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Chicago’s One Grant Park skyscraper goes vertical in the South Loop

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The 76-story tower from architect Rafael Viñoly just received a permit to continue its skyward climb

Harry Carmichael
A rendering showing One Grant Park [center] and the outline of the developer’s taller, second phase tower [right].
Rafael Viñoly Architects

After starting underground foundation work back in January, Chicago’s upcoming One Grant Park tower is starting to rise above street level at the corner of Indiana and Roosevelt. Keeping pace with construction, the City of Chicago just granted the high-rise project another partial building permit estimated at $64 million. Crews are now authorized to continue structural work up through the building’s eighth level.

Ultimately expected to rise 76 stories and in excess of 800 feet, the Rafael Viñoly-designed skyscraper is a modern day homage to the Chicago School of structural expressionism with “bundled tube” layout similar to that of the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. When completed, One Grant Park will be the South Loop’s tallest structure—or at least until developer Crescent Heights tops-off an even taller twin tower planned for the site to the immediate west.

The fast-growing high-rise will eventually deliver 792 luxury rental units, 622 parking spaces, and about 12,000 square feet of retail. The tower is expected to open to tenants some time in 2019.

Harry Carmichael