vista Tower opens in 2020. That’s this year. Seems like a decade ago there was the occasional soil sampler in the lots bisected by Field Boulevard in Lakeshore East. But then earth was scraped, caissons were sunk, foundations were poured, two tower cranes were erected, frustums were frustummed, and here we are.
You know what we haven’t seen from this blog in a long time? A big ole Vista Tower photo dump. In part because once a tower under construction reaches 39,000 feet in the air, or whatever this glorious beast is, it’s hard to watch the work that’s being done. But I’ve passed by her a few times over the past several months, always snapping a few shots on the way. You might want to see them, so if you do, here they are.
Like I said, she’s glorious, ain’t she?
What’s that old saying I just made up a couple weeks ago? Oh yeah, I remember:
Tower cranes should be cherished. Two tower cranes should be cherished and celebrated. Three tower cranes should be cherished, celebrated, and should get their own post.
This is their own post.
Those of us without a helicopter, drone, or a really, really long selfie stick are running out of time before construction on Cirrus Condominiums and Cascade Apartments reaches above the elevated street levels of Harbor and Waterside Drives in Lakeshore East.
For that reason, I give you a whole slew of (somewhat) overhead shots, taken January 19, looking down on Lendlease’s continuing progress on the two bKl Architecture-designed residential towers.
Another gloomy weather day in Chicago, perfect for taking pictures with lousy cameras. I had to be downtown Monday, so I took a few detours, one of which was the three-crane wonder that is Cirrus Chicago construction. And Cascade Chicago construction. Honestly, I don’t know which is which over here, and I think there’s gonna be a third tower at some point too. What I do know is, this is one of two Chicago construction sites featuring 3 tower cranes, the other being One Chicago Square in River North.
I snapped off a bunch of iPhone pics, if you want to see them. I won’t win any awards for these, but at least now you can see what the early stages construction look like over here, without having to make the trip to Lakeshore East.
A few particulars:
Lendlease is the general contractor here, as well as co-developer with Magellan Development. (Side note: “IJKL LLC” sounds like something that would be chanted at a college football game. I’m getting a t-shirt made.) They’re getting help with the concrete from McHugh Construction. bKL Architecture is the design architect.
A matter of mere days after I’d finally come to grips with no longer having two tower cranes at the new McDonald’s Headquarters in the West Loop, word came that the East Crane at Vista Tower was coming down. I made the pilgrimage over to Streeterville to take a few shots from across the Chicago River, turned to look behind me, and what else do I see? One tower crane at One Bennett Park! I appreciate everyone’s progress here, but noooooooo!
We’re counting on you to never finish, The Lincoln Common!
Now seems like as good a time as any to revisit and celebrate the TEN TOWER CRANES(!) of Battersea Power Station in London, and the 5-pack of cranes at Jewel Residences in Gold Coast, Australia.
With a permit issued Wednesday, the GEMS World Academy Upper School has official permission to complete its 13-story building in Lakeshore East. That allows Power Construction to continue their progress on the bKL Architecture-designed facility. Students are expected to start using the Upper School in Winter 2019.
You can watch progress for yourself by following this link to the youtube construction cam; the cam is also accessible from bKL Archtecture’s GEMS World Academy Upper School page linked above.
50 floors of concrete have been poured at Vista Tower. That’s the word we get from Agency H5, the PR firm handling announcements of such things for developer Magellan Development Group. They sent over a press release letting all of Chicago know of the big milestone.
You can read the entire press release after viewing the photo gallery below, which includes photos taken throughout the month of May. ***Caution: There are a lot of them. But you’re used to that by now. Highlights for me? A few shots taken in setting sunlight; anything from the Museum Campus; a puddlegram; and, as always, mooncranes.
CHICAGO – June 7, 2018 – Concrete has been poured to the 50th floor for Vista Tower, marking a significant construction milestone. The sky’s the limit for one of the city’s most exclusive residences which continues to soar toward new heights (101 floors to be exact), with only a year and a half left until move-in.
“What makes Vista Tower so special is the brilliant minds collaborating on the construction and design of this world-class project,” said David Carlins, president, Magellan Development Group. “Globally-renowned architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang set a high standard with her remarkable vision, and all other participating firms, including Hirsch Bedner Associates and McHugh Construction Company, followed suit to exceed expectations.”
One of the most anticipated architectural projects within the United States, Vista Tower will be synonymous with ultimate luxury living in Chicago. While the exterior glass façade reflects the blue-green hue of the tower’s watery neighbors, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, the interiors of each unit provide residents the choice between four specially-curated gem tone finishes: fluorite, amethyst, topaz and sapphire. Providing the most innovative touches for elite real estate buyers, purchasers can now schedule an appointment at the Vista Sales Gallery to be assisted through the finish selection process.
“Our future residents are captivated by the offerings at the 10,000 sq. ft. Vista Sales Gallery, which allows them to experience the extraordinary Vista Tower lifestyle and imagine the look and feel of their future home,” says Leila Zammatta, senior vice president of sales, Magellan Development Group. “I’m not surprised that the units are selling rapidly and we’re currently more than 40% sold because what we’ve created is quite exceptional in this market. We design aspirational, breathtaking spaces, so when a potential buyer fully appreciates what we’re offering at Vista Tower, he or she wants to call it home.”
Located on Upper Wacker Drive at the intersection of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, Vista Tower will be the crown jewel of the Lakeshore East neighborhood. Magellan Development Group built the award-winning, master-planned community to serve as an oasis from the bustle of downtown Chicago and a tranquil escape within the nation’s third-largest urban city.
Chicagoans and potential homeowners can watch the vision come to life as construction rapidly continues past the halfway point. For more information on Vista Tower or to inquire about the property, contact senior vice president of sales, Magellan Development Group, Leila Zammatta at (312) 493-8200 or visit the Vista Sales Gallery at 345 E. Wacker Drive in Chicago by appointment. Learn more by visiting www.vistachicago.com.
ABOUT MAGELLAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Magellan Development Group is a family-owned company that was founded in 1996. To date, Magellan is the premier developer of mixed-use properties in Chicago and extending its footprint to other major U.S. cities, including Minneapolis, Miami, Nashville, and Somerville, MA.
From conception to completion, Magellan looks after all aspects of the development process and has unique experience in interrelated fields of real estate design, construction management, development, development consultation, architecture, leasing, sales and marketing.
Magellan is responsible for the Lakeshore East masterplan and development, which is regarded as one of the most vibrant communities in the city of Chicago. The Lakeshore East community is an example of Magellan’s commitment to environmentally-sensitive urban communities, innovative design and high-quality construction. Since its founding, Magellan Development has completed over 25 large-scale, residential and mixed-use projects.
For more information on Magellan Development Group, please visit: www.magellandevelopment.com
Not many words needed for this one. Just showing you a few photos of Power Construction’s progress on the new GEMS World Academy Upper School in Lakeshore East. We tend to give a lot more attention to its supertall neighbor (that seems to be okay with GEMS’ neighbor bKL Architecture, the firm behind designs for both buildings), so let’s make sure GEMS gets its due too.