Status Update: Elysian Chicago

There are giant banners flapping at street level proclaiming “Summer 2009” for the opening of the Elysian Chicago at 11 East Walnut Street.  Well, in spite of what the mother nature is dishing out, the calendar says that’s right about now.

It’s a project we were once skeptical about, and that others have given grief for its oversized French chateau look-and-feel.  But the tower really is coming along nicely, and is a great compliment to the Park Tower (as in Park Hyatt) down the street.

And check out that top floor — those are full-height oval windows.  Want to see more?  We know you do.  Look for a close-up in our new series called “The Tops of Chicago” coming soon to this blog.

Author: Editor

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