At 1,198 feet tall, Vista Tower is currently poised to become the third-tallest building on the Chicago skyline, topped only by Willis Tower (1,451 feet) and Trump International Hotel & Tower (1,389 feet). The supertall riverfront structure will offer 396 luxury condos — including 21 multimillion-dollar penthouses — to Chicago residents, along with the five-star Wanda Vista Hotel.
Here, we dive into the specifics of this building on the rise.
An unorthodox real estate deal
According to The Chicago Tribune, when Vista Tower broke ground in August 2016, the project (led by Chinese developer Dalian Wanda Group) was the most significant real estate investment by a Chinese firm in the city’s history.
However, after marketing its majority stake in Vista Tower for $900 million, Dalian Wanda Group sold its 60 percent share of the skyscraper to Canadian shopping mall builder Triple Five Group — an unusual transaction, as these types of developments are typically sold after they’re completed.
Notable architectural and design features
The supertall skyscraper was designed by renowned Chicago architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang in collaboration with bKL Architecture. With Gang at the helm, Vista Tower will overtake the nearby Aqua skyscraper (also designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang) as the tallest structure in the world designed by a woman.
Vista Tower will include three interlocking high-rises; a geometric design called “frustum,” which is a series of inverted and ascending pyramids; and a restaurant housed in a glass cube supported by stilts.
It will also feature distinctive curtain wall, which will incorporate six distinct shades of blue-green glass. The coloration will incrementally shift by floor from light to dark and back, accentuating the undulating vision developed by the design team.
The structure currently has only two frustum-shaped stacks left to pour. This final section will contain the skyscraper’s unoccupied blow-through floor, created to lessen wind loads and reduce building sway.
Follow Vista Tower's progress
Vista Tower is expected to reach its topping-off point early next year and will open to both residents and hotel guests in 2020. In the meantime, you can follow the action on the project’s live webcam.