NEMA (Chicago)
General information
Location1210 South Indiana Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Estimated completion2019
ManagementCrescent Heights
Roof896 feet (273.1 m)
Technical details
Floor count76
Design and construction
ArchitectRafael Viñoly
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates
Main contractorJames McHugh Construction Co.
Other information
Number of units800

NEMA (Chicago) (also 1210 South Indiana and formerly 113 East Roosevelt or One Grant Park) is a 76-story residential skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois in the Central Station neighborhood, of the Near South Side. The tower, built by developer Crescent Heights, has 800 apartments and rises 896 feet (273.1 m) making it the city's tallest rental apartment building.[2][3][4] NEMA is currently the eighth-tallest building in Chicago and the forty first-tallest building in the United States. It is the tallest all-rental residential building in the city.[5]

NEMA is designed by Rafael Viñoly as the first of a three phase development that includes an even taller 648-unit structure as the second phase and a 100-unit townhouse development with a public park as the third phase.[6][7] Building interiors are designed by David Rockwell.[8]


Despite the financial crisis of 2007–08 and the resulting softening market in 2007, Gerald Fogelson, co-chairman and chief executive of Central Station Development Corp., had sought approval for a 73-story Grant Park Tower III at the 113 East Roosevelt location in 2008.[9][10] An 83-story Grant Park Tower IV at Michigan and Roosevelt was also planned to begin preconstruction sales in 2009.[9] Miami developer Crescent Heights acquired the real estate for the development in 2012 for $29.5 million.[11] The development was presented in a community meeting on September 22, 2015.[7] The Chicago Plan Commission approved the development on November 19, 2015 in a meeting that also resulted in the approval of the Wanda Vista tower.[12] The building will be located on a 1-acre (4,047 m2) site once used for Illinois Central Railroad tracks in the 1960s.[13][11] On January 4, 2017, the name of the building was changed to One Grant Park after a 203 million financing loan was announced for the 792-unit, 829-foot, 76-story, luxury residential building.[14][15] In 2018, the name was changed again to NEMA, a lifestyle brand with sister buildings in San Francisco and a project in development in Boston.[16] During the second quarter of 2019, occupants began taking residence.[17][18] In mid-2019 Crescent Heights refinanced its original construction loans with KKR Real Estate Finance Trust in order to lower its interest rates by about 80 basis points. By that time, 35 percent of the apartments had been leased.[17]

The development sits adjacent to the southwest corner of Grant Park.[19] Originally, the name 113 East Roosevelt was associated with the whole three phase development and reflects the address on Roosevelt Road (at the corner of Indiana Avenue) of Phase I of the development. To its west Phase II of the development will occur and will be a residential building at Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue. Phase III of the development is for townhouses and a public park on Indiana Avenue to the east of the two towers.[7][11] The designs of the towers in the development feature architectural elements, such as “square structural bays of varying stacked heights” that pay homage to Willis Tower.[20][21] Similar to Willis Tower, the building uses a "bundled tube" configuration, consisting of nine interlocked steel tubes as its framing system, and concrete walls extending to perimeter columns for wind protection.[22] An alternate address for the location is 1210 South Indiana Avenue.[14]

The building is the tallest residential apartment tower in Chicago.[23][24] It is taller than any building on the South Side of Chicago, surpassing its neighbor One Museum Park.[11]

The building has 70,000 square feet of amenities,[25] including an outdoor Grant Park and Lake Michigan viewing platform; co-working space; a fitness center and spa with basketball, squash, yoga and a regulation-size boxing ring; golf simulator; indoor / outdoor swimming pool; game room; kids room; and a private dining ballroom.[26]

See also


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