Northwestern Sticks a Fork in Prentice, Then Serves up a New Skyscraper Design



Drawing of the proposed Northwestern University Medical Research Center

Drawing of the proposed Northