Client Related Midwest
Location Chicago, IL
Status Completed in 2014

OneEleven converted a long-abandoned eyesore on the Chicago River into a 58-story luxury residential building.

OneEleven was originally designed as an 89-story hotel by a separate firm, but was halted mid-construction, Chicago’s most prominent symbol of the recession. The 28-story building shell sat untouched for five years. In 2011, Handel Architects was engaged to salvage the shell, as well as add an additional 30 stories on top. The building was reprogrammed to luxury residences, turning elements such as an unusually expansive lobby space to the advantage of the design.

Created as a series of interlocking blocks, the tower responds to both the river and its neighbors in the form of a cut that runs from the base to the penthouses, wrapping the building in a recessed glass ribbon. Ascending the building, the ribbon creates opportunities for green space and balconies; at the 25th floor, it ties into the setback of its western neighbor before wrapping again into a green roof atop the building podium and continuing skyward. 

Converting the structure involved creating a new grid on top of the existing podium structure, and to accommodate offsets between tower and podium grids, crews erected a 60-inch thick, two-way post-tension transfer slab on the structure’s 30th floor, an undertaking involving 2,253 cubic yards of 6,000-psi concrete and two continuous pours, one of which occurred over a period of 17 hours.

The tower mends a gap on the waterfront, completing the assemblage of one of the most powerful architectural experiences in the city. OneEleven opened in 2014 and includes over 500 apartments. In January 2015, the building was sold, setting a new price record for apartment buildings in Chicago.

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Interiors were designed with rich interior finishes promoting an urban, environmentally sustainable lifestyle. 

Residences at  feature wide-plank flooring throughout the living areas, Snaidero cabinetry, polished quartz countertops and white marble mosaic tile backsplashes in kitchens, 9- to 10-foot ceilings, spacious customized closets, stainless steel appliances, and full-size washer and dryer units.

Building amenities include lounge areas with city and river views, billiards and screening rooms, and a fitness center overlooking the river. The amenity level also features an indoor spa pool with a retractable wall that opens to a two-tiered sun deck and terrace, complete with a fire pit, private cabanas and outdoor kitchens. 

Rags to Riches: How Chicago's 111 West Wacker Finally Got Built

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2015 Best Residential/Hospitality Project - ENR Midwest Distinguished Building Award - AIA Chicago Chicago Building Congress Merit Award - Over $55 Million - New Construction Chicago ULI Chicago Vision Award - Urban Land Institute (ULI) Development of the Year - Chicago Commercial Real Estate Awards Nominee, Best Tall Building Americas - CTBUH


Design Architect

Design Partner(s)

Architect of Record - Epstein Interior Designer - KMD




Steve Hall @ Hedrich Blessing Kevin Dickert Lester Ali Scott Frances / OTTO A. Zahner Company