Magellan Development Group Hosts Kickoff Party for 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial

Event Held at Sales Gallery of the Monumental Vista Tower to Coincide with Biennial Theme “Make New History”

CHICAGO – September 7, 2017 – On Tuesday, September 5, Jack Guthman, Chicago Architecture Biennial Board Chair, and Robin Tebbe, Chief Marketing Officer, Magellan Development Group, welcomed 150 Chicagoans to kick off the second Chicago Architecture Biennial at the Vista Sales Gallery. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Sharon Johnston, Co-Artistic Director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, gave remarks on the biennial, the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America.

This year’s biennial theme, “Make New History,” perfectly matched the event’s location: the Vista Sales Gallery. At completion, Vista Tower will forever change the Chicago skyline, becoming the city’s third tallest building.

“We were honored to welcome Mayor Emmanuel and guests to the Vista Sales Gallery for this special event,” said Robin Loewenberg Tebbe. “As longtime supporters of the local art and design community, we were happy to return as sponsors for this year’s biennial event as we continue to make strides on an architectural spectacle of our own, being Vista Tower.”

While meandering through the Vista Sales Gallery, guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres including bacon-wrapped dates, chicken parmesan bites and bang bang shrimp catered by Paramount Events as well as the musical stylings of DJ Brent Rolland of Fig Media. Guests also heard from renowned artist Nick Cave, SAIC: Fashion Design Department Chair, and Studio Design Director Claire Cahan of Studio Gang, the award-winning architecture firm behind Vista Tower.

Later in September, Nick Cave and Jeanne Gang will unite audiences at Navy Pier for a special performance. Wearing Cave’s iconic “soundsuits” and incorporating objects designed by Studio Gang, performers will delight audience members with a lively, interactive experience.


Vista Tower is the vision and design influence of Magellan Development Group, in coordination with Studio Gang, Dalian Wanda Group, Hirsch Bedner Associates and bKL Architecture. Vista Residences will feature more than 400 condominiums and the five-star Wanda Vista Hotel will include approximately 200 hotel rooms. The grand opening of the Wanda Vista Hotel and Vista Residences is slated for late 2019.

For more information on Vista Residences or to inquire about the property, contact Senior Vice President of Sales at Lakeshore East Leila Zammatta at (312) 675.4816 or visit the Vista Sales Gallery at 345 E. Wacker Drive in Chicago by appointment. For more information, please visit:


Magellan Development Group is a family-owned company that was founded in 1996 and the premier developer of mixed-use properties in Chicago and other major U.S. cities, including Minneapolis, Miami, Nashville, and Somerville, MA.

From conception to completion, Magellan looks after all aspects of the development process and has unique experience in interrelated fields of real estate design, construction management, development, development consultation, architecture, leasing, sales and marketing.

Magellan is responsible for the Lakeshore East masterplan and development, which is regarded as one of the most vibrant communities in the city of Chicago. The Lakeshore East community is an example of Magellan’s commitment to environmentally-sensitive urban communities, innovative design and high-quality construction. Since its founding, Magellan Development has completed over 25 large-scale, residential and mixed-use projects.

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The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, showcasing the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in these fields. This year’s Biennial features over 141 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme “Make New History.” Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee selected architects and artists whose eye-opening creations will invite the public to explore how the latest architecture can and will make new history in places around the world. The main exhibition is free and open to the public from September 16, 2017 through January 7, 2018. The premiere opening in 2017 is in alignment with EXPO CHICAGO, which will take place September 13-17 at Navy Pier‎.

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