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Rafael Viñoly’s 76-story South Loop tower lands construction permit

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The project will deliver 792 residential units to the south end of Chicago’s Grant Park

The year’s third skyline-altering tower has been given the official go-ahead from the city of Chicago to begin foundation work at the southern edge of Grant Park. Known by both addresses of 113 E. Roosevelt and 1200 S. Indiana, the modern building is designed by Uruguay-born architect Rafael Viñoly and features a fresh take on the iconic stepped, bundled tube layout of Chicago’s famous Willis (Sears) Tower.

The 800-foot-plus South Loop skyscraper will join a couple of heavy hitters—the 1,186-foot Wanda Vista and the 836-foot tower at One Bennett Park—both already under construction to the north. The 792-unit rental building is the first phase of a multi-phase project from developer Crescent Heights that ultimately calls for a taller twin to the immediate west as well as a low-rise townhouse component to the south.

Since the tower was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission in late 2015 and then went relatively silent, there was some speculation as to whether the Roosevelt/Indiana project—along with Jahn’s redesigned South Loop tower at 1000 S. Michigan—would get off the ground before the end the current building cycle. The recently issued permit should quell doubts as the site now prepares for the arrival of foundation equipment.

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