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OneEleven, Chicago in May 2016.jpg
OneEleven in Chicago (May 2016)
Former names111 W. Wacker
Waterview Tower
General information
TypeRental residences
Location111 West Wacker Drive
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Coordinates41°53′11″N 87°37′53″W / 41.88639°N 87.63139°W / 41.88639; -87.63139Coordinates: 41°53′11″N 87°37′53″W / 41.88639°N 87.63139°W / 41.88639; -87.63139
Construction started2012
OwnerHeitman (as of January 2015)
Roof630 ft (190 m)
Technical details
Floor count58 (4 below ground)
Floor area940,002 sq ft (87,329.0 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firmHandel Architects (originally Thomas Hoepf (Teng and Associates, Inc.))
DeveloperRelated Midwest (originally Teng and Associates, Inc. & Waterview LLC)
Structural engineerHalvorson and Partners
Services engineerCosentini
Main contractorLend Lease (originally Teng Construction, LLC)

OneEleven (formerly 111 W. Wacker and Waterview Tower) is a luxury rental apartment tower located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The building is located between LaSalle Street and Clark Street, adjacent to River North and directly on the Chicago River.

The building was developed by Related Midwest in a joint venture with Clark Wacker LLC and designed by architect Gary Handel of Handel Architects LLP. Kara Mann of Kara Mann Design was selected for interior design. OneEleven was completed in 2014.

OneEleven stands 630 feet (190 m) tall and has 504 units throughout its 60 stories. The building has 470 total parking spaces, approximately 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of amenity space, and 32,000 square feet (3,000 m2) of retail space.[1] The tower was built on Wacker Drive between LaSalle Street and Clark Street, where a parking lot had been. The building's official address is 111 W. Wacker Drive.

Design and architecture[edit]

OneEleven was designed as a retrofit for the abandoned Waterview Tower project of which only 26 floors were ever completed. The old building was salvaged and renovated. The original stone façade of the building was removed in favor of a glass exterior, and an additional 34 floors were added to its height. Where the old and new sections of building meet there is an amenities level with indoor pool, sun deck, firepit and outdoor kitchens.


Construction began in 2005 and continued through May 2008, when construction ceased on the original Waterview Tower after the parking garage portion and most of the hotel floors were completed.[6]

The first 26 floors of OneEleven were originally part of Waterview Tower, which was intended to be a 92-story luxury 1,047-foot-tall (319 m) hotel and condominium before financial setbacks caused construction to halt in 2008. It was initially planned to have parking for guests and residents on floors 2 to 11. A setback at the 29th-floor level would have held a rooftop garden, in addition to being the amenities level for all building guests and residents. The remaining 30th through 88th floors were to have comprised 233 condominium and penthouse residences. The building was originally designed to be a concrete building with an exterior wall made of glass, granite, and aluminum to generate a prismatic look.

In 2011, developer Related Midwest took an interest in the abandoned tower and conducted an engineering study of the property to determine if any of the existing structure was salvageable. The results of the study were favorable and it was decided to renovate and add on to the old tower.

In 2012, 111 West Wacker Partners LLC, the new Joint Venture, proposed a completely new design that re-purposed the existing structure into a luxury rental tower to better suit the current real estate market. As a result, the building will no longer contain a hotel and condominiums, but contain 506 rental units, an expansive first-floor retail space and 439 parking spaces. The new building, designed by Handel Architects, is substantially smaller in height at 59 stories and 630 ft (190 m) tall.[7]

In January 2015, just about six months after its opening, developer Related sold the whole building for $328,225,000 to Heitman. The average price of $651,000 per unit reportedly set a record for apartment buildings in Chicago.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Waterview Tower". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  2. ^ "OneEleven". CTBUH Skyscraper Center.
  3. ^ OneEleven at Emporis
  4. ^ "OneEleven". SkyscraperPage.
  5. ^ OneEleven at Structurae
  6. ^ Wayne Lorentz. "OneEleven". Chicago Architecture. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Related Sells Chicago's OneEleven Tower at Record Price". CTBUH. Chicago. January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2016.

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