Vista Tower premier party: A-listers and killer views

It was one heckuva premier party celebrating the extraordinary architecture of Vista Tower by design wunderkind Jeanne Gang at 345 E. Wacker Drive on March 31. The grand opening of Magellan Development Group’s Vista Sales Gallery attracted over 300 A-listers who enjoyed a first look into the luxurious lifestyle of Vista Residences, a 95 story luxury condo/hotel tower to be completed in 2020.

Deputy Mayor Steve Koch, Jeanne Gang, Chicago’s leading architect, Sean Linnane, Senior Vice President of Magellan Development and Michael Purefoy, Deputy General Manager of Project Management, Wanda Group, all shared remarks about the extraordinary project and the impact Vista Tower will have on Chicago.

During the festive and informative evening, Dave Beran, James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Food & Wine Best New Chef, presented three, live cooking demonstrations in the Vista Gallery Kitchen including a caviar dish with whipped beurre blanc on toast, truffle egg custard in the shell and a white chocolate and menthol candy bar. Yummy!

Mixologist Brandon Phillips, recently named Chicago Tribune’s Bartender of the Year, created an inspiring collection of cocktails. Guests also enjoyed a raw bar presentation of shrimp, snow crab claws and Blue Point oysters presented on gorgeous, over-sized rock crystal bowls from Blue Plate Catering.

Rock Violinist, Katarina Visnevska, provided live musical accompaniment while guests explored the Vista Sales Gallery, due to open April 4. In the 10,000 square-foot space, a viewing room featured three walls of floor to ceiling 10' video tiles that offered aerial views from every floor and exposures that featured sunset, evening and morning views that had been previously captured by a drone. A scale model of Lakeshore East, that included the Vista, provided a great photo opp. Interactive floor plans, a model bathroom, a gem vault, a functioning Snaidero model kitchen and more completed the display.

Renowned Chicago eventeur Tom Kehoe (Kehoe Designs), created a refined and modern evening to complement the luxurious and contemporary feel of Vista Tower. A dramatic cascading Vista flower wall with gem colored candles and sleek floral arrangements provided another backdrop for photos.

Guests seen on the scene included Susan and Joel Carlins, Yvette and Rick Cusack, JP Anderson, David Zivan, Dominic DiFrisco, Susan Wexler-Mazzoni, Nina Mariano, Kathy Brock, Marion Brooks, Tom Kehoe, Katie Berger, J.R. Berger, Deputy Mayor Steve Koch, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Marion Brooks, Chuck Jordan, Liza Sweitzer, Todd Woolman, Zoe Ryan, Tony Karman, Michael Purefoy, Robin Loewenberg Tebbe and Mark Tebbe and Susanna Homan among others.

Upon completion, the 95 story tower will be the third tallest tower in Chicago after Willis and Trump. (Photos by Barry Brecheisen)

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