A Skyline-Changing Week for Chicago; City May Approve 4 New Towers

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For fans of Chicago’s urban environment, it’s always a good month when the city approves a new skyscraper.  Some months we get lucky and two are approved.  If everything goes as expected, this week the city will greenlight not one… not two.. but four new skyscrapers, and a high-rise for the greater downtown area.

Here’s a look at the five projects expected to be approved this week:


1 171 North Halsted • Residential tower
171 North Halsted Street, West Town
Developer: 171 Partners (Shapack Partners, Focus Development, Atantic Realty Partners) • Architect: Booth Hansen
28 stories • 321 feet tall • 227 residences

2 167 West Erie • Residential tower
167 West Erie Street, River North
Developer: MAC West (Magellan Development) • Architect: Loewenberg + Associates
39 stories • 418 feet tall • 450 residences

3 720 North LaSalle (“Hojo Tower”) • Residential tower
720 North LaSalle Street, River North
Developer: Superior Park (Magellan Development) • Architect: bKL Architecture
38 stories • 382 feet tall • 298 residences

4 833 Clark • Residential tower
833 North Clark Street, Near North
Developer: Ryan Companies
33 stories • 392 residences

5 1546 North Clark • Residential high rise
1546 North Clark Street, Old Town
Developer: 1546 North Clark LLC
11 stories • 125 feet tall • 122 residences


So, when does all this happen?  Thursday, during the Chicago Plan Commission meeting at City Hall.  The fun starts at 10:00am and is expected to take all day.   If you have a job, no worries.  We’ll have a reporter there for you.


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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