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Height: Occupied
351.5 m / 1,153 ft
Height: To Tip
362.9 m / 1,191 ft
Height: Architectural
362.9 m / 1,191 ft
Vista Tower Outline
Floors Above Ground
Tower GFA
131,400 m² / 1,414,378 ft²
# of Apartments
# of Hotel Rooms
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Vista Tower
Name of Complex Lakeshore East
Other Names 375 East Wacker, Wanda Vista
Structure Type Building
Status Architecturally Topped Out
Country United States
City Chicago
Street Address & Map 363 East Wacker Drive
Postal Code 60601
Building Function residential / hotel
Structural Material concrete
Energy Label LEED Silver
Proposed 2014
Construction Start 2016
Completion 2020
Official Website Wanda Vista Tower

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Magellan Development Group; Triple Five Group; Wanda Group
Design Studio Gang
Architect of Record bKL Architecture
Structural Engineer
Design Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Main Contractor James McHugh Construction Co.
Other Consultant
• Foundation Case Foundation
• Interiors Gensler; Hirsch Bedner Associates
• Landscape Olin Studio
• Traffic Kimley Horn
Material Supplier
• Concrete Ozinga Chicago RMC; Prairie Material
• Crane Liebherr; Morrow Equipment Company
• Formwork Doka GmbH
• Foundation Equipment BAUER Group

About Vista Tower

Upon completion, Vista Tower became Chicago’s third tallest building and the tallest building within the mixed-use Lake Shore East development located near the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Proximity to the river and the city’s renown lakefront park system, as well as placement upon a north-south view corridor within the city’s street grid, provides for a high level of prominence for the mixed-use building. The reinforced concrete structure is composed of a series of stacked frustrum-shaped volumes moving rhythmically in and out of plane and extruded vertically into four sections extending to various heights.

The flowing form of Vista Tower’s volume is further accentuated through the façade’s gradient of colored glass, which combined with the spandrel covered floor slab edges, creates an enhanced visual texture for the exterior. As the building is set into an artificial grade change introduced by the adjacent three-level street system, public entrances are located at different elevations. The lowest level entrance along Field Boulevard provides the easternmost entrance for the city’s indoor pedestrian circulation network known as ‘The Pedway’, while the main entrances are located along the uppermost level of Wacker Drive, where two dedicated lobbies serve as the entries for the hotel and residential components of the building. Between these lobbies, a public roadway passes through the structure, creating a pedestrian and vehicular link between Wacker Drive, the riverfront and the rest of the Lake Shore East development.

CTBUH Initiatives

2019 Tall Building Predictions for the Year to Come
22 Jan 2019 – CTBUH News

CTBUH Staff Reaches New Heights at Chicago's Vista Tower
14 Dec 2018 – Tour Report

CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Buildings with Dampers
22 Aug 2018 – CTBUH Research

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to Vista Tower

2019 Tall Building Predictions for the Year to Come
22 Jan 2019, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out our monthly predictions based on our industry intelligence to see what trends and milestones will shape the industry in the year to come!
CTBUH Staff Reaches New Heights at Chicago's Vista Tower
14 Dec 2018, Chicago – Tour Report
To bring a successful year to a close, CTBUH staff enjoyed an extensive tour of the under-construction Vista Tower, a residential and hotel development in Chicago's Lakeshore East.
CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Buildings with Dampers
22 Aug 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH has released a Tall Buildings in Numbers (TBIN) interactive data study on the world's tallest buildings with dampers.
Chicago Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Chicago and its architectural marvels. From recently constructed skyscrapers to the modern marvel of Willis Tower, which held the tallest title for 25 years.
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized guided walking tours of 16 cities around the globe, focusing on urban habitats around tall buildings.
Seven Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour
29 Jan 2015 – Tour Report
The new CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized a highly successful Winter Spaces Walking Tour in seven cities around the world.

Research Papers

Birds, Planes and Bio-Blitzes
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III

Three Points of the Residential High-Rise: Designing for Social Connectivity
Jun 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 2

Three Points of the Residential High-Rise: Designing for Social Connectivity
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City

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