Lakeshore East skyscraper could rise even higher than expected

The project from Magellan and Lendlease is one of 3 towers planned at confluence of the river and lake

TRD CHICAGO /
Sep.September 28, 2018 01:00 PM

From left: Magellan co-CEOs Joel Carlins and James Loewenberg, Lendlease’s Thomas Weeks (Credit: Magellan Development)

Magellan Development and Lendlease want to build a skyscraper at the mouth of the Chicago River that will rise 85 stories — five more than initially planned.

The developers behind the three-tower project in Lakeshore East last month unveiled plans for 1,700 residential units in buildings of 80, 50 and 40 stories. But a zoning application filed last week now calls for the tallest to be 85 stories, rising 950 feet above ground level, according to Curbed.

That doesn’t include unoccupied space at the top of the building, and it isn’t clear from plans what ground level is considered for the tower, meaning it could rise even higher than 950 feet.

Even so, the building would still be dwarfed by the 1,198-foot Vista Tower project a few doors west and one of the two skyscrapers planned by Related Midwest across the river on the site of the ill-fated Chicago Spire project. A fourth skyscraper, which would become the city’s second-tallest if built, is proposed as part of the redevelopment of the Tribune Tower property by CIM Group and Golub & Company.[Curbed] — John O’Brien


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