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Old May 9th, 2012, 05:33 AM   #1
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CHICAGO | Wolf Point Development | 274m+ | 228m | 160m | Pro

Location: Wolf Point (confluence of South, North, and Main Branches of the Chicago River)
Neighborhood: Fulton River District
Architect: Cesar Pelli & Associates Architects
Developer: Hines Interests LP

West Tower - 160 meters
South Tower- 274 meters
East Tower - 228 meters


The Kennedy family started planning this complex in 2007, but things have started to get serious just this year. They are partnering with the famous architect Cesar Pelli and the major firm of Hines Interests. Big news came in today, that shows that plans are finally moving forward.


From Ald. Reilly

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I am writing to invite you to join me at a public presentation regarding a proposed development for the site located at 350 N. Orleans Street, commonly referred to as "Wolf Point."

Given the prominence of this property and the number of inquiries my office has received about the future development of this site, I have directed Hines Development Corporation and their team to start our community review process early, even before they take the initial step of filing a formal application with the City of Chicago. At this first community meeting, the Hines Development Team will present their proposed plan for the site; discuss their Traffic Study (commissioned at my request); and answer your questions about the Proposal.

The Applicant (Hines) has submitted a proposal for the development of three towers at this site, with Site "A" (West Tower) proposed as a residential, 525 foot tall structure containing 510 units and 200 parking stalls; Site "B" (South Tower) proposed as a 900 foot tall, mixed use structure containing 600 units and 885 parking stalls; and Site "C" (East Tower) proposed as a 750 foot tall, mixed use structure containing 200 parking stalls.

WHAT: 350 North Orleans (former Wolf Point site) Development Project

WHO: Hosted by Alderman Brendan Reilly, the River North Residents

Association (RNRA) and the Fulton River District Association (FRDA)

WHEN: Tuesday, May 29th at 5:30 P.M.

WHERE: Holiday Inn, 350 West Mart Center Drive - Wolf Point Ballroom

As you know, I make it a top priority to provide an open and transparent community review of all local development proposals. I hope you can join the RNRA, FRDA and me to engage in a direct dialogue with the Development Team to gain a better understanding of this proposal, share comments or concerns and receive answers to any questions you may have.
Also, thank i_am_hydrogen for discovering this.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 05:45 AM   #2
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Will any towers on the Wolf Point site end up being narrow?
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great, great news. I've been waiting so long to see a new Skyscraper rising in Chicago.

And knowing who the architect is, the expectations are high!

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Old May 9th, 2012, 06:08 AM   #4
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great, great news. I've been waiting so long to see a new Skyscraper rising in Chicago.

And knowing who the architect is, the expectations are high!
There are now 5 200m + buildings proposed in Chicago, and dozens of buildings in the 100-200m range. You probably didn't hear about them though, because for some reason people haven't been talking about them here. They have been talking about them on SSP though. Here is the SSP chicago map that shows all the Chicago buildings that are proposed(blue), and UC(green) - http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/maps/?cityID=4. But even that map misses a lot of the current proposals. Chicago is definitely starting to build again though.

Here are some of Chicago's current 200m proposals

River Point - 650 feet - http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=131220
Clark and Wacker - 65 floors - http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=185023
400 West Randolph - 213 meters http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=920178

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Will any towers on the Wolf Point site end up being narrow?
I would be fairly shocked if the three towers (especially the taller mixed use ones) ended up being true boxes given the peculiarities of the site. It isn't that large of a site to try to fit three buildings on and I'm guessing that it will it attempt to provide all three with as much river vista as possible.

Just as important as the height or the style of the buildings will be the podium and interface with the river. I hope it at least matches Trump in accessing and beautifying the river corridor given it will be so conspicuous.
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The NIMBY opposition: http://friendsofwolfpoint.com/

"Too much traffic"? Move to Peoria!






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There are now 5 200m + buildings proposed in Chicago, and dozens of buildings in the 100-200m range. You probably didn't hear about them though, because for some reason people haven't been talking about them here. They have been talking about them on SSP though. Here is the SSP chicago map that shows all the Chicago buildings that are proposed(blue), and UC(green) - http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/maps/?cityID=4. But even that map misses a lot of the current proposals. Chicago is definitely starting to build again though.
Yeah, from what I've been hearing on this site, I thought that real estate market in Chicago was still in the dumps. This is good news.
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I would be fairly shocked if the three towers (especially the taller mixed use ones) ended up being true boxes given the peculiarities of the site. It isn't that large of a site to try to fit three buildings on and I'm guessing that it will it attempt to provide all three with as much river vista as possible.

Just as important as the height or the style of the buildings will be the podium and interface with the river. I hope it at least matches Trump in accessing and beautifying the river corridor given it will be so conspicuous.
Cesar Pelli is designing it
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Old May 9th, 2012, 06:25 AM   #9
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Check out these:

Here are some of Chicago's current proposed buildings that are close to 200m or above 200m

River Point - 650 feet - http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=131220
Clark and Wacker - 65 floors - http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=185023
400 West Randolph - 213 meters http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=920178
435 N Park - 635 feet - http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=198244
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This is about to get big!


http://www.suntimes.com/12408740-417...rman-says.html

Wolf Point plan could include 80-story building, alderman says
BY DAVID ROEDER Business Reporter [email protected] May 8, 2012 9:16PM



thanks to Chi Coruscant from SSP for finding this.
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Good shot of the site from the Chicago Tribune for those who aren't familiar.



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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,1833264.story

Developers to present plans for controversial River North site

By Blair Kamin

Tribune architecture critic

11:06 p.m. CDT, May 8, 2012

.......In the 1830s, Wolf Point was a focal point of pioneer Chicago, home to taverns, trading posts and a hotel. Currently, however, the site consists of a surface parking lot with a narrow riverwalk.

"Everyone was anticipating that that would be the center of the city," said Tim Samuelson, Chicago's cultural historian. But "it turned out that not much happened on that site when you consider its prominence.''.........
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Good shot of the site from the Chicago Tribune for those who aren't familiar.

Can't wait till the 29th. Hopefully we will hear about the building, and get to see a design.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 06:46 PM   #13
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There's already a thread on this project: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1512123

I'll move your posts to that thread.
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