CHICAGO | Highrise Projects & Construction
And so it begins again. Here’s a link to the last page of v5: CHICAGO: boom rundown - everything over 12 floors. v5
The list starts in 1999 because that's when 1 Superior Place was completed. It was the first 500+ foot tower built in Chicago in many years and it signaled the return of large amounts of highrise construction to the city of Chicago after a bit of a hiatus during the mid 1990’s. Click on the individual building names to be taken to the corresponding Phorio building page to learn more and see pics/renderings. You can also click on the word “website” at the end of each building entry line in the list to be taken to the official project website to learn even more and for developer/marketing contact information.
The buildings are ranked according to the structural height per the guidelines of Phorio. Where no roof height is listed, it is either unknown or the structural height and the roof height are one and the same.
Chicago's building boom:
name use struct. ht. roof ht. floors year
red = over 1,000 ft
magenta = 700 - 999 ft
purple = 600 - 699 ft
blue = 500 - 599 ft
green = 400 - 499 ft
brown = 300 - 399 ft
Black = under 300 ft or unknown
* - The information for the proposed towers may not be entirely accurate, but it's the best that we have to go on for now. Also keep in mind that there are many more “loosely proposed” towers in the Lake Shore East, Central Station, and River East mega projects that are not included here. This list only contains proposed towers that have been given individual names and designs as opposed to theoretical future towers that exist only as generic ideas within the context of master plans.
- Skyscraperpage thread links:
STR’s wicked-cool 3-D Chicago thread
CHICAGO: Post Office Redevelopment
CHICAGO: Trump Tower
CHICAGO: 375 East Wacker
CHICAGO: Intercontinental North Tower
CHICAGO: Legacy at Millennium Park
CHICAGO: 300 N. Lasalle
CHICAGO: BCBS vertical expansion
CHICAGO: One Museum Park
CHICAGO: Conservatory Tower
CHICAGO: Willis Tower Hotel Project
CHICAGO: The Elysian
CHICAGO: Ritz-Carlton Residences
CHICAGO: River Point (444 West Lake)
CHICAGO: Roosevelt University Dorm
CHICAGO: Lincoln Park 2550
CHICAGO: Clark & Wacker (former Waterview site)
CHICAGO: Block 37
CHICAGO: Coast at Lakeshore East (345 West Wacker)
CHICAGO: 500 North Lake Shore Drive
CHICAGO: Optima Center Chicago
- renderings for the under construction, site prep, and proposed projects:
AMLI River North
500 North Lake Shore Drive
The Ritz-Carlton Residences
Summit on Lake
Lincoln Park 2550
Coast at Lakeshore East
360 West Hubbard
Northwestern Outpatient Center
Admiral at the Lake
Aloft / Fairfield / Hyatt Place
Optima Center Chicago
1225 Old Town
1349 South Wabash
East West Student Life Center
Post Office Redevelopment
400 West Randolph
435 North Park Drive
One South Halsted
Golub Building (410 East Grand)
Millennium Park Plaza
Atrium Village Phase 4 (right)
Atrium Village Phase 3 (second from right)
Golub South Loop Apts
Atrium Village Phase 2 (second from left)
Atrium Village Phase 1 (left)
Solstice on the Park
2950 North Sheridan
130 North Franklin
174 West Randolph
191 West Monroe
212-232 West Illinois
New City Building A
City Hyde Park
Aloft Millennium Park
3750 North Halsted
Imperial Plaza Hotel
Harper Court, Residential Tower
15th and Blue Island Apartments
name use struct. ht. roof ht. floors year
name location use struct. ht. roof ht. floors year
AH = Arlington Heights
DP = Des Plaines
EC = East Chicago
EL = Elgin
HE = Hoffman Estates
JO = Joliet
LB = Lombard
MC = Michigan City
NV = Naperville
OB = Oak Brook
OP = Oak Park
RO = Rosemont
SC = Schaumburg
SK = Skokie
WH = Wheeling
WR = Woodridge
- here are renderings for some of the under construction and proposed projects:
All of the credit for this thread goes to the hard-working and extremely dedicated Chicago editors and photographers of Phorio. It is they who track down developers and architects to get height data and renderings. It is they who schlep around town taking pictures and keeping track of the status of all the various projects in Chicago. I merely arrange the information they gather into this simple, concise, and easy to read list.
