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Old September 17th, 2005, 05:48 PM   #1
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CityFront Center Plaza - Chicago

I am a newbie to this place so excuse me if this has already been discussed (I searched for a topic and came up empty). Has anyone seen the news on the recently announced CityFront Center Plaza in Chicago? It is very close to the new Calavatra/Fordham spire location. The specs are fairly impressive

65 stories
180 Residences
300 Hotel Keys
530 Car Parking Garage
1,000,000 sf (92,900 sqm)



Designed by Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects , who recently finished the 111 S. Wacker Building in the Loop and worked on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Building next to the Aon Center.
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Old September 17th, 2005, 08:53 PM   #2
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not bad !
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Old September 17th, 2005, 09:06 PM   #3
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i like it a little boxy and the facade needs some work....but good
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Old September 17th, 2005, 09:24 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums.

Sorry, but this is actually not a real project (well it is, but I'll get back to that later). This was a proposal that was never built.

HOWEVER, recently a new proposal has come up on the site. Helmut Jahn is to build the tower of unknown height and floors for Sunbelt Management Co. (which also own the NBC building next to it).
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Old September 17th, 2005, 09:26 PM   #5
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Also, check out the Chicago forums
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Old September 18th, 2005, 02:02 AM   #6
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Ah, my apologies. I think I have figured out where I went wrong. I read this article and figured the prior site is what they were referencing.

http://www.realtor.org/rmodaily.nsf/0/368aedf1e1a214bc8625700e004a5ab5?OpenDocument

Ill.: $700M Condo Project Planned for Chicago

(June 1, 2005) -- A three-tower, $700 million luxury condominium development will be built in downtown Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood by Centrum Properties Inc.

The project, CityFront Plaza, will be a half-block east of Michigan Avenue on the block bounded by St. Clair Street, Illinois Street, Columbus Drive, and Grand Avenue.

"This is a strategic location," says John McLinden, partner at Chicago-based Centrum Properties. "The raised plaza on upper Illinois Street is a gateway to the Magnificent Mile shopping area of Michigan Avenue.” Michigan Avenue is elevated above ground level.

Plans also include three or four restaurants along the Illinois Street plaza connection to Michigan Avenue. The first condo tower will be the Fairbanks, a 31-story building. Unit prices will be $300,000 to more than $1 million. Construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2006. Sales are scheduled to begin this month."

In fact, they are talking about the Fairbanks. Not as impressive, but certainly more realistic. This is the only image I can find. Anyone have a better looking picture?

[IMG]http://www.**************/NHNew/News/0721_2005_2_pic.jpg[/IMG]
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Old September 18th, 2005, 03:30 AM   #7
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Yes. CityFront Plaza is indeed a real project. With the names being so similar, I could see where the mistake would come from.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 03:43 AM   #8
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And this is the "better" (if you can say that) rendering:



Tower III= 70 floors
Tower II= 40 floors
Tower I (Fairbanks)= 31 floors

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Old September 18th, 2005, 05:43 PM   #9
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Sincere Thanks. I spent my first 1.5 years in Chicago on the 42nd floor of the River East Tower. I always felt the Streeterville neighborhood had loads of potential if it could ever hit a critical mass. With the addition of this plan as well as the slight possibility of the Fordham Spire, we should finally see the mass of retail and nightlife the area deserves (and River North already has at the moment).
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Old September 19th, 2005, 12:46 AM   #10
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True, and there's a wealth of stuff going up so hopefully that'll help.

If you haven't checked it out, here's the Chicago forums:
http://skyscrapercity.com/forumdispl...s=&forumid=104

That's the social section and if you want stuff about different buildings or projects click development. You can also click some of the links in my sig for more info.


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Old September 19th, 2005, 02:15 AM   #11
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They should build the one in the first render instead.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 02:27 AM   #12
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The first render is a dead proposal. I don't even remember how real it was to begin with. However, a new tower by Jahn will be going up there instead (not much info on that since it's fairly new news).

The second thing I posted about is an entirely different site/project.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 02:37 AM   #13
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I was just wondering, why does so many western architecs have an obsession with boxes? In the past it was usually a single big box, nowdays it's a big box with smaller boxes stuck into it.
Just a thought....
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