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Old Posted Dec 28, 2009, 2:08 AM
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Gotcha - the Loop (and the few outer blocks N & W to the river) are sort of like what you'd get if you transposed Downtown Manhattan onto Midtown's grid. Very tightly packed.

One big exception though is S Wacker, the street on the other side of Willis from Wells - S Wacker is comparatively broad and feels more like Ave of the Americas (plus, you have a set-back plaza on this face).

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Then you've got the landscaped parcel lot on the Jackson side (originally a placeholder for a second smaller tower), and just across the street another landscaped plaza (which was also originally a placeholder for a second (and third!) tower). So a whole lotta open space on this side.

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^ Gotcha - the Loop (and the few outer blocks N & W to the river) are sort of like what you'd get if you transposed Downtown Manhattan onto Midtown's grid. Very tightly packed.

One big exception though is S Wacker, the street on the other side of Willis from Wells - S Wacker is comparatively broad and feels more like Ave of the Americas (plus, you have a set-back plaza on this face).
I see, now you’re speaking my language. In any case then it should have a pretty cool dense effect. What I do like about the whole idea though is the much apparent architectural contrast that these two structures have with one another. Something modern, yet a tad futuristic.
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Old Posted Dec 28, 2009, 2:33 AM
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I see, now you’re speaking my language. In any case then it should have a pretty cool dense effect. What I do like about the whole idea though is the much apparent architectural contrast that these two structures have with one another. Something modern, yet a tad futuristic.
Darn - you got back into it before I finished editing my post! - I was going to say that a better comparison to the base at Jackson might be Chrysler from Lexington (which is Midtown, I know...but we're talking Chicago here...)

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Yeah, it’s all about visualizing the placement I suppose. Eventually when I’m able to visit Chicago I’ll get a clearer idea; hopefully by then this project will have amounted to something. In the meantime I think I have a good visual by comparing it to what I know.
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ha!

I think that the planned plazas enhance the architecture of the building they front (and others). This is becoming an unsettling trend - maybe next we can build in the plazas in front of Equitable and IBM.....Oh Please, make it so...crying out to all developers and architects...destroy the IBM plaza and build, build, build, and make it high, high, high. Surround its ugliness with futuristic Jetsons designed structures.
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a beautiful tower - maybe too beautiful.

adrian smith did a good job with the challenges of the site. a must-build for chicago.
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adrian smith did a good job with the challenges of the site. a must-build for chicago.
^ Agreed that this is a must-build.

Plus it's actually realistic, unlike the Spire, which I have a feeling is......a goner
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The best thing that this project will do to the site and the immediate area is that it will bring vibrancy to an area that is very very dead late at night. This hotel coupled with the existing nearby W hotel, the Marriott in the rehabbed old building at Wells/Adams that will open next year and the new residential highrise at VanBuren/Franklin will make this southwest corner of the loop a happening place.

Also the Sears/Willis Tower block is arguably the best situated site in the entire city of Chicago when it comes to transportation. It is near almost every CTA line, many bus routes, it is roughly equidistant to all downtown Metra/South Shore stations, near Megabus and Greyhound stations and it is near the Circle Interchange, the nexus of Chicago's expressway system.
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Is this still a proposal or is it cancelled
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