If anyone has any additions, subtractions, or other amendments, let me know.
Hydrogen, thank you so much for carrying the torch on this one. It's very much appreciated.
No problem, Dan.
This is looking great! I was just looking at the page one yesterday and all of the bad pic links and old info. Good to see it up to date and refreshed!
That compilation wore me out breezing through it. I can't imagine actually storing away all this in ones head. Chicago is overwhelming...in an incredibly awesome way.
yeah, "boom" won't be a fair name for long, especially looking at the bodies on the floor in the on hold section
Well, I think next year after the majority of the boomers are completed might be a good time to start 1999-2009.
Anyway, thanks ofr doing this Hydrogen.
the 150 E. Ontario Render should be updated to the most current one.
Meh - I like the boom name, regardless of whether or not it's accurate. Maybe it's just familiarity...
Anyway, good job on updating the list.
The term boom is becoming increasingly inapt. Then again, compared to most other cities we have quite a few projects still left on the table. We were spoiled for a long time and now the rug has been pulled out from under us. We're a little bitter and crestfallen. But now is the time to start turning more attention to smaller projects that will continue to help develop the urban fabric.
There are some pretty good looking project on the list. I'm excited for the future and I really do believe both Waterview and the Spire will straighten themselves out.
Great to see the new thread, thanks hydro! :)
Are there any news regarding Lincoln Park 2520, btw? The last I've read there were some demolition works going on at the site. Are they still goin to manage finishing it in 2008 for real? Lovely tower anyway, it deserves an own thread!
And what about the Flair Tower? The list says it's U/C - anybody who got some pictures? And why isn't there a website? I want some promising, shiny rendering video and price tables! ;)
Anyway, I've found a page with some additional graphics of the Flair Tower: www.rivernorthresidents.com
^ Stellar photos. And 540 LSD isn't even a curved building - you've got fisheye effect on the left side but not on the right - kind of a neat result.
Excellent job on v6, everyone- thanks for keeping up this great resource.
Updates for 111 West Chestnut
This was posted on the last page of version 5..
Updated rendering of the taller design...
28 stories...360 feet (roof)...370 feet (Mechanical)
48 units ranging size from 2500-3500 square feet each
80 parking spaces, including 7 for the neighboring condo conversion which had spaces on that site in the past before the Jewish group purchased the site with the intent of building the now forever stalled community center.
I am Hydrogen, thanks for taking on the task of updating the boom rundown.
October 16, 2008
There's a website, but with little content: flairtower.com
i_am_hydrogen - You may want to add the link for Flair Tower on the first page. And thanks for picking it up after the superb job that Steely Dan did. The first page has been a great source of information and I'm glad it will continue.
Superior 110, The Elysian, & Staybridge Suites
October 16, 2008
353 North Clark
October 14, 2008
October 16, 2008
^ good transparency
Kennedy fly-by 10-19-2008
Topless is legal
353 North Clark, Silver Tower
565 W Quincy
check out all of the pics from my 11 mile kayak adventure on the river here: The REAL chicago river.... or "i think i'm officially addicted to kayaking"
from my visit
didnt find individual threads for these so I post em in here:
155 North Wacker:
These are from my Cruise 10/8:
and a closer visit 10/12:
353 North Clark:
here is one of 353 from 10/10:
Not sure how this one is called so somebody fill me in:
Wow, somehow I hadn't seen this before. Really solid design. It looks like it will look awesome enough to help minimze the presence and butt-ugliness of the chestnut tower directly behind it (forget exact name), which I have always been somewhat repulsed by.
^^ Streeter Place. Thnaks for th update Andydie!
October 22, 2008
Developer stung by condo gripes
REAL ESTATE | Has generally good reputation, but Near South Side issues could lead to new laws
DAVID ROEDER firstname.lastname@example.org
One of Chicago's most prolific condo developers is facing withering criticism about construction quality in a showcase building on the Near South Side.
