The St. Regis Chicago
|Floors above street level||101|
|Floors below street level||5|
|Maximum length||351 feet|
|Size||1,900,000 square feet|
|Maximum number of residences permitted||406|
|Maximum number of hotel rooms permitted||210|
|Number of hotel rooms at opening||191|
|Maximum number of automobile parking spaces permitted||346|
|Green roof||25% coverage|
- The initial plan for a tall building at this location was laid out in 1968. It was for a 1,200-foot-tall building, and included it straddling North Field Boulevard.
- This building was originally expected to have just 89 floors, and be completed by 2018. That figure was later revised to 88, then 94, then 101.
- This building formerly had the address 381 East Wacker Drive.
- This building was financed in part by Wang Jianlin and his company, Dalian Wanda Group, which is why it was originally called the Wanda Vista Tower. At the time this building was announced, Mr. Wang was the richest person in China.
- At the time of its completion, this was the thrid tallest building in Chicago.
- This building straddles three levels of North Field Boulevard. The erection of this building completed the long-awaited connection between East Wacker Drive and East Waterside Drive.
- This building uses eight shades of glass to achieve its visual appearance.
- This building uses both brushed and polished stainless steel to achieve its visual appearance.
- This location was previously a small golf course.
- This location was previously an Illinois Central Railroad wharf and warehouse facility. As of 2020, ground floor is still zoned for railroad, trucking, warehouse, and railroad uses.
- The 83rd floor blow-through level helps relieve the pressure of wind against this building. Computer models predicted that without it, the the wind would significantly exceed I.S.O. acceleration limits. The Chicago Department of Planning and Development stated, "According to a letter from Magnusson Klemencic Structural and Civil Engineers, this would result in building occupants feeling ill and possibly afraid for their safety."
- Wind tunnel tests showed that only the blow-through floor plus tuned liquid sloshing dampers would mitigate the effect of wind on this building.
- At the time this building was constructed, the City of Chicago operated an impound lot underneath Wacker Drive. Its entrance had to be moved to make room for reinforcement required for this building's bridge extension pilings.
- The North Field Boulevard overlook is cantilevered off of this building, so no structural support is required below.
- The North Field Boulevard overlook is 34 feet, three inches long.
- Early renderings of this building included its name over the main entrance written in six-foot-tall illuminted Chinese letters. It would have been a first for Chicago.
|July, 2014||Plans for this tower were made public.|
|September, 2014||The first construction gear arrived on this site, and the perimited was fenced off.|
|April 13, 2015||The first public meeting about this project was held.|
|August, 2015||The word "Wanda" disappeared from the marketing material for this building.|
|September 16, 2015||Residents of Lakeshore East were first allowed to put down deposits on new homes in this building.|
|October 6, 2015||The genral public was first allowed to put down deposits on new homes in this building.|
|November, 2015||The Chicago Plan Commission approved this building.|
|May 11, 2016||The first soil sampling rigs showed up at this construction site.|
|August 4, 2016||The first construction permits were issued for this building.|
|September 7, 2016||The groundbreaking ceremony was held for this building. It took place next door at The Tides, overlooking the building site.|
|April 26, 2017||The city granted permission for the 83rd floor of this building to be changed from being a residential floor to being an empty space. It was transformed into a blow-through level to reduce the wind load on the building. This building also has multiple tuned liquid sloshing dampers to counteract the wind. The city ordered the developer to paint the 83rd floor black so it wouldn't be noticable.|
|January 23, 2018||The developer was instructed to change the color of the interior of the 83rd level blow-through floor to a blye-gray color to match the rest of the building. The City of Chicago wanted it to blend in better, rather than stand out as an independent design element.|
|February, 2018||Wang Jianlin and his company, Dalian Wanda Group, are ordered by China's communist government to cut back on overseas investments, forcing it to sell its investment in this building. Magellan Development ended up buying the 90% of the project it didn't already own. The result was the final removal of the word "Wanda" from the name of this building.|
|October, 2018||The first windows were installed in this building.|
|April 29, 2019||An official topping out ceremony was held on this building's 101st floor.|
|November, 2020||The name of this building was changed from Vista Tower to The St. Regis Chicago, as part of a deal to have the St. Regis chain operate the hotel.|
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