The journey to bring The St. Regis Chicago to life was exciting, powerful, and was the accumulation of much hard work. Interested in knowing about the construction from the beginning of the lifespan to today? 

Once The St. Regis Chicago building in Chicago opened its doors in 2023, the skyscraper has received plaudits and positive reviews for the seamless architectural footprint to the Windy City.

Take a glance, here, at the milestones that have occurred since the tower’s groundbreaking in 2016.

Groundbreaking in 2016

In September of 2016, the tower broke ground in the Lakeshore East neighborhood. The highly-anticipated kick off was celebrated by Magellan Development Group, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Brendan Reilly, and Jeanne Gang, the architect. Those in attendance experienced a moment of history as Chicago’s third-tallest building began its ascent to becoming a member of the renowned skyline.

Image of groundbreaking at Vista Tower to indicate the beginning of Vista Tower construction in 2016

Groundbreaking at St. Regis Chicago (formerly known as Vista Tower) in 2016

Sales Gallery Opening in 2017

More than 300 guests gathered to celebrate the extraordinary architecture and design of the St. Regis Chicago at the grand opening of the Sales Gallery, located at 345 E. Wacker Drive. The evening featured distinctive elements, including a cascading flower wall, gem colored candles and sleek floral arrangements, as well as a tasteful menu and drinks inspired by natural elements to reflect the design of the property’s interior and exterior, and celebrate the progress of construction.

Image of celebration at Vista Tower Sales Gallery Opening celebrating Vista Tower construction progress and condo sales

Celebrating the Sales Gallery grand opening in 2018

Penthouse Sales in 2018

In a rigorous real estate market, St. Regis Chicago was thrilled to secure two high-priced penthouse condo sales, in anticipation of the tower’s completion date in 2020. The sale totaled $26.8 million and included one 10,640-square-foot residence on the 71st and 72nd floors and a 5,600-square-foot unit on the 74th floor, both a part of The St. Regis Chicago’s Sky 360 Residences. The homes offer expansive floor plans, luxurious finishes and features, as well as 360-degree panoramic views of the city and lakefront.

Rendering of finished luxury penthouse after Vista Tower completion date

St. Regis Chicago’s luxury penthouses sold in 2018

Construction Progress & Topping Out in 2019

A moment of significant progress for the highly-anticipated project came in April 2019 when The St. Regis building in Chicago reached its highest point at 101-stories as the Tower’s construction crew placed the final beam, signifying the topping out, and soaring at a height of 1,191 feet. The building’s completion date came in the summer of 2020.

Vista Tower construction crew documents documents laying the last beam in 2019

Construction crews lay the final beam in 2019

Entering Into The St. Regis Chicago Era in 2023

Whether you are an out-of-towner or staycation at The St. Regis Chicago Hotel, or you are seeking to purchase and make The St. Regis Chicago Residences your home, Vista Tower entered into a new era once it was renamed and was reintroduced to the Windy City as The St. Regis, located in Chicago’s thriving Lakeshore East neighborhood.

With the building’s opening of Miru, a Japanese cuisine focused restaurant with sweeping views of the city, as well as the introduction of the Italian eatery, Tre Dita.

Your interest is piqued; now see what makes The St. Regis Chicago a place that you’ll want to call home. Fill out our inquiry form to receive more information and schedule a tour.

Image of Chicago skyline from above showing Vista Tower’s construction progress and completion

A bird’s eye view of the city below celebrates the completion of The St. Regis Chicago in 2020