Friday, April 14, 2017

Curbed Checks in on 9 Current Development Projects in the Sloop

If you walk outside in the neighborhood, chances are you're going to stumble upon a large scale development underway.  If you're a reader of Sloopin you probably have your pulse on most of these, but Curbed Chicago has a great post providing an overview of 9 current projects:
Development at 1136 S. Wabash (image via Curbed)
Construction crews are busy adding several major new projects to the South Loop area which will not only reshape the neighborhood’s skyline, but will deliver thousands of new apartment units and hotel rooms to the area. The upcoming entertainment district at McCormick Place is finally taking shape as the 39-story Mariott Marquis hotel is clad in glass and the new Wintrust Arena starts filling out. 
However, the most dramatic project underway in the South Loop is the 792-unit One Grant Park which will exceed the 800-foot mark. The tower’s design, which resembles the bumbled tube style of the Willis Tower, comes from star architect Rafael Viñoly. Some skyscraper watchers suggest that the structural pinnacle could eventually reach as high 892 feet. 
Construction activity doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon either as the area has at least one more major project that has yet to line up permits and financing. 

Believe it or not, there is actually more than this...they didn't include the Riverline project (Harrison and Wells), the apartment development at Polk and Federal, and the nearly complete "30 East" apartment development at Wabash and Balbo.

It's a lot, so curious to see what impact this has to the neighborhood regarding traffic, retail development, congestion, etc.

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