Originally Posted by hunser
Especially Chicago seems to finally have gained some momentum.
yes, chicago is finally getting back to form!
last year at this time, there were only 3 500+ footers U/C in chicago:
1. 150 North Riverside | 752 FT | 54 FLOORS - nearly complete
2. River Point | 730 FT | 52 FLOORS - nearly complete
3. Optima Phase II | 588 FT | 57 FLOORS
but over the past 12 months an additional 5 500+ footers have started up:
1. Vista Tower | 1,186 FT | 98 FLOORS
2. One Grant Park | 893 FT | 80 FLOORS
3. One Bennett Park | 836 FT | 68 FLOORS
4. CNA Center | 568 FT | 36 FLOORS
5. 465 North Park | 535 FT | 48 FLOORS
and in addition to those, another two are scheduled to start up in the next couple of months:
1. Wolf Point - East Tower | 679 FT | 62 FLOORS
2. Essex Inn Tower | 607 FT | 56 FLOORS
as for potential future supertalls, there's nothing concrete yet, but there are a couple of possible candidates:
1. the PD for the wolf point multi-tower project indicates that the south tower will stand around 950', but in chicago the highest occupied floor is typically listed as the building height for planning purposes, and there has been much speculation in the wolf point thread that the building looks to have several floors of unoccupied mechanical space at the top that would likely take it over the 1,000' threshold.
2. the former chicago spire site is now owned by related and they have teased that they will be releasing their plans for the site sometime soon. there hasn't been any direct indication that this one will go supertall, but they have stated that they will do something big and skyline defining on the site, so it's very possible that it could be another supertall.
however it all shakes out, chicago is now in the middle of a very solid skyscraper building boom. it took us a while to get there, as we lagged our coastal cousins a bit, but at least we're finally there.