Status Update: 353 North LaSalle

The last few panes of glass are being put in the top of 353 North Clark, the new office tower filling in what once was a surface parking lot across from Harry Caray’s.  The design looks good, the glass is very transparent, and the base of the thing actually resembles the pre-construction sketches.  Miracle of miracles!

Can’t wait to see what retail and restaurant opportunities develop in the podium of this building.

The bad news is what’s happening across the street:

This surface parking lot is being replaced with… a parking garage.  Not much of an improvement there, unless there is extensive ground-floor retail.  I haven’t heard much about this project, so we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed and wait to see what develops.

Author: Editor

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