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611 South Wells Street, Chicago, IL


Chicago's Vetro
Building Information
Developer Roszak/ADC
Architect Roszak/ADC
Number of Units 233
Number of Floors 31
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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611 South Wells Street, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Over 50 options nearby
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning DX-12
Title of Land Condominium



The Vetro

Chicago's city center, known as the Loop, is the city's hub for finance, transportation, government, retail, tourism and culture. Chicago's ASears Tower, the city's most recognizable landmark, is located in this part of town, as are the Chicago Institute of Art and the Chicago Board of Trade. Millennium Park offers Loop residents have an oasis of open air and outdoor space in this land of high density and lofty skyscrapers.

The Loop also boasts a fantastic theater district and the second best shopping in Chicago with its Magnificent Mile. The Loop's culinary options are varied and abundant with coffee shops and delis on nearly every corner and an impressive array of highly rated restaurants to be found in the neighborhood. The Loop is where the energy of the downtown buzz combines with the spirit of urban living.

Chicago's Loop is not just a nearby commuter home for workers but a genuine residential neighborhood with thousands of condos and lofts mixed in among the office buildings and hotels.[1]

Vetro is the Italian word for Glass, and the name is completely appropriate for this sparkling tower in Chicago's downtown Loop. A wide array of creative floor plans consisting of high ceilings and open living spaces provide expansive cityscape views from every room. Vetro was designed to provide a balance of light, space and functionality using concrete, glass and steel, to create a modern and livable environment.

Standing 31 stories, Vetro sports 233 residences and an array of amenities complimenting today's urban lifestyle. Whether you prefer to sweat it out in the Fitness Center, unwind in morning Yoga or Pilates class, or relax after a hard week sunbathing on the outdoor Level 7 Terrace, there's a wealth of activities for resident's leisure time.[2]


Vetro is located at the corner of South Wells Street and West Harrison Street at the far South of Chicago's downtown Loop neighborhood.

While the Loop's name might be thought to originate from the circular circuit of the elevated train, known as the "L", that circles downtown, the title actually originates from a previous public transportation system that no longer exists. Many years before the "L" existed, Chicago was serviced by a streetcar network. The streetcar followed a track that looped around the busy business district, leading to the area being nicknamed "The Loop."

The "L"
Transportation was a key feature in the Loop in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Chicago was an important railway hub for the nation and was connected to the outside world via a meandering spiderweb of tracks. While the railroads ran straight to downtown, travel within the city was mainly by streetcar, horse and buggy, bicycle, pushcart and leisurely stroll. In 1892, the elevated "L" rail opened to the public and residents could ride for the lofty cost of a nickel. Today, the cost of a ride has ballooned to $2, and the "L" trains combine with the subway system to take riders around the Loop and out to areas as far north as the suburb of Evanston, as far south as 95th Street and to both Midway and O'Hare international airports.

After the Great Fire of 1871, the citizens of Chicago got to the job of rebuilding and by the mid 1870s, evidence of the epic disaster was a mere memory and the Loop was again a thriving metropolitan centre. In 1885 the city's first skyscraper, designed by architect William Le Baron Jenney, was constructed on the northeast corner of Adams and LaSalle streets. The nine story building might be considered a pygmy by today's standards, but at the time, its load-bearing structure was a revolutionary accomplishment that would transform the Chicago skyline.

At the turn of the 19th century, the Loop was a growing architectural center with the largest concentration of skyscrapers in the world. Jenney's design led to additional advancements in the structural design of high-rises allowing architects to build up in a way that had not been possible in the past. In 1900, the Masonic Temple (which was demolished in 1932) became the world's tallest building soaring to a height of 302 feet with over 20 stories. It was designed by John W. Root and Daniel H. Burham, a respected team that were part of a generation of forward thinking architects responsible for putting Chicago on the world's architectural map.[3]


Vetro tower
Vetro, which translated from Italian means glass, is the child of the Roszak/Architecture Development and Construction company. The building was named because of the unique use of blue tinted glass to cover the entire exterior of the condominium. The modernist style building is a combination of glass, concrete and steel creates a modern feel that still retains the feel of Chicago's classic neighborhoods.

The 98.84 meter tall building was built using concrete construction on a caisson foundation. A caisson is a shaft of concrete placed under a building column or wall and extending down to hard-pan or rock. It is typically used to permit excavation to proceed inside and also provides protection for the workers against collapse of soil. The term caisson covers a wide range of foundation structures that may be open, pneumatic, or floating type; deep or shallow; large or small; and of circular, square, or rectangular cross section.

