The City of Chicago has officially linked Studio Gang Architects to the massive mixed-use “Wanda Vista” development planned to rise alongside the Chicago River. A trio of interlocking supertall towers, the $900 million riverfront project is expected to become the city's third tallest building.
According to the Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin, the tallest part of the skyscraper will reach 1,148 feet and 88 stories, one story less than rumors originally indicated, stirring speculation that the final count has something to due with its Chinese developer and “eight” being considering a lucky number in China.
Sited along East Wacker Drive in the 28-acre Lakeshore East development, Wanda Vista will be comprised of a 250 room five-star hotel, 390 condominiums and around 9000-square-feet of retail space.
"This is huge," said a spokeswoman for the mayor, according to the Chicago Tribune. "The mayor has put a significant amount of time and energy into ensuring that we open our arms and make this city for international businesses and international visitors."
The City of Chicago and the tower’s Chinese developer Wanda Group plans for the project to break ground in 2016.