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It's cool that The Elysian perfectly aligns with Park Tower. Finally, a pic in which it looks good...
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That view is priceless. Wow. You really get a sense of just how layered and dynamic the Chicago skyline is.

The way the light hits Trump from certain angles (not to mention the angles of the building itself) really gives it an ethereal presence; it looks rendered into the shot!
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^ Dude, what we're about to see is going to be too painful to witness.

I beg you not to post photos of the demolition.
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Great pics joe zekas. You really captured the skyline in a way I have never seen it before. #1 skyline in U.S. especially with the new U.S. tallest. coming soon
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Thanks for the kudos

The photo was by our staff photographer, Michael Kardas.

We're hoping to get back to Optima Old Orchard next week and get up on the roof for some better shots.

The shot I posted was through a dusty window and a crop from a wide-angle lens. Some clear telephoto shots from the roof should be amazing, although there's always some haze at this distance (about 14 miles by road to downtown).
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^ Dude, what we're about to see is going to be too painful to witness.

I beg you not to post photos of the demolition.
Get real man. I don't know where you're coming from but these buildings are nothing special. I don't see what all the hubbub is about. I'm personally in favor of the plaza idea, I really don't think these two buildings add that much to the street or have much architectural merit—there just old, which doesn't always mean worth saving.
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^ This excavator has been here for awhile. I'm surprised it hasn't been moved and put to better use.

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.....I really don't think these two buildings add that much to the street or have much architectural merit—there just old, which doesn't always mean worth saving.
He means Harry's, the old dawg joint.
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Solar your use of the elevated shot to catch the building floors dead on partly up is great. I lurk and learn.
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Get real man. I don't know where you're coming from but these buildings are nothing special. I don't see what all the hubbub is about. I'm personally in favor of the plaza idea, I really don't think these two buildings add that much to the street or have much architectural merit—there just old, which doesn't always mean worth saving.
I don't know about that plaza. Building a large open space across the street from one of the biggest mistakes in the loop (the huge surface lot left behind by the demolition of the old CME) seems like a big mistake to me. That corner needs more buildings, not less, IMO. Not that these buildings are great or anything...
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May 22 - Leak test of plaza




May 29 - facade work


June 2 - still waiting to put the verticle trim on.


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Get real man. I don't know where you're coming from but these buildings are nothing special. I don't see what all the hubbub is about. I'm personally in favor of the plaza idea, I really don't think these two buildings add that much to the street or have much architectural merit—there just old, which doesn't always mean worth saving.
While I'm not going to lose any sleep over their destruction, I think that a plaza on that corner is an unworthy replacement for any functional, tax-paying use of the site.

Looking at the lobby photos of the new building next to them, I love how currently you can look through the lobby to the rough brick wall of the old building. I also think that having some old brick buildings in the area - architecturally significant on their own or not - helps keep it interesting. after all, very few of the modern buildings are easy to interact with for pedestrians.

Also, Franklin there is a speedzone, as is that section of Randolph, so you're putting a plaza next to a flurry of racing cars which, in my opinion, is sort of stupid. The building also makes a nice complement to the preserved buildings at Wells and Franklin. With a little planning that dead two blocks of Franklin could become simply stellar. A little tack-on plaza doesn't even come close to meeting that potential and, far worse, needlessly takes property tax income off the table at a time when we can use all the revenues we have.
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Well time will tell, but I have a feeling when it's done and people see it they'll agree it was worth it.
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