Originally Posted by J_M_Tungsten
I just read on curbed that the North Bank on Clark and Illinois is being demolished and possibly being made ready for the 3 building hotel, with over 600 rooms, that spyguy posted a while back.
It'd be cool if they did start it soon. I hope they haven't just done that to expand the parking lot. I found it disappointing that they couldn't have at least preserved the facade to add some texture to the new buildings, but once that hotel complex and the AMLI thing a block south of there are done, it'll be two more blocks of River North built out!
Speaking of finished blocks, depending on how you count a "block," there are about 126 blocks between the River, Chicago Ave, and Michigan Ave. Currently there are about 28 blocks with unattached surface parking on them, and 5-6 more with attached parking (lots dedicated exclusively or primarily to an adjacent business, like the McDonalds). There are a lot fewer blocks with surface lots than there used to be, but still a ways to go before it's totally built out, too.