The walls may consist of timber, temporary or permanent steel shells, or thin or massive concrete. Large caissons are used as foundations for bridge piers, deep-water wharves, and other structures. Small caissons are used singly or in groups to carry such loads as building columns. Caissons are used where they provide the most feasible method of passing obstructions or where soil cannot otherwise be kept out of the bottom.[4]

Vetro's glass face is constructed as a curtain wall facade. A curtain wall system is an outer covering of a building in which the outer walls are non-structural, but designed to keep the elements out. A curtain wall is non-structural and can therefor, be made of a lightweight material reducing construction costs. When glass is used as the curtain wall, as it is at the Vetro, natural light can penetrate deeper within the building. The curtain wall façade does not carry any dead load weight from the building other than its own dead load weight. The wall transfers horizontal wind loads that are incident upon it to the main building structure through connections at floors or columns of the building.[5]

Thomas Roszak Architecture, LLC and related companies have designed, built and developed over $1 Billion of real estate over the last 20 years. Thomas Roszak is a licensed architect in IL and AZ. He received his 5-year accredited bachelor degree in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago. Architectural Digest named Thomas Roszak among the World's Top Architects in May 2005. Roszak also won the American Institute of Architects 2008 National Award for Interior Architecture for his own residence, the glasshouse.[6]

Layout and Features

Vetro sports apartments ranging from studios with 523 square feet of space to penthouses with over 2000 square feet of usable space. Suites come in one of over ten different floor plans and there are five variations for one of the ten penthouses. A number of the two bedroom condos come with a den and on every fourth floor there is n apartment unit designed with a spacious living area that is devoid of columns. Apartments feature 9 foot ceilings at floors while penthouses offer an airy feeling with 11 foot ceilings. Floor to ceiling glass with operable vents assure plenty of light and air for residents.

Units feature solid core maple entry doors, wood flooring in the entry, living, dining and work areas with luxury wall to wall carpeting in bedrooms. Apartments are pre-wired for security systems as well as wiring for multi-line high speed telephone service.

The building offers private balconies with a painted aluminum railing and glass screen wall and kitchens come equipped with Frigidaire stainless steel appliances and Kohler double bowl stainless steel sinks with Grohe one-touch faucets. Counter tops and island tops are ¾" eased edge, granite and kitchens are finished with designer cabinets from Aya and Poliform with 42" uppers.

Bathrooms are luxuriously appointed with marble vanity tops 5'6" steel soaker tubs with enamel finish or shower.[7]

Floor Plans

The Vetro features a wide range of floor plans with studio, one bedroom and two bedroom units. There are a several one, two and three three bedroom penthouses. Sizes range from 523 square feet up to 1525 square feet for standard units and 1869 square feet to 2067 square feet for penthouses.


The Vetro sports several upscale amenities for residents on the seventh floor. Amenities include a fitness room, bathrooms and drinking fountains, a multipurpose room with kitchenette, Pilates and yoga room and outdoor sunbathing terrace. Resident's technology needs are taken into account with every room pre-wired for high speed Internet access, phone lines and cable television.

Nearby are all the benefits of downtown Chicago, including Millennium Park which occupies a nearly 25-acre plot of land. The park is a great spot to stroll through gardens, have a picnic on the grass, see live concerts or enjoy a breathtaking view of the city skyline. Sporting events and concerts at Soldier Field as well as cultural and artistic exhibits in the Theater District provide limitless entertainment not far from the Vetro.


Vetro Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

Pets and rentals are allowed at the Vetro There is no age restriction for residents


The Vetro uses energy efficient heating and cooling systems to provide comfort at a lower cost and an environmentally responsible way.

Additionally, residents can live a greener lifestyle by doing things such as switching to CFL or LED light bulbs for their homes, recycling as much waste as possible and by limiting the use of a car for their day to day needs.

The wealth of shops, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues nearby mean that nearly all day to day errands can be accomplished on foot.

Easy availability of more than 50 transit routes and car shares nearby mean that car ownership can be optional for residents.[8]


The Bean at Millenium PArk
  • Nearby Millennium Park features a massive oval-shaped structure titled "Cloud Gate" but affectionately called the "Bean" by Chicago residents. It is usually surrounded by bemused spectators examining the distorted reflections of themselves and the city skyline in its shiny, stainless steel surface. Another interesting installation at the park is the towering, rectangular-shape interactive twin waterfalls that display video images of Chicago residents' faces that unsuspectingly spray water out of their mouths over anyone who comes near.
  • Roosevelt University's Auditorium Building has served many different purposes since it was built in 1890. With 17 floors, the Auditorium is considered the city's oldest high-rise. Designed by prominent Chicago architects Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, the Auditorium was initially built as the city's opera house with an adjoining hotel and office space.


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