Studio Gang’s Skyscraper could be one of tallest in Chicago

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Studio Gang's Skyscraper could be one of tallest in Chicago

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Planned Wanda Vista tower would be 8 feet taller than city’s current third tallest building, the Aon Center

Studio Gang's Skyscraper could be one of tallest in Chicago

The outlines of what could be Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper came into sharp focus Monday when the project’s developers unveiled their latest plan for the riverfront tower — a trio of interconnected high-rises that would bring stacks of undulating glass to the city’s skyline.

Backed by China’s Wanda Group and Chicago’s Magellan Development Group the new version of the tower retains the three-tiered profile, first shown last year, but adds a cloak of light-reflecting, blue-green glass and eliminates inset balconies that resembled zippers on its most visible facades.

At 1,144 feet, the skyscraper would be 8 feet taller than the city’s current third-tallest building, the Aon Center, provided it conforms to the standards of the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The council arbitrates height disputes like the one in 2013 involving the controversial spire at New York’s One World Trade Center.

Called Wanda Vista, the skyscraper would be built on the north edge of the 28-acre Lakeshore East, a complex of apartments, condominiums, shops, a school and a hotel bounded by multilevel roads including Wacker Drive and Lake Shore Drive. The complex, which has a park at its center, is just north of Millennium Park. []

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