A building's "topping out," i.e. completion of the top floor of its structural skeleton, is a major milestone.
If all goes according to plan the 49-story, 499-unit Coast, 345 E Wacker, will open in February, making it the first of half a dozen new high-rises slated for completion next year.
The 45-story, 500-unit 500 N Lake Shore Drive tower is targeting May occupancy.
Overall nearly 2,700 new apartments will be added to the downtown rental market next year.