Chicago’s formative architectural history is not always visible if one were to walk around. Much like the city’s dozens of demolished high rises (more on that later), the never-built can also influence the realm of architecture despite lacking a physical presence. That is why every Sunday leading up to Halloween, YIMBY will cover a cancelled tower of increasing height, what lead to its demise, and what it might have looked like on the skyline. The model screenshots will retain previous weeks’ towers, though they will not be carried over to standard posts.
Articles by Jack Crawford
Construction has reached the fourth level for a nine-story commercial addition at 732 W Randolph Street in Fulton Market District. The developer, Samuel Olivia, plans for the structure to connect with two other buildings just to the east.
Structural work has reached the ninth floor at 920 N Wells Street, a 21-story mixed-use building in Near North Side. Developed by JDL, who recently completed the nearby One Chicago, this new edifice is the first piece of a much larger $1.3 billion plan known as North Union. The four-year plan will span across several blocks of land formerly owned by the Moody Bible Institute.
Facade construction can be seen at the site of 2406 W Armitage Avenue, a five-story mixed-use development in Logan Square. The corner property, located at the intersection of W Armitage Avenue and N Western Avenue, was previously occupied by a vacant one-story bank building, demolished last year.
A demolition permit has now been issued for the 18-story mixed-use high rise at 350 N Morgan Street in Fulton Market. Developed by Sterling Bay, the 288-foot-tall project is set to yield 505,000 square feet of programming, consisting of primarily class A offices and a supplementary 15,000 square feet of programming. Built to accommodate open, creative office layouts, the tower will provide its tenants with 30,000 to 45,000-square-foot floor plates.