It's been just four short months since crews scored a foundation permit for an office development at 609 W. Randolph Street, and already the 15-story structure is topped out, according to general contractor Skender.

On Friday crews hoised a ceremonial beam to the top of the 211-foot-tall structure, which fills a narrow parking lot in the so-called West Loop Gate (the area between the Chicago River and the Kennedy Expressway).

Antunovich Associates

Developed by Vista Property Group, the upcoming project cantilevers over an existing five-story commercial building at the corner of Randolph and Jefferson. The older structure will be incorporated into the larger development. 

Chicago architecture firm Antunovich Associates designed the new building with a masonry and steel facade with warehouse-inspired windows that complement its historic neighbor and other older buildings in the area. The plan includes ground-floor commercial space and no on-site parking.

City officials approved zoning for the estimated $25 million project in late 2020. The development team contributed roughly $1 million to the city's Neighborhood Opportunity Fund for extra density.  

The building is on track to open in early 2022. It includes post-COVID features such as indoor air quality monitoring and smart technology for touchless access and will be seeking WELL certification, according to the development team. 

609 W. Randolph officially tops off.Courtesy Skender