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Construction on Wolf Point East tower reaches final 679-foot height

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The riverfront high-rise is topped off

A glassy high-rise topped by a construction crane at dusk, reflecting the sunset. The building is surrounded by other similarly-sized skyscrapers.
Construction crews completed the tower’s 60th and final floor.
Jay Koziarz

After more than two years of frenzied construction, Chicago’s Wolf Point East apartment high-rise will climb no higher. The 60-story, 679-foot tower officially topped off Friday, its developers announced.

Soaring above the banks of the Chicago River, the prominently-located rental project was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in partnership with Chicago-based firm Pappageorge Haymes Partners. The glassy building is on track to start welcoming residents to its 698 luxury rental units in early 2020.

Future tenants will have access to extensive residential amenities including an indoor-outdoor pool, a fitness club, dog run, game room, golf simulator, and coworking and entertaining spaces—plus outstanding views of the river and Art on theMART. The downtown development also includes a below-ground parking garage topped by a four-acre riverfront park.

“We are thrilled to reach this construction milestone and continue pre-leasing,” said Will Renner, a director at Hines, in a statement. Hines is co-developing the property with the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust and Kennedy-affiliated Wolf Point Owners LLC.

Studios will start at $2,095 per month, junior one-bedrooms at $2,495, one-bedrooms at $2,895, and two-bedrooms at $4,195 per month. Pricing for the tower’s three-bedroom and penthouse units will be announced later, according to Luxury Living Chicago Realty, which is spearheading leasing. More info is available on the project’s website.

The eastern tower is the second of three skyscrapers planned for the Wolf Point site. It joins the 485-foot Wolf Point West rental building which opened in 2016. The final piece of the puzzle, a Salesforce-anchored office tower, will break ground next year and top-out at 813 feet when it opens in 2023.

At 679 feet, Wolf Point East is the fourth tallest building currently under construction in Chicago. It is eclipsed only by Vista Tower (1,191 feet), One Chicago (969 feet), and 110 N. Wacker Drive (814 feet).

A photograph of a modern apartment tower rising next to a river, a metal bridge, and yellow water taxi boat.
The Wolf Point development is located at the confluence of the Chicago River, where the main and north branches come together.
Nick Ulivieri Photography, courtesy of Luxury Living Chicago Realty