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Old Posted Aug 26, 2019, 3:26 PM
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Cool CHICAGO | 300 N Michigan Ave | 523 ft | 47 FLOORS

New apartment/hotel proposal that is beginning site prep, demo of the old warehouse/loft building on site:

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A new tower near Millennium Park, developed by Sterling Bay and designed by bKL architects, came into clearer focus on Friday. Fresh details and renderings of the long-rumored project were shared by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly who is asking residents for feedback on the plans so far.

Slated for the site of a vacant four-story building at 300 N. Michigan Avenue, the 47-story, 523-foot structure calls for 25,000 square feet of retail topped by 280 hotel rooms and 290 residential units. The tower would contain just 26 parking spaces in a below ground garage, suggesting the residential component is more likely rentals instead of condominiums.

Designed by Chicago-based bKL Architecture, the glassy, rectangular structure features inset balconies and pronounced horizontal striping at the lower hotel levels. Its most striking aspect is arguably an open-air loggia above the base, supported by angled M-shaped columns.
https://chicago.curbed.com/2019/3/25...e-sterling-bay
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This could be the last major change to that weird block. Everything else is either worthy of staying or too small to be torn down and made into something bigger. At least that's the way it looks to me
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It's an attractive enough tower albeit a bit boring, I just wish they could have acquired the low rise lot just to the north so they could have butted up and covered over that awful pomo-cold-storage-warehouse side wall of 320 N Michigan.
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It's an attractive enough tower albeit a bit boring, I just wish they could have acquired the low rise lot just to the north so they could have butted up and covered over that awful pomo-cold-storage-warehouse side wall of 320 N Michigan.
True that. An ugly wall and a prominent location it is.
However from most angles, especially street level, I think and hope that the south side wall of 320 Michigan will mostly be obstructed than the renders depict.
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300 N Michigan Demo Progress

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Thread bump just to mention that it’s been reported that demo of the existing building is about to start
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On that note, if you want to see the carbon and carbide building from the top of the London House, better hurry up and make it to that cupola!
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That might just be a rare pigeon species. I demand an environmental impact statement. Also rare spiders on rare cobwebs.
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Also not to poo-poo too much, but this lot would have made an amazing location for a 1000 footer. The view up the river...
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I agree...such a prime lot to develop for something tall.. doesn't seem like much of a risk to go for something in the 700ft to 800 ft range for this location...just off Michigan avenue...
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I agree...such a prime lot to develop for something tall.. doesn't seem like much of a risk to go for something in the 700ft to 800 ft range for this location...just off Michigan avenue...
So goes several high-profile sites in Chicago lately...although the Salesforce tower upsets me more than this one. Part of me wishes both sites could sit this one out until the next cycle in the hopes of a more worthy proposal. BUT I suppose it could be worse, at least the designs (in a vacuum) are pretty decent?
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I agree...such a prime lot to develop for something tall.. doesn't seem like much of a risk to go for something in the 700ft to 800 ft range for this location...just off Michigan avenue...
Yeah, couple tens of million $$, not too much risk
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in its entire history, the city of chicago has only seen towers 800' or taller constructed on 18 occasions. that's it, just 18 times.

99% of the highrises chicago has built over the centuries have been less than 800' tall.

expecting every single patch of land in downtown chicago to now sprout 800+ foot towers is way beyond unrealistic.
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Yeah, couple tens of million $$, not too much risk
Depending on pricing and marketing there could be also tens of millions more in profit too with a larger building...acting like this location would be so far fetched and taking such a crazy risk at a taller building than what's gonna be built currently is pretty close minded... this isn't the south loop ...its a pretty prime location.

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in its entire history, the city of chicago has only seen towers 800' or taller constructed on 18 occasions. that's it, just 18 times.

99% of the highrises chicago has built over the centuries have been less than 800' tall.

expecting every single patch of land in downtown chicago to now sprout 800+ foot towers is way beyond unrealistic.
You right. However, doesn't it seem like we've seen significantly less 800'+ proposals since the crash of '08? Does it speak to local and national developers being less bullish on the market here, with a majority of proposals being more conservative, blueglass, semi-boring towers in the downtown area? The one place I'm seeing adventurous architecture is the West Loop. Now that I think of it, the current boom in that neighborhood may mean less 800+ footers; sucking up the demand for office and residential?
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However, doesn't it seem like we've seen significantly less 800'+ proposals since the crash of '08?
no.

i'd say it's 100% the opposite.

chicago has never seen more 800' projects than it is right now.




chicago's 800+ footers have been built in 4 distinct building booms, with one outlier (park tower).


'69-'76: 5

- hancock
- chase
- aon
- sears
- WTP



'89-'90: 4

- franklin
- 900 N
- 2 Pru
- 311 S



2000: 1

- park tower



2009-2010: 3

- trump
- aqua
- legacy




2018-202?: 5 + 6 active proposals

- one bennet
- NEMA
- vista
- 110 N
- OCS


- tribune east
- 400 LSD 1
- 400 LSD 2
- LSE site I
- 1000M
- salesforce
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^ Of which Salesforce is almost definitely a go since they have an anchor tenant, and 1000M is "Starting in October!" (or November....or December.....or never) perhaps
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