For the first time in a long time, a medical skyscraper is going up in Streeterville that doesn’t have the name “Northwestern” on it.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new tower, called the Ability Institute, is rising at the corner of East Ontario Street and North McClurg Court. It’s the former location of the CBS building where in 1960 the world’s first televised presidential debate took place between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
When complete, the new building will be 445 feet tall with 242 beds and 1.2 million square feet of space.
Right now, it’s closer to 30 feet tall as concrete columns and the elevator core sprout out of the Streeterville muck.
If you’d like to follow the construction in more detail, the R.I.C. has a construction webcam.