Glassy Tower Steps Up To Chicago’s Near West Side

Drawing of 1061 West Van Buren

Drawing of 1061 West Van Buren

The City of Chicago has been busy the last few years approving skyscraper projects along the I-90/94 corridor downtown as part of its plan to line the highway with buildings so people don’t notice the noise and traffic so much.  But what about the other highways slicing through our fair city like Dexter through a South Beach lowlife?

Interstate 290, the Eisenhower Expressway, may be next on the list to get a highway-hugging skyscraper.

Pizzuti Development, based in Columbus, Ohio, but with an office in Downers Grove, is shifting its focus from light industrial and office developments to apartments.  And it wants to slide a 32-story residential tower into the slice of land just southeast of the Target store at 1101 West Jackson Boulevard.

The building at 1061 West Van Buren Street is designed as a blue glass slab with two grid overlays separated by an ascending stair shape.

People on the south side of the building will overlook 290, the Blue Line, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.  While that doesn’t sound all that great, in real estate sometimes one plus one equals eleven.  Or in this case, the result is a view that will likely be protected long after any of us have stopped caring.  And breathing.

Views to the north, while not as protected, are mostly over the neighborhood’s low and mid-rise warehouses, lofts, and other smaller buildings, and should remain in tact for quite some time.

We should get more information on the project in the next few weeks, so don’t touch that dial.  Unless your TV really still has a dial. In that case, it’s seriously time for a new TV.

Author: Editor

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