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These 4 Buildings are the Future of Chicago's Riverwalk

    These 4 Buildings are the Future of Chicago's Riverwalk

    Chicago’s $100M Riverwalk extension isn’t the only high-profile project happening down by the river. By 2019, four buildings totaling $3B will add over 900 luxury apartments and condos, 2.2M SF in office space, and five acres of parkland, riverwalk and pedestrian areas.

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    150 North Riverside

    Where: 150 N Riverside Plaza

    Developer: Riverside Investment & Development

    Designer: Goettsch Partners

    Cost: $490M

    Completion: Late 2016

    Why it's huge: This 54-story, 1.2m SF office tower will occupy only 25% of its two-acre site when completed. The rest will become a public park, riverwalk space and amphitheater. Big-name tenants such as Hyatt and law firm Polsinelli have signed leases to move to this supertall.

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    River Point

    Where: 444 W Lake St

    Developer: Hines Interests, The Levy Organization, Ivanhoé Cambridge

    Cost: $500M

    Architect: Pickard Chilton

    Completion: 2016

    Why it’s huge: River Point’s 52 stories and 1.05M SF are attractions, but so are the downtown views and what is expected to be the largest riverside plaza in the city. Native plants and a botanical garden will allow office workers and others to enjoy a lazy day by the river.

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    Wolf Point West

    Where: 350 W Mart Drive

    Developer: Wolf Point Owners, led by Chris Kennedy

    Cost: $1B

    Architect: bKL

    Completion: Late 2016

    Why it’s huge: This development features three towers, including a 50-story west tower with 510 luxury rental units. The project also features 100k SF of parkland and connects to the Riverwalk. It’s all being funded without TIFs or incentives.

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    Wanda Tower

    Where: 381-383 E Wacker Dr

    Developer: Wanda Group, Magellan Development

    Cost: $1B

    Architect: Jeanne Gang

    Expected completion date: 2019

    Why it’s huge: This could become Chicago's third-tallest skyscraper if the city approves its proposed 1,144-foot height. The dead end along East Wacker would be extended with a new public plaza, while a pedestrian link would connect the Riverwalk with the park at Lakeshore East.

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