The Future of the Chicago Skyline: Current Developments in our City

Thursday Morning, June 13, 2019
8:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Harris Bank Auditorium 3rd Floor, Harris Bank Building 115 South LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois


The inspiration for this seminar originated from an article published online last August called “Chicago in 2023” which focused on six towers proposed to grace the skyline in the next 5 years. Some of these projects are well under construction, while others are in the early design stages and have yet to receive planning approval. We will focus on two of these projects at the seminar: One Chicago Place and The Vista tower.

As these tall towers are being built, several large urban design projects are slated for former industrial sites or neglected land, all within short proximity to the City’s center offering a connection to its urban fabric. Many of these developments are under construction such as The Lakeshore East development, while others are in the early planning stages: Lincoln Yards and One Central Station, to name a few. We will highlight two of these urban development projects at the seminar: The 78 being developed by Related Midwest and Southbank, being developed by Lend Lease.

There are many factors which go into the realization of these large projects, including economic, political, community and civic engagement, population growth demand and timing to make them a reality. The case studies will discuss the following objectives and demonstrate how they helped shaped each project:

1. What are the visions and aspirations of the owners, developers and designers that shape these large-scale projects in terms of height and density and how are they manifested in the massing and designs of the built forms?

2. How are these projects incorporating sustainable principles and strategies towards making Chicago, a City for the 21st century and beyond? What are the specific environmental and sustainable goals of the projects and developers for their projects and users?

3. How are large urban developments factoring in existing and new City infrastructure such as transportation and streets, the river, and public amenities to connect the new projects back to the city? Many of these former industrial and neglected/under-used sites were cut off from their neighboring communities and are now being re-incorporated into the city and the Chicago River.

4. How do developers and designers work out the appropriate mix of uses/program for a site, or building, to attain an economically successful project? What standards do developers use to balance the need for amenities and sales?


$150.00 Members of CCHRB or of a co-sponsoring organization
$175.00 Non-members
$50.00 Students [Student identification will be required at check-in].

Large Firm Discounts of 5 tickets for the price of 4 are available.
Discount is payable on the website by selecting this option in the CCHRB Store.
Forms for registration by mail and large firm discounts can also be downloaded from the Mail-in registration must be postmarked no later than June 7, 2019.

CTBUH Members will receive discounted registration. To secure the discount, simply go to the payment page and choose the member Payment option (option D) for the half-day seminar ticket.

Additional Information

Ms Jane Cameron, FAIA, [email protected] or 312-755-4654
Mr Lucas Tryggestad, AIA, [email protected] or 312-360-4184
Mr Doug King, AIA, [email protected] or 312-208-9587

Continuing Education

Four hours of HSW continuing education credits are available for members of AIA. A certificate for 4 hours of continuing education will be provided upon request for others. A handout will be available with reporting directions, or information and will be found on the CCHRB Website at


7:15 am: Commence Registration – Continental Breakfast Provided

8:00 am: Welcome – Michael Wysockey, CCHRB Chair, Doug King,
CCHRB Seminar Task Force Chair

8:05 am: Opening Speaker – “The Future of the Chicago Skyline-Current Developments in our City”, by Richard Wilson, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill

8:25 am: Presentation 1: “The 78”– An Urban design case study
presented by Thomas Hussey, SOM and Michael Pfeffer,
Related Midwest.

9:10 am: Presentation 2: “Union Station commercial development/
One Chicago Square” Architectural Case studies of
Commercial and residential towers– Joachim Schuessler,
Goettsch Partners and Jim Letchinger, JDL Developments
(One Chicago Square).

9:55 am: Coffee Break

10:15 am: Presentation 3: “Southbank- a new community along the
Chicago River” – presented by Tom Weeks and Linda
Kozloski, Lend Lease and Greg Tamborino, Perkins+Will

11:15 am: Presentation 4- “Vista Tower” Presented by Juliane Wolf,
Studio Gang and Charlie Hasbrouck, bKL Architects.

12:15 am: Round Table Discussion and Q+A Moderated by Doug King

12:45 am: Conclusion