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Old February 14th, 2005, 10:57 PM   #1
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Central Station | 900 ft | 83 fl | App | 790 ft | 73 fl | App | 734 ft | 65 fl | Com | 620 ft | 54 fl | Com

Originally posted by spyguy:

Central Station - One of the largest developments in Chicago. The first phase of construction consisted of rows of luxury townhouses with the first tower being finished in 2002. Ten towers have been completed since then.

Once completed this massive community will help define the southern portion of Grant Park as well as extend Chicago's skyline southward.

Named after the former demolished station sitting on its plot.


Area map showing it's proximity to Grant Park, Lake Michigan, and the Museum Campus (after which many towers are named for).


Existing area (I will not post individual buildings mainly for the fact that the first towers are all rather plain by most standards but will be overshadowed by taller and glassier buildings)

Six Month Time Lapse photo by Jaroslaw and Dan in Chicago:






One Museum Park (left), One Museum Park West (right) - taken by jc5680:


Taken by i_am_hydrogen:



Tower Name/ Height/ Floors/ Completion Date
One Museum Park 221 m 62 2010
One Museum Park West 181 m 54 2010
Sky55 129 m 40 2005
Museum Tower 125 m 38 2006
1400 Museum Park 114 m 34 2008
1600 Museum Park 109 m 32 2009
Museum Park Place 2 100 m 30 2009
Museum Pointe 88 m 26 2005
Museum Park Tower 1 85 m 20 2002
Prairie Pointe 83 m 24 2006
Prairie District Tower 80 m 23 2003
The Lofts at Museum Park II 80 m 21 2006
Museum Park Place 79 m 23 2007
Lakeside Tower 73 m 19 2006
Museum Park Tower 2 72 m 21 2003
The Lofts at Museum Park I 57 m 15 2004
Lakeside on the Park 53 m 14 2005
Prairie House 52 m 14 2003


Grant Park Tower III 241 m 73
Grant Park Tower IV 274 m 83



Completed
Under Construction
Approved
Proposed

Completed
One Museum Park


One Museum Park West


Sky55


Museum Tower


1400 Museum Park


1600 Museum Park


Museum Park Place 2


Prairie Pointe


The Lofts at Museum Park II


Museum Park Place


Lakeside Tower


Under Construction:

Approved:
Grant Park Tower III (second from the right)

Grant Park Tower IV (no design as yet) (far right)


Proposed:
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Old February 15th, 2005, 01:54 AM   #2
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It's quite the development. That's for sure. I remember that are being an empty field like it was yesterday!
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Old November 15th, 2005, 03:45 AM   #3
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Here's an interesting piece on the history, development obstacles, etc. of the Central Illinois Development:

http://www.centralstationsouthloop.com/pdf_news.pdf
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 06:36 AM   #4
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Christmas Day 2005 snapshots of Central Station construction follow.











Admit it! They are not going to cover these tracks anytime soon.








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Old January 3rd, 2006, 09:15 AM   #5
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I'm so happy about development in this area. Generally decent architecture (with the exception of the cookie-cutter brick condo tower, although that's not all that bad either. I like the mix of townhouses and towers, although the general lack of an allowance retail in the area is a disappointment.
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 05:28 PM   #6
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I haven't looked into this neighborhood that much. Obviously, its making an impact on the skyline by framing the southern end of grant park. But what will be the transit options for residents in central station. I presume CTA buses will begin to run in there.
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 06:54 PM   #7
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I haven't looked into this neighborhood that much. Obviously, its making an impact on the skyline by framing the southern end of grant park. But what will be the transit options for residents in central station. I presume CTA buses will begin to run in there.
For those who live close to Roosevelt, they can just go a couple blocks over to the Roosevelt El station (Red, Orange and Green lines). For the rest of us who live a little farther south, there are plenty of buses (1, 3, 4, 129, 62, 29, etc.)
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Old February 19th, 2006, 01:06 AM   #8
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Here are some model shots of 1600 Museum Park.

The western face.


View to the south.


