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Arkadia under construction

It used to take a pretty hearty squint at Greektown to envision the city’s plans to line the east side of Halsted Street with skyscrapers to protect this treasured strip of shops and restaurants from the big bad Kennedy Expressway. But these days it’s getting easier and easier.

Our own Bill Motchan took this photograph of Arkadia, under construction at 765 West Adams Street. It’s one of several proposed and approved residential towers for the district meant to inject life into the area, while baffling the eternal wail and whine of I-90/94.

Arkadia has been growing at a rapid pace, with the glass trailing the concrete by just a few floors since it rose above its own parking deck.

When complete, the FitzGerald Associates-designed skyscraper will have 351 residences across 33 floors, plus ground floor retail. Hopefully that retail will consist of something Greek or even Greek-themed to bolster the neighborhood’s identity and uniqueness, instead of letting it whither and die under the yoke of generic currency exchanges and Subway restaurants like Little Italy.

Author: Editor

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