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108 North State Street, also known as Block 37, is a star-crossed tract of long-vacant land in the heart of Chicago's Loop. It is bounded by State on the East, Dearborn on the West, Randolph to the North, and Washington to the South. The ambitious mixed-used project includes an already-topped out CBS2 Broadcast Center (17 floors), a retail center, a condo tower, a hotel, and an underground CTA station providing express service to O'Hare Airport.

What Block 37 looked like before demolition in 1989 (corner of State and Randolph):


Renderings have been cryptic and scarce, and it is still unknown exactly what the hotel and condo will look like:





The CBS2 Broadcast Center, which will have a street-level television studio:



Construction photos:
CBS2 Broadcast Center (all by Retrograde):




All By ambient:


 

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Hopefully the airport express trains are still in the works; I would consider buying a unit there if that's the case.
The CTA station connecting the Red and Blue Lines is a go; it's been under construction for a while now. By the way, in the opening post, I erroneously stated there would be an express connection to Midway. There won't be.
 

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Two recent news items:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/mag/article.pl?article_id=28595

Apple eyes roost on State Street
IPod maker among retailers in Block 37 talks

By Eddie Baeb


Apple Inc. aims to put down roots on State Street as part of the Block 37 project.

Joseph Freed & Associates LLC, the Palatine-based developer of the retail and residential portion of the project, is in talks with Apple, as well as a host of other higher-end retailers including Coach, Puma, J. Crew and Zara, sources familiar with the plans say.

www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-wed_block37oct31,0,1546449.story

Theater a coming attraction at Block 37
By Sandra M. Jones

Tribune staff reporter

October 31, 2007

A luxury movie house is headed for the Loop.

Muvico Entertainment LLC signed a letter of intent to open an 800-seat, seven-screen movie complex at 108 N. State St., also known as Block 37, Michael Whalen, president and chief executive of the Ft. Lauderdale-based company, told the Tribune on Tuesday...
 
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