Eastern facade with a small pocket park on the southeast corner.


View to the north along the eastern base.


The southern face.


The base along Prairie Avenue.


Top of the structure along the eastern face.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 01:10 AM   #9
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Admit it! They are not going to cover these tracks anytime soon.


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You'd think some of those considerable number of condo owners whose units face east would be interested in covering the tracks in partnership with the city. It would not only improve their views, but property values as well.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 01:13 AM   #10
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Admit it! They are not going to cover these tracks anytime soon.


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You'd think some of those considerable number of condo owners whose units face east would be interested in covering the tracks in partnership with the city. It would not only improve their views, but property values as well.

It's probably years and years down the pipeline. Honestly I don't care if they don't cover them. I've loved trains all my life and I'd be a little sad if they covered all of the tracks.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 01:13 AM   #11
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Here's a fascinating question that nobody probably can answer:

I wonder....

How much could you have picked up a mansion on Prairie Avenue when the district was in its greatest state of disrepair?

Wouldn't you love to know how little some of that property could have gone for in the, say, 1960's?
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Old February 19th, 2006, 01:20 AM   #12
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Here's a fascinating question that nobody probably can answer:

I wonder....

How much could you have picked up a mansion on Prairie Avenue when the district was in its greatest state of disrepair?

Wouldn't you love to know how little some of that property could have gone for in the, say, 1960's?
I have no idea of what the prices were, but I'm sure that they were ass cheap. I always wonder what the area would look like today if those mansions were still there. All the ones that have been torn down were gone before I was born. I've only seen pictures and read the display plaques that once lined the fences over there.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 09:05 AM   #13
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It's probably years and years down the pipeline. Honestly I don't care if they don't cover them. I've loved trains all my life and I'd be a little sad if they covered all of the tracks.
My guess....the tracks get covered and the South Side gets its own version of the Inner Drive with a wall of condos facing the lake from McCPl to Hyde Pk
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Old February 19th, 2006, 10:45 AM   #14
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My guess....the tracks get covered and the South Side gets its own version of the Inner Drive with a wall of condos facing the lake from McCPl to Hyde Pk
more than likely bout 25-30 years off though to completion......hell i'll be only bouit 60.......thems were the days
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Old February 19th, 2006, 03:06 PM   #15
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more than likely bout 25-30 years off though to completion......hell i'll be only bouit 60.......thems were the days
no doubt it would be time consuming...however, i can see the street (Inner S. Lake Shore Drive) being a real possiblity in the not too distant future. There is no connecting lake front street on the South Side.

If you think about it, the type of buildings that would go up on such a stretch would far exceed the North Side lakefront (LSD, Clark, LPW, Lakeview, Sheridan, etc.). While there are vintage old brick buildings on this stetch, the vast majority of structures were built in the 50's, 60's, 70's, etc....often bland in architecture and, though having an eye for luxury, built during a time when there were few condos....and thus few of the amenities associated with them. These went up as rental bldg's.

Even with demand, I can't imagine with a chance to "do it over" on the South Side, that things would look like the North Side. Lining high risecondos one after the other (as would be the case on the North Side (from North Ave...where downtown stops and North Side starts...clear up to Devon) is not the style today. If such developments were to go up on the South Side, they would maximize views and would not be one atop the other.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 09:19 PM   #16
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It would be nice for Central Station to have 1,000' highrise. There are already existing or uc 1,000' highrise for most parts of the Loop. Now is a high time for South of the Loop to have one. It brings a balance in the Loop in general.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 10:27 PM   #17
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I'm guestimating one will be announced later this year or early 07'. I didn't hear this from anyone so don't ask.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 10:35 PM   #18
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The base along Prairie Avenue.


^ Tweety says:

'I taut I taw ground-level retail'

'I did, I did taw ground-level retail'
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I'm guestimating one will be announced later this year or early 07'. I didn't hear this from anyone so don't ask.
Perhaps the museum park tower @ Roosevelt & Michigan? That would be the perfect spot...
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It looks like Case started work at the 1720 S. Michigan site today.
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