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Old Posted Sep 24, 2019, 3:10 PM
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The transformation happening west of the Kennedy is amazing. And some really solid designs to boot.
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Old Posted Sep 24, 2019, 3:11 PM
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Flying up now. They have a small army of people working on site. Still disappointed that they chose to not preserve the facade of the handsome brick building to the south.
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Old Posted Sep 24, 2019, 4:05 PM
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Has there been any permits issued for the IMD Gateway highrise portions? I see they have started Potholing the Southern section of the site where the Hotel and Residential tower will go. The retail appears close to delivery and Starbucks signage has appeared on the hard corner space facing Damen and Ogden...

Basically the site prep appears to have started for the two towers shown here:





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Old Posted Sep 24, 2019, 4:25 PM
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Has there been any permits issued for the IMD Gateway highrise portions? I see they have started Potholing the Southern section of the site where the Hotel and Residential tower will go. The retail appears close to delivery and Starbucks signage has appeared on the hard corner space facing Damen and Ogden...

Basically the site prep appears to have started for the two towers shown here:





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I live nearby and was wondering what was going on here. The retail portion has taken so long to complete. Aside from Starbucks, there will be a Jimmy John.
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Old Posted Sep 24, 2019, 6:27 PM
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Good lord that is boring.
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Old Posted Sep 24, 2019, 7:11 PM
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What is going on in Chicago? I had no clue the scale of the current boom was this widespread. I'd love some up-to-date aerial photos showing the emergence of a transforming near west side.
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Old Posted Sep 24, 2019, 11:13 PM
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Good lord that is boring.
Perhaps a bit boring, but definitely going to help bring some life to a rather lame part of the IMD
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Old Posted Sep 25, 2019, 12:46 AM
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^ You mean that there are parts of the IMD that aren’t lame?
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Old Posted Sep 25, 2019, 3:18 AM
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The renderings are lame because they aren't very good. The finished product of the low-rise retail has been pretty decent, a tower with similar quality will be like one of the Logan TOD designs.

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^ You mean that there are parts of the IMD that aren’t lame?
It's actually a extremely busy and hustling during the day. I have no idea why there isn't more retail there aside from bad city planning. There are three residential towers (twin towers at Taylor and Ashland and one at Gateway) planned for the district and four hotels (three in CCH, one at Gateway). If all that gets built, it will haven a pretty dense 24 hour population as well. Really the area just needs to be developed more humanely into an urban neighborhood. It's got historic stock all around it, good transit access, between the West Loop and Pilsen, and a huge daytime population.
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Old Posted Sep 25, 2019, 10:05 PM
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^Not to mention direct access to Little Italy
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^ You mean that there are parts of the IMD that aren’t lame?
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 1:08 AM
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Jesus H. Christ... It's beautiful!
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 3:05 PM
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Jesus H. Christ... It's beautiful!
Yes, it is, and I'm glad the people are finally now realizing that.

That's the before, imaging what the "after" shots will look like.
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 4:35 PM
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Yes, it is, and I'm glad the people are finally now realizing that.

That's the before, imaging what the "after" shots will look like.
No need to imagine, there's a lot of the completed restoration already unveiled. This picture is about a month old now, about 50% of the building is complete now:



Just imagine the burst of life three hotels within a structure like this is going to deliver to the area. There's literally a Blue Line station right there too so expect a higher than average portion of pedestrian trips for this building as well. Combine this with the Gateway development and you have a radical change for this quadrant of the IMD. If the Gateway hotel and residential towers break ground soon that's going to turn Ogden from a backwards auto sewer to an arterial lifeline connecting the IMD and West Loop... And Marshall Square/Douglas Park... Or should we call it "Studio Village" now as I saw it referred to in one MLS listing?
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 4:48 PM
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just don't look at the other side, which is considerably less beautiful. Not sure why they needed to stick whatever that is on the facing
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 5:21 PM
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^ It would be fantastic if they soon developed that lot with a block full of handsome buildings, thus leaving the south facade hidden within the newly created alley.
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 5:52 PM
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The annex wings lining the south side were rather handsome, or at least had the potential to be once again. To bad, they were knocked down.

Still, beyond happy that the north side is being restored. To think there was a time when this, OPO, and Uptown were in serious doubt. Not to count my chickens before they hatch on the Uptown.
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 6:08 PM
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New SW Loop office towers?

Has anyone else heard this news before?

This came from the Tribune's coverage of the SW Loop's recent developments: https://www.chicagotribune.com/colum...fre-story.html

"Just south of Willis Tower, Murphy Development Group is seeking anchor tenants to kick off construction of 50-story office towers alongside the existing 65-story skyscraper at 311 S. Wacker Drive.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of if, it’s a matter of when,” company chairman and CEO John Murphy said of his firm’s office proposals panning out. “The post office is a real game changer for that part of the Loop.”

South of there, Development Resources for years has sought tenants for a planned office building on a lot it owns at 401 S. Wacker Drive."
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 6:25 PM
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Has anyone else heard this news before?
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"Just south of Willis Tower, Murphy Development Group is seeking anchor tenants to kick off construction of 50-story office towers alongside the existing 65-story skyscraper at 311 S. Wacker Drive.
Koops has heard about it: http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?...atestadditions
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2019, 6:55 PM
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Has anyone else heard this news before?
Yeah these were announced foreeever ago. however I wonder if the design has changed.

From my model:


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