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Old February 17th, 2007, 07:47 AM   #241
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Wow, great find, Retrograde! Any idea what kind of restaurant they are going to have?
One with white tablecloths. All kidding aside, I have no idea.
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Old February 17th, 2007, 07:50 AM   #242
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^Nice info. I'm particularly interested in this one as it's my future "home." Kirkland and Ellis must be leasing 24-39.
You're very lucky. This will end up being a terrific office building. Although your current location is pretty good. From the pictures you've taken I can tell your view is just incredible!
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Old February 17th, 2007, 01:29 PM   #243
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^Nice info. I'm particularly interested in this one as it's my future "home." Kirkland and Ellis must be leasing 24-39.
If I remember correctly from the Friends of Downtown meeting, they are also leasing 4 - 14. It was mentioned that they wanted some of the meeting rooms to open to the terrace on 7.

Also the floors 15 - 23 would be there to allow for future expansion, connecting the two stacks.

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Old February 21st, 2007, 06:36 AM   #244
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You're very lucky. This will end up being a terrific office building. Although your current location is pretty good. From the pictures you've taken I can tell your view is just incredible!
I'll definitely miss the views from the Aon Center. But I'm sure 300 N Lasalle will offer some great views as well. From your shots, it seems you also have a pretty nice view. My hunch says 35 W Wacker or Donnelley.

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If I remember correctly from the Friends of Downtown meeting, they are also leasing 4 - 14. It was mentioned that they wanted some of the meeting rooms to open to the terrace on 7.

Also the floors 15 - 23 would be there to allow for future expansion, connecting the two stacks.

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Thanks for the info. That makes sense. At first, I was thinking 24-39 was in line with what we have at the Aon Center. But then I remembered the staff over at the old Prudential Building.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 07:23 AM   #245
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 08:15 PM   #246
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I don't remember ever seeing a pink concrete truck before.
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Old March 8th, 2007, 08:02 PM   #247
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Sears Tower to lose another tenant
Another top-quality tenant is set to exit Sears Tower, as private-equity firm GTCR Golder Rauner LLC has agreed to move to 300 N. LaSalle St., the riverfront skyscraper under construction by developer Hines Interests L.P.

The deal comes as leasing starts to pick up at the 1.2-million-square-foot tower, thanks in part to a possible expansion by anchor tenant Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a lease with a business center firm.

GTCR has agreed to lease the two top floors of the 60-story structure, or about 50,000 square feet, according to sources familiar with the deal. As part of the move, GTCR is increasing its space by more than half compared to its current location on the 61st floor of Sears Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive.

The structure is expected to be completed in early 2009.

John Huston, executive vice-president of Skokie-based American Landmark Properties Inc., one of the owners of the Sears Tower, says in a statement: “We would love to retain GTCR as a long-term tenant, but we understand their need to expand, which we can’t accommodate them at the top of the building.”

GTCR is the latest prominent tenant to agree to leave Sears Tower in recent months.

GTCR’s current lease expires in 2010, when another tenant, Citigroup Inc., also plans to relocate its offices in Sears Tower to AT&T Corporate Center, 227 W. Monroe St., as part of a downtown consolidation. Consulting firm Bain & Co. has agreed to move its offices to 190 S. LaSalle St.

Meanwhile, Kirkland & Ellis, which originally agreed to take 600,000 square feet, is in talks to add between 75,000 and 100,000 square feet, sources say.

The law firm’s administrator, Douglas McLemore, confirms that Kirkland has told it Hines it may take more space, but a decision to expand has not yet been made.

Elite Business Centers has signed a lease for a floor at 300 N. LaSalle, or about 25,000 square feet, says David G. Miller, senior vice-president with Rosemont-based real estate firm Colliers Bennett & Kahnweiler Inc.

The upstart executive suite company is part of industry giant Regus Group PLC.
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Old March 9th, 2007, 05:09 AM   #248
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Old March 13th, 2007, 12:58 AM   #249
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A rendering of the "updated" version that I never got around to posting

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Old March 13th, 2007, 04:51 AM   #250
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^ one of the more underappreciated developments going up
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Old March 13th, 2007, 05:01 AM   #251
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^ one of the more underappreciated developments going up
Hardly. I think it's safe to see that all of us in the forums really like this building - it might seem to be under-appreciated because there has been no drama associated with it unlike some other projects (block 37, chicago spire, mandarin oriental). It's just been a very straightforward process with this one, from development, design, to construction.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 08:39 PM   #252
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For those of you interested, here's an article detailing how Kirkland & Ellis is influencing the IT specs for this building:

http://www.cio.com/archive/021507/fea_it_building.html
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Old March 21st, 2007, 08:22 AM   #253
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Old March 21st, 2007, 04:16 PM   #254
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that construction side reminds me a bit on the site of Comcast in Philly
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Old March 21st, 2007, 06:37 PM   #255
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I can assure you almost NO ONE who isn't interested in development or wandering around on sites like these has the slightest idea this thing is going up. I love how it's right on the river, and so close to the brown/purple line tracks. I think it's going to be fun when people on the train are hovering so close to this thing when it really starts to climb and shimmer right in front of you. I bet it's going to surprise a lot of people.

It's certainly unappreciated in Chicago. Then again, most everything except for Trump is in that boat. Most people have never heard of Waterview whatsoever. That's another one that's going to start stunning people vacantly staring out their train windows or walking along Chi River bridges.
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Old March 21st, 2007, 06:39 PM   #256
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Also - this thing is flying out of the ground FAST. It seems like they just started digging, and now it's already popping up.
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Old March 24th, 2007, 07:51 AM   #257
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I can assure you almost NO ONE who isn't interested in development or wandering around on sites like these has the slightest idea this thing is going up. I love how it's right on the river, and so close to the brown/purple line tracks. I think it's going to be fun when people on the train are hovering so close to this thing when it really starts to climb and shimmer right in front of you. I bet it's going to surprise a lot of people.

It's certainly unappreciated in Chicago. Then again, most everything except for Trump is in that boat. Most people have never heard of Waterview whatsoever. That's another one that's going to start stunning people vacantly staring out their train windows or walking along Chi River bridges.
Ha! I think you give too much credit. 90% of people won't even notice them when they ARE done! I can hear it now: "oh, that's new?"
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Old April 4th, 2007, 03:58 AM   #258
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Old April 4th, 2007, 10:41 PM   #259
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oh, its a "she"
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Hell no! If there were ever a building that wasn't a she, this would be it! I mean, is there anything in Chicago more masculine than this beast? (besides JHC and the Sears)
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