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Old Posted Jan 6, 2019, 5:13 AM
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Thanks for the bonus shot of the Bush Temple addition topping out. That was fast. I'm really loving all the fine grained development in this part of River North
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Woof... that tower on the other side of Dearborn in that picture there is disgusting. Looks like it was designed by an agoraphobic architect... There are basically no windows!
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^ Even worse than the tower is its parking garage
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^ Even worse than the tower is its parking garage
Yeah, at street level that building is terrible. Good thing there will be OCS to balance it out in the immediate area.
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Mustn't forget it's TWO substantial towers. We'd be happy with the office tower alone, if it were located here or just about anywhere else.
I feel like an old timer (which I'm not even close to being), but do many of you remember that it wasn't long ago that River North was mostly low slung buildings and otherwise a sea of parking lots?

I mean, that has transformed within 2 decades, and this particular project will be a major exclamation point of that process. The Holy Name lot is a hole in what is otherwise becoming a cohesive urban fabric north of the river. Who cares if it's 25 feet too short of some arbitrary measure? But whatever, I know that there are some OCD types out there who just won't bother to change their minds...
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I feel like an old timer (which I'm not even close to being), but do many of you remember that it wasn't long ago that River North was mostly low slung buildings and otherwise a sea of parking lots?

I mean, that has transformed within 2 decades, and this particular project will be a major exclamation point of that process. The Holy Name lot is a hole in what is otherwise becoming a cohesive urban fabric north of the river. Who cares if it's 25 feet too short of some arbitrary measure? But whatever, I know that there are some OCD types out there who just won't bother to change their minds...
Yep, it's an unbelievable transformation.
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^ You don't have to even be much of an old timer.

As recently as the early 2000s River North was like that. It's changed so dramatically and quickly that it's no surprise that people who haven't been to Chicago in a while still envision it as just the Loop and the Mag Mile.
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I feel like an old timer (which I'm not even close to being), but do many of you remember that it wasn't long ago that River North was mostly low slung buildings and otherwise a sea of parking lots?
Yes. . . and unfortunately the majority of the buildings that have been erected in River North over the last few decades have less aesthetic quality than those surface level parking lots. . .

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Yep, it's an unbelievable transformation.
I'm not yet 30 years old but I can remember River North (and lots of Streeterville) being a sea of parking lots.
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I'm not yet 30 years old but I can remember River North (and lots of Streeterville) being a sea of parking lots.
In about 2001-2002, I lived at 1421 N Dearborn and worked in the Loop. Sometimes I'd take the 156/LaSalle bus, sometimes I'd just take a cab.

A memory taking the 156 is seeing a bunch of vintage cars parked in a lot that was the NW corner of LaSalle and Kinzie for the filming of Road to Perdition. Shortly after they were done, the apartment building there started construction.

And when talking a taxi home north on Dearborn, I have lots of memories of all the condo buildings that sprouted up between Kinzie and Huron. It was a super-exciting time to be in Chicago
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Woof... that tower on the other side of Dearborn in that picture there is disgusting. Looks like it was designed by an agoraphobic architect... There are basically no windows!
The picture makes it look worse than it is. It's not a great building, but it's not windowless. I hope someday they build over that buildings parking garage fronting Chicago Ave, too, it really sucks the life out of that block.
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The picture makes it look worse than it is. It's not a great building, but it's not windowless. I hope someday they build over that buildings parking garage fronting Chicago Ave, too, it really sucks the life out of that block.
That is a rental tower. And, at least based on the signage, it appears the garage would be part of that property. So at some point, someone should be able to make a business case to construct another tower. Maybe any renters using the existing garage can make use of the OCS garage.
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In about 2001-2002, I lived at 1421 N Dearborn and worked in the Loop. Sometimes I'd take the 156/LaSalle bus, sometimes I'd just take a cab.

A memory taking the 156 is seeing a bunch of vintage cars parked in a lot that was the NW corner of LaSalle and Kinzie for the filming of Road to Perdition. Shortly after they were done, the apartment building there started construction.

And when talking a taxi home north on Dearborn, I have lots of memories of all the condo buildings that sprouted up between Kinzie and Huron. It was a super-exciting time to be in Chicago.
The transformation of River North between the early 2000s and today is amazing.
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Does anyone know if the Holy Name's parking lot is closed or set to close soon? Just wondering when actual "site prep/demo" may begin for this beast
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It's probably already been said, but what are the real odds this thing gets completed? I'm in River North often and am looking forward to the way it'll totally change the energy of the neighborhood.
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It's probably already been said, but what are the real odds this thing gets completed? I'm in River North often and am looking forward to the way it'll totally change the energy of the neighborhood.
100 percent chance, look back a couple of posts/pages for proof.
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Does anyone know if the Holy Name's parking lot is closed or set to close soon? Just wondering when actual "site prep/demo" may begin for this beast
Someone said that the contractors were told to be ready for March, so March is what I'm expecting, maybe late February for demo?
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