A brand new tower proposed for the South Loop neighborhood could literally re-shape the city’s skyline.  Designed by architect Rafael Vinoly, the tower planned for 113 E. Roosevelt Road is expected to be a whopping 76-stories tall.  Even more remarkable, though, is that the building could actually turn out to be twin skyscrapers going in on the southern edge of Grant Park, with the second tower possibly consisting mostly of condominium units.

If built, the new proposal could become one of the city’s tallest buildings.  It could also become the first new construction project for Crescent Heights, the developer behind the proposal.  

The modular construction is expected to be built in phases.  When finished, it could mean the addition of almost 800 new apartments for this part of Chicago.  The large development is expected to include a range of prices, sizes and floor plans, aimed at attracting a number of residents with its urban design.  In addition, the development is also expected to include some retail space on the ground level.

The 829-foot building is proposed to go in at the southeast corner of East Roosevelt Road and South Michigan Avenue.  Currently a vacant lot, the proposal would be the tallest tower in the South Loop, and among the tallest towers in the entire city.

If the massive development goes through, construction should take about two years to finish.  The developer is expected to start construction of the east tower first.  It would be the shorter of the two towers, yet still significantly changing the appearance of the South Loop skyline in the near future.

Other major developments are also planned for the South Loop, including a new building standing 86-stories tall, designed by architect Helmut Jahn.  That one has not yet been presented publicly, but could be in the near future.

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