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Old June 12th, 2004, 12:51 PM   #1
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Old June 12th, 2004, 05:53 PM   #2
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I guess we should start with a basic list of what's going on at the moment. I think this is fairly inclusive (at least for the downtown market), but, I could be missing some stuff.

Office
111 S. Wacker (about 50% complete)
CTA Center (exterior nearly 100%)
Hyatt Center (exterior nearly 100%)
Lurie Medical Research Building (skeleton just about finished)
One South Dearborn (early stages - elevator core growing)
Prentice Women's Hospital (early stages)

Residential
1819 S. Michigan (haven't seen it yet)
Jefferson Place (exterior completed)
Lakeside on the Park (broke ground recently)
Michigan Avenue Tower (early stages)
Museum Point (about 50% complete)
ParVenu (looks about done to me)
Riverview II (exterior completed)
State Place (early stages - maybe 30%?)
The Bernadin (early stages - elevator core growing)
The Columbian (hasn't broken ground yet)
The Edge Lofts and Tower (exterior of loft section almost complete)
The Grand Orleans - (just broke ground this week)
The Heritage at Millennium Park - (should top out this week)
The Lancaster - (early stages, about 10 floors up)
The Pinnacle - (exterior nearly complete, just finishing roof)
The Shoreham - (early stages, about 10 floors up)
The Venetian - (looks done to me)
Two River Place - (exterior just finishing up)
University Center of Chicago - (exterior complete, interior almost done)
Waterview Tower - (pre-construction sales have begun)

** These are just downtown buildings. I don't pay too much attention to anything outside of the CBD.
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Old June 16th, 2004, 04:32 AM   #3
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Trump International Hotel & Tower is not on the list (1125 ft, 90 floors)
Sun-Times Building demolition will begin Sept. or Oct., shoulda broken ground in the summer though
 
Old June 16th, 2004, 08:10 AM   #4
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Yeah, I know it must seem like a glaring omission. But, I think it would be safest to limit the list to buildings that have actually begun construction. (I'm not quite sure why I put the Columbian on the list).

There are probably 100 more buildings that are at the same stage of approval as Trump Tower that aren't listed here... it's just too much to keep up with unless we really make sure projects are going to happen first.
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Old September 8th, 2004, 01:45 AM   #5
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This thread is such a great idea... let's resurrect it! At any rate, here's a shot today from Millennium Park looking at Museum Point Tower IV (or is it III?).

Museum Park: www.museumpark.com
Central Station: www.centralstationsouthloop.com

At any rate... looks topped out to me!

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Old September 8th, 2004, 04:20 AM   #6
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That looks like Museum Pointe [26 - 289' - 2005] topping out. . .
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Old September 8th, 2004, 05:14 PM   #7
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Isn't that what I said?
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Old September 17th, 2004, 11:13 PM   #8
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Okay... update time! Grabbed some more pictures on the way home from the studio today... sorry for this horrid quality on some of them (I needed to use digital zoom *blech*).

111 S. Wacker all topped out and the curtain-wall placed on the roof!


Workers installing exterior lighting on the garage at Clark and Lake (the north facade on Lake Street).


Close-up of the exterior lighting fixture and the material at the base of the Clark and Lake garage.


Western facade of the Clark and Lake garage.


Street level of the western facade of Clark and Lake garage.


And now, the top half of Hyatt Center at Monroe and Wacker.


More to come soon as always!
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Old September 18th, 2004, 12:42 AM   #9
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For a parking garage, it's pretty beautiful. It even looks better than a lot of river north highrises!

BTW, is that ground level retail that is being prepared?
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Old September 18th, 2004, 07:45 AM   #10
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Yeah, it's not too hard on the eyes. It's designed to look like it's part of Chicago Title and Trust (it's neighbor). As far as retail goes... it doesn't look there's going to be any on the west facade (all I see are huge windows that look like they'll belong to the garage lobby), but, I believe there will be some on the north facade *fingers crossed*
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Old September 18th, 2004, 10:03 PM   #11
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If all garages in the city had this much thought put into appearance, I wouldn't hate them so much. This is an example of how to integrate a neccesary evil into the urban landscape.
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Old September 19th, 2004, 02:13 AM   #12
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The ultimate Chicago construction thread, over at SSP, courtesy of our freind Steely Dan, or Sharp Tent, as he is known here.

http://www.skyscraperpage.com/forum/...threadid=18467
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 12:34 AM   #13
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Okay, time for another update. The scaffolding and barricades around the new garage at Clark and Lake came down earlier this week. Here's the latest shots:

Looking up the exit ramp on the garage's north facade.


Looking up the entrance ramp on the garage's north facade.


Looking east down Lake street at the newly completed sidewalk. (notice the lights are now working)


What looks to be an entrance for retail space at the base of the garage. This is located on the northwest corner of the site.


WTF is this shit?!?!?! How in the hell this got approved is beyond me!


Looks like the windows will wrap around the northeast corner of the garage... not quite sure why they're not already there though?


Well, that's all for now. More coming soon!
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 02:13 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by geoff_diamond
Yeah, it's not too hard on the eyes. It's designed to look like it's part of Chicago Title and Trust (it's neighbor). As far as retail goes... it doesn't look there's going to be any on the west facade (all I see are huge windows that look like they'll belong to the garage lobby), but, I believe there will be some on the north facade *fingers crossed*
Why would a garage need a lobby?

Secondly, why the f#ck is Chicagos still allowing stand-alone garages within the loop? I thought there was a ban against these years ago?
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 02:16 AM   #15
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^ if i recall correctly, this parking garage is simply the first phase of what will eventually be an office tower. the garage has been engineered to allow for the construction of an office building on top of it when the market allows for such. whether or not that will ever happen is anyone's guess, but this project was not envisioned as simply just a regular old stand alone garage, they are intending to one day build the office component, which is proabably why the materials and design are much higher than for your typical stand alone parking garage.
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 02:18 AM   #16
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^ Very informative. Thanks!
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 02:23 AM   #17
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Here's another question:

Is that simply 1 entrance for retail space on the north facade? How stupid. Why can't Chicago get its act together and realize that it's not just 1 retail space that's needed, but several. Pedestrians walking on Lake will see 1 measely store on the corner of the building, unlike several in a row, which is much more inviting--much like New York.

That's what I don't get..
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 05:16 AM   #18
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Actually, the space isn't measely... it's pretty damn big in fact. Looks like it could be along the lines of an Office Max Express (or something of comparable size).

As far as the garage "lobby" goes... I just meant the elevator concourse and pay-stations. I refer to it as a lobby
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 05:32 AM   #19
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^Ahhh, but Office Max is coming to the former Toys R Us on State St instead.... Perhaps the space on Lake St will be a.... Toys R Us? Wouldn't that be ironic
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Old September 23rd, 2004, 09:04 AM   #20
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OFFICE MAX IS MOVING INTO THE OLD TOYS R US!?!?!?!?!? Where did you hear that??? I've been waiting for that site to be filled for two years!!!!
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