The extravagant views from The Montgomery

Head just a mile west of the lake and, if you’re able to find a vantage point a few hundred feet above the ground, you’ll be in big sky country and be treated to sweeping views of the city and skyline. You’ll also see that what a recent Crain’s Chicago Business article called a developer stampede into River North will not encounter a shortage of vacant lots.

These shots were taken late yesterday morning from the roof of The Montgomery, 500 W Superior St, in River North. The 28-story former corporate headquarters of Montgomery Ward was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, completed in 1972, and converted to condos in 2004. The structure’s most distinctive feature is the concrete shear wall cores, clad in travertine, that brace its four corners.

You can see more of YoChicago’s panoramic and aerial views of the city at Flickr.


  • David 6 years

    Man, great photos. Both of the skyline and the great potential right below you. The city should find a way to sell off this land to private hands and also require a percentage of the units to be affordable, etc. The land values alone would help Chicago’s budget shortfall immediately and the annual property and sales tax revenue from those living there would provide a future revenue stream for years to come.

    Many “old” neighborhoods where those in 20-30Y age bracket would start to live (LP, Lakeview, etc.) have seen many multi-family residences turn into single family residences which has driven down many rental options. As the tribune article mentions today, many are finding the benefits to living downtown with close proximity to work. River North is really becoming a live, work, play environment. If the tech industry continues to grow and the economy improves overall, the opportunity to link LP and River North will provide Chicago a chance to create a great new neighborhood.