300 North LaSalle in Chicago

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Photo of 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois
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Photo of 300 North LaSalle in Chicago, Illinois
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Construction as of May, 2008<br>Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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300 North LaSalle
Also known as:Kirkland & Ellis Tower

300 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, Near North Side 60654
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A symbol that the north bank of the Chicago River is finally catching up to the Loop side, 300 North LaSalle replaces a cowering concrete parking garage with something worthy of this location. The tower is slightly set back from the river, reflecting the new-found respect the city has for this rapidly improving waterway. This is likely a significant relief to people in the Central Office Building, and the Helene Curtis Building, who won't have much of their light or view stolen by the huge new neighbor.
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In design, this appears to be another modern interpretation of Art Moderne themes with setbacks and fins reaching into the sky. At ground level, a large pedestrian plaza faces the water, helping extend the hodge-podge riverwalk, while providing places to sit, eat, and relax -- again, unusual for the north side of the river.

Quick Facts
Statistics
  • Height to roof: 775 feet
  • Height to building top: 810 feet
  • Floor space: 1,300,000 square feet.
  • Caissons: 34
  • Passenger elevators: 26
  • Freight elevators: 2
Timeline
  • June, 2006: Construction begins.
  • July, 2009: Construction end.
  • July, 2010: This building was bought by KBS Realty Advisors for $650 million.
  • April, 2013: This building was certified LEED Platinum.
Notes
  • Design architect: Pickard Chilton<br>
  • Architect of record: Kendall/Heaton Associates<br>
  • Developer: Hines<br>
  • This building will draw water from the Chicago River for use in its cooling system. This saves electricity, and five million gallons of drinking water annually.<br>
  • This building will also use collected rain water in its HVAC system.<br>
  • The designers of this building had to work its support system around a disused freight tunnel, the pilings of an 1800's-era warehouse, and the concrete supports of a 1950's parking garage.
Stacking Diagram
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Did You Know?
  • The public space along the river is actually the cover of the river water intake tanks for the building's cooling system.
Green Things
  • This building has LEED Platinum certification.
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There are eight comments.

  One of the finest new highrise office buildings in the U.S. This property is a great addition to the Chicago skline and to the city's architectural heritage.

Brian Lipson - Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 @ 8:25pm  

  I like this building, now that it is almost complete, it will complement the skyline from the west and the planetarium.

Brent Kampert - Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 @ 5:40pm  

  The building is really taking shape, but has simultaneously taken away almost all of the beautiful view from 325 N. Wells and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I am hopeful that there will be plenty of new restaurants or other areas useful to nearby students and workers included so that it becomes more than just another tall, inaccessible Chicago building for tourists to gawk at.

Adam Sydor - Monday, July 21st, 2008 @ 11:41am  

  In another location, this would get five stars. But now that I see it poking out of the city skyline, it doesn't quite fit. All of its neighbors are clad in masonry and this glass covered building sticks out like a sore thumb. Maybe it will be better when it's finished, but right now it just doesn't look right.

Mike Enfield - Saturday, May 24th, 2008 @ 7:08pm  

  This building is coming along well. It will be a welcome addition to the River North area & usher in even more towers in the future as the downtown core pushes ever-further out from the Loop.

urbaneddie - Monday, January 14th, 2008 @ 5:23pm  

  I live directly across the street from this monster. NEVER ever have I heard so much construction racket in my life. I lived right in the heart of many developments: The Regatta, The Chandler, The Tides, 340 on the Park, and The Aqua. Their construction process is like a library in comparison. This development has ruined living at The Sterling.Of course, it's going to take away my view.Other than that, looks good.

Moi - Thursday, May 31st, 2007 @ 1:17pm  

  I love the look of this building. When I walk past the construction site, I get very excited about seeing this building ''grow up''

Kirby Cruz - Thursday, December 7th, 2006 @ 8:03pm  

  Chicago's stunning riverfront is being realized through more and more supertall buildings like this one, and I am glad to see such a statement being made. I think it will attract more interest because of its size and position within the city then for its design. It is a great fit for Chicago though, and I commend the architect for its defining roof detail, as so many structres in Chicago possess.

Jeffrey Horvath - Wednesday, April 12th, 2006 @ 12:23am  

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