The West Loop is getting yet another skyscraper. Chicago’s Plan Commission has given the green light to 150 North Riverside, the precarious-looking tower that will be wedged between the Amtrak tracks leading into Union Station. All that’s left now is city council approval, which is traditionally a rubber stamp affair.
The tower is designed by friends-of-the-blog, Goettsch Partners, VIEW FULL
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Developers and engineers with a background in high-rise deal-making and problem-solving have released plans for an office tower and a park covering an empty riverfront block downtown from Lake to Randolph streets.
The estimated $450 million project involves building over commuter railroad tracks that serve Union Station. The tracks, plus city-owned land that slices through the 2.5-acre parcel, pose complications that have kept the site near Boeing Co.’s headquarters vacant for more than 50 years. VIEW FULL
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By Blair Kamin, Tribune critic
Against a backdrop of soon-to-be-finished apartment towers that seem destined to achieve nothing more than competent banality, it was refreshing last week to experience a jolt of broad-shouldered boldness, courtesy of a high-rise plan for a high-profile spot along the Chicago River.
The gutsy proposal, unveiled Wednesday by VIEW FULL
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RIVER WEST — A lot has changed about the development proposal for 150 N. Riverside Place since renderings were first circulated earlier this month.
Plans to use TIF funding were scrapped, the number of parking spaces was reduced to 81, and developer John O’Donnell has vowed to dedicate 75 percent of the site’s footprint to public greenspace. VIEW FULL