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  • April 20th, 2017
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As Seen in Chicagobusiness.com

 

Another of three high-rises changing the city’s riverfront has been completed. The 54-story tower at 150 N. Riverside stands on a narrow structure between seven active Amtrak rail lines and the river.

The building is part of three unrelated high-rise projects near the spot where the Chicago River branches out to form a Y. Those projects include River Point, which has recently been completed, and Wolf Point, a three-tower project. At the Kennedy family’s Wolf Point, a 48-story apartment tower has been completed and an even bigger high-rise is ready to break ground next door.

The largely open nature of the base of the North Riverside building allowed for the majority of the two-acre site to be used as a landscaped public park an ampitheater and pedestrian walkways overlooking the river.

Designed by the architecture firm Goettsch Partners, the building has 1.25 million rentable square feet, restaurants, a fitness center, a conference center and 72 parking spaces.

Construction of 150 N. Riverside was a feat of engineering. Tight constraints, the risk of building on top of tracks and the off-peak hour construction necessitated by the location complicated construction, said Joachim Schuessler, principal at Goettsch. “It’s repairing the urban fabric in this spot,” he said.

A grand opening event to kick off summer on the Riverwalk is set Saturday May 20th. The event will feature art, music and entertainment to ring in the first summer season of the recently-completed 1.25 mile promenade.

 

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