Construction to Begin for Chicago's 3rd-Tallest Building - NBC Chicago

Construction to Begin for Chicago's 3rd-Tallest Building

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that construction will soon begin on a 95-story skyscraper that will become the city’s third-tallest building.

The Vista Tower along the Chicago River will house a 5-star hotel with approximately 200 hotel rooms, more than 400 condominiums and approximately 9,000-square feet of retail space, according to a press release from the mayor's office. 

The building will stand at nearly 1,200 feet tall on Wacker Drive near Lake Michigan, making it the third-tallest. The Willis Tower still takes the city's top spot, reaching 1,729 feet tall to the tip, followed by Trump International Hotel and Tower spanning up to 1,362 feet.

Photo credit: Studio Gang Architects

Vista Tower is designed by award-winning architect and Chicago native Jeanne Gang at Studio Gang Architects. The building could also reportedly become the world’s tallest building designed by a woman-owned firm.

The project will create more than 2,000 construction jobs and more than 500 permanent jobs, city officials said.

At a cost of $900 million, the project is China's largest-ever real estate investment in Chicago and one of the largest in the U.S. 

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