The St. Regis Chicago (Vista Tower)

The St. Regis Chicago is now the third tallest building on the Chicago skyline.

Chicago, IL

Completed 2021

Magellan Development Group

Residential, Hotel

1,900,000 sf / 1,196 ft / 101 stories
393 condominiums and 192 hotel rooms

Targeting LEED Silver


Now the third tallest building in the Chicago skyline, the design for The St. Regis Chicago (Vista Tower) asks the question: What if skyscrapers can be porous connectors, rather than barriers, for the public realm? Defining a new edge of the city, the tower tightly knits the downtown Lakeshore East community to its surroundings with unprecedented urban connections and enhanced public access to the Chicago River. Housing condominiums, a 5-star hotel, restaurants, and amenity spaces, the building’s residential and hotel amenities combine at the upper levels to create a vibrant social center.

Looking up from the river and park, the tower presents itself as three interconnected volumes of differing heights. Moving rhythmically in and out of plane, the overall flowing appearance of the building is the result of an alternating geometry between these three volumes. An innovative structural system allows the central volume to be lifted from the ground plane, creating a new essential pedestrian connection between the Chicago Riverwalk and the nearby community park’s outdoor recreational facilities.

The essential “building block” of the architecture is a 12-story truncated pyramid called a frustum. Stacked and nested, right-side up and upside-down, the frustums to form the tower’s flowing volumes. The unique geometry creates a tall building with eight corners instead of four, providing inhabitants with daylight and fresh air from multiple orientations, while also allocating green space atop the building’s various heights.

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Reinforcing the tower’s flowing appearance is a gradient of high-performance glass that has been optimized for solar performance according to the variations in floorplate size. To create the building’s stepped edges, “walking columns” align to the outer corners of the floor plates as they step in and out across the frustums.

Consultant Team

bKL Architecture, architect of record

Gensler, hotel architect

HBA, interior architect

Magnusson Klemencic Associates, structural engineer

dbHMS, MEP/FP design assist, LEED consultant, IT

Mackie Consultants, civil engineer

Ground Engineering Consultants, Inc. (GEC), geotechnical engineers

RWDI, wind engineer

OLIN, landscape architect

Curtainwall Design Consulting, façade consultant

CD+M, hotel lighting consultant

Cini-Little, hotel kitchen consultant

FSS, vertical transportation consultant

Hugh Lighting Design, residential lighting design

WT Group / Innovative Aquatic Design, swimming pool consultant

Kimley-Horn, traffic consultant

Lee Herzog Consulting, façade access consultant

Shiner Acoustics, acoustic consultant

Simeone Deary Design Group, hotel public space interior design

McHugh, general contractor


Winner, AIA Chicago People's Choice Award, 2023

Citation of Merit, AIA Chicago Design Excellence Awards, Architecture - XL Category, 2023

Award of Excellence, Best Tall Building 300-399 meters, Audience & Category Winner, CTBUH Awards, 2022

Award of Excellence, Best Tall Mixed-Use Building, Audience Winner, CTBUH Awards, 2022

Award of Excellence, Best Tall Building Americas, Audience Winner, CTBUH Awards, 2022



The Plan — “Sculptured High-Rise"

The Plan — “Sculptured High-Rise"

The St. Regis Chicago is highlighted in the current issue of the magazine.

"There are few prospects more thrilling than your first view of downtown Chicago's clustered towers as you head north on Lakeshore Drive, and Gang has enriched this ensemble with a landmark that is also a thoughtful response to context and climate."


Architectural Record — "Aquamarine"

Architectural Record — "Aquamarine"

"With the St. Regis, a turquoise riverfront tower, Studio Gang adds another innovative form to the Chicago skyline."


St. Regis Chicago Named Best Tall Building by CTBUH

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat recognizes the St. Regis Chicago for two Awards of Excellence, named "Best Tall Building 300-399 meters" as well as "Best Tall Mixed-Use Building" for 2022.


The Wall Street Journal — "A Sculptural Skyscraper for Chicago"

The Wall Street Journal — "A Sculptural Skyscraper for Chicago"

Architecture Critic Michael Lewis calls The St. Regis Chicago "easily the most important addition to the Chicago skyline in a generation—no small feat in America’s most celebrated architectural city."

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Chicago Magazine — “Between Water and Sky”

Chicago Magazine — “Between Water and Sky”

"Soaring from the river’s edge, Jeanne Gang’s St. Regis Chicago is one of the most significant additions to the skyline in a generation."


Chicago Tribune — “An exclusive look at Jeanne Gang’s Vista Tower, now Chicago’s third-tallest building”

Chicago Tribune — “An exclusive look at Jeanne Gang’s Vista Tower, now Chicago’s third-tallest building”

"With its sleek, swelling curves and sophisticated environmental approach, it refreshes Chicago’s historic role in tall building design and charts bold new directions in skyscraper style."


WIRED — “The City-Sculpting Buildings of Chicago’s Biggest Architect”

“Gang is one of those unicorns of architecture: a designer who is not only widely respected for her research, but has, through strategic practicality and an uncanny ability to convince clients to go further than they think they can, crossed the line into building on a large scale.”


Le Moniteur — "Avec la tour Vista, l’architecte Jeanne Gang chahute l’horizon de Chicago"

Le Moniteur — "Avec la tour Vista, l’architecte Jeanne Gang chahute l’horizon de Chicago"

"Sur les bords du lac Michigan, aux Etats-Unis, l’édifice qui culmine à 363 m sera livré l’année prochaine. La tour, qui sera la troisième plus haute de Chicago, soigne aussi son rapport au sol. L’édifice se soulève en son centre pour libérer un passage pour les promeneurs."