Residents of 1841 S. Calumet, a tower marketed as Museum Park Place, charge that Enterprise Cos. cut corners on the project, resulting in water leakage in the roof, walls and basement. They said Enterprise has refused to acknowledge responsibility for the defects and that the condo owners may face special assessments worth thousands of dollars each to pay for repairs.
The uproar threatens to hurt Enterprise's generally good reputation around Chicago. It also could lead to a push for state legislation to give condo buyers more protection from substandard work.
Some of the aggrieved residents took their complaints to the street, picketing in front of Enterprise's condo sales center Saturday. Tim Dempsey, an organizer of the protest, said the condo board has spent $37,000 on legal fees in a failed effort to get Enterprise to address the problems.
Enterprise Chairman Ron Shipka Sr. said he's close to an agreement with the condo board, which he said evidently hasn't been communicated to the building's residents. He agreed that leakage is a problem that his firm must fix.
"Everyone in that building has the right to expect that the skin on the building doesn't leak," he said. "But to jump off the deep end and say we're doing nothing about it, that's just not true."
Dempsey is not on the condo board and said he staged the protest without its involvement. Asked about contact residents have had with Enterprise, he said, "We never get to talk to them except through the lawyers. And it'll take 60 to 90 days to get an answer to a letter."
Formerly a machinist, Dempsey said he now works in sales in the steel industry. He said he regrets moving into the building. "I had a 60-year-old house in the suburbs that was in better shape than this new high-rise," Dempsey said.
Museum Park Place is 23 stories that are easily distinguishable from Lake Shore Drive by the crisscrossing red stripes on the facade. It is part of the huge Central Station complex, which until the crisis in the housing market seemed to breed new skyscrapers. Central Station is under the control of Fogelson Cos. and Forest City Enterprise Inc., but they have sold much of the residential development sites to Enterprise.
Tina Feldstein, president of the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, said Enterprise has joined a list of developers who have put up defective units on the Near South Side. Probably the most prominent example is 1717 S. Prairie, a high-rise developed by the former team of Warren Barr and William Warman. The condo board had to impose a $6.5 million special assessment on the owners, costing many of them from $20,000 to $60,000, and it is suing to recover money.
Developers, however, can insulate themselves by starting each project in the name of a new limited liability company. Some buyers have said developers promise unrealistically low monthly assessments, and the truth doesn't come out until a building is handed off to a condo board.
Feldstein said changes in state law are needed. One idea is to compel developers to fund an escrow account to correct defects. Others say there should be a mediation service between condo boards and the builders.
New 37-story downtown dorm on the works, according to Crains.
Sorry, too lazy to post the article here..
^ Here it is:
Dorm developer doubles down in East Loop
(Crain’s) — The owner of a new 456-bed dormitory in the East Loop wants to pack another 1,221 students into a planned 37-story high-rise next door.
A joint venture including Chicago-based real estate investment firms L&H Real Estate Group and Brownstone Realty & Development Co. has asked the city to approve a zoning change that would allow the new dorm at 51-67 E. Van Buren St. The tower would connect with the Buckingham, a 27-story former office building immediately to the east that the same developers converted into student housing last year.
The new project is a bold bet that rising enrollments at downtown colleges will continue to spur demand for student housing, despite the darkening economy. Student housing is considered a recession-resistant property sector, driven more by demographics — as the so-called echo boom generation reaches college age — than by economic cycles.
Rest of Article:
Yay for more educational building in Chicago!
155 N Wacker
161 W Kinzie
Reminds me of ThunderBirds and Supermarination.
^ The more I see of the Wit- the more I like.
353 N Clark
Really big glass hanger
Filling in on the left
(Now topped out)
Wow, great updates lately guys, really catching me up on some of these projects!
200 West Lake
October 22, 2008
^ crane assembly
October 22, 2008
A few skyline shots
^ Thanks as always for all of your updates, Harry.
The park looks nice. When I used to visit my friend here, this was all surface parking. Ahhh, change for the better...
Yay! Another parking lot down (hopefully) and one in the southern part of the Loop this time.
Wow, Version 6 already? Good going Chicago.
--> New party space for SSP forumers?
1600 Museum Park
Wow Harry, those skyline shots are superb.
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