Construction Update
River Point


The base of River Point (444 West Lake Street) is really coming together.

Train traffic has been enclosed in inside a concrete bunker, complete with a crash wall, and now facing the Chicago River is a wall punctuated with round windows, reminiscent of a nautical theme.

River Point isn’t the only building on the river with that theme. ┬áJust across the water, 225 West Wacker also features circular portholes, as does 333 Wacker.

In the picture above, sent in by one of our spies, we can see the elevator linking Lake Street with a future section of the Chicago Riverwalk, and the ramp linking Lake Street with what will eventually be a public park on top of the train tunnel.

Even though this tunnel, and another one coming soon across the street as 150 North Riverside, will block views of the Amtrak and Metra trains streaming into Union Station, the elevated park will at least provide trainspotters and photographers with a closer view of the CTA’s Pink and Green trains as they cross the river.

Author: Editor

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