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New images of NEMA Chicago, Rafael Viñoly’s skyline-changing tower

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Here’s a first peek at the 896-foot skyscraper’s interiors

An outdoor amenity deck overlooks Chicago’s Grant Park, Monroe Harbor, and Navy Pier.
Rendering by Steelblue, courtesy of Crescent Heights

After quietly breaking ground nearly two years ago, the 896-foot apartment tower known as NEMA Chicago has grown to dominate downtown’s southern skyline. The still-growing project has already claimed the title of the city’s tallest rental building as it continues its skyward climb along the southern edge of Grant Park.

Although the Rafael Viñoly-designed project isn’t expected to open until next year, a handful of new images offer a first look inside the building’s 800 units and 70,000 square feet of amenity space.

The renderings include shots of an outdoor terrace, an indoor resident lounge, a corner apartment unit, and NEMA’s south-facing pool that juts out slightly beyond the building’s facade.

Designed by New York’s David Rockwell interiors come across as clean and contemporary without distracting from the main attraction: jaw-dropping views of Lake Michigan, Chicago’s downtown skyline, and Grant Park.

The South Loop high-rise was originally known as One Grant Park but was renamed to join developer Crescent Heights’s NEMA collection. The apartment brand first launched in San Francisco in 2013 and is currently pursuing projects in Chicago as well as Boston.

There’s been no word yet regarding rental prices, but expect NEMA Chicago to be more or less in line with some of the other new high-profile rental buildings like One Bennett Park in Streeterville. Prospective tenants can sign up on the project’s recently launched website for future updates.

NEMA’s indoor pool extends beyond the tower’s southern facade.
Courtesy of Crescent Heights
A northwest corner apartment with its own private balcony.
Rendering by Steelblue, courtesy of Crescent Heights
At 893 feet tall, NEMA will tower above its neighbors—One Museum Park (726 feet) and The Grant (594 feet)—to the east.
Rendering by Steelblue, courtesy of Crescent Heights

Update: This post originally listed the tower’s official height at 893 feet. A representative of Crescent Heights reached out to let us know that the figure had grown by a whopping 3 feet to 896.