Another River North Tower to Replace Another River North Landmark

167 West Erie rendering

167 West Erie rendering courtesy of the office of Alderman Brenda Reilly.

Another crane may rise along the LaSalle Street corridor soon, and River North may lose another unofficial landmark.

Just two blocks south of where Magellan Development wants to put up a 38-story residential tower to replace the Howard Johnson’s, it wants to put up a 39-story residential tower to replace the former Gino’s East pizzeria and Mitchell’s soda shop.

Early this year, Gino’s moved down the street to the former cable car powerhouse at 500 North LaSalle Street that has seen a series of restaurants come and go over the decades.

The new tower, known right now as 167 West Erie, would rise just to the west of the shiny office building known as 640 North LaSalle.

Page 166Here’s the deets as we know them:

  • Developer: Mac West
  • Architecture firm: Lowenberg Architects
  • Height: 418 feet
  • Residences: 450
  • Retail floor space: 6,746 square feet
  • Parking: 111 spaces
  • Bicycle parking: 155
  • Garage access: Via West Erie Street
  • LEED certification will be sought
  • Green roof: 27,695 square feet
  • Height bonus through the city’s Adopt-a-Landmark program
  • Height bonus for an upper level setback
  • Height bonus for contributing to the city’s affordable housing fund

Author: Editor

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  1. Good to see several 35+ story buildings being built in this neighborhood.
    Downtown should be the place for height and density, no need to pretend to lower height for the NIMBY crowd…it’s downtown!
    Let’s get Chicago back on the map, this is a start.
    New residents, taxes, restaurants, shopping…all will follow.

    What is the landmark they are adopting?

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      I wish I knew. It’s possible that a landmark hasn’t been picked yet, as the city paperwork doesn’t list anything specific.

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  2. This building is “famous” for two things, neither of which matter. First is that this was Chicago’s Planet Hollywood, which explains the large ice cream cones and pizza slices. Those were spotlights originally. Secondly, the Amazing Race visited here during one of their seasons where contestants needed to eat a pizza or slice or something to move on to the finish line at Ping Tom Park. The tower should be a nice addition to the restaurant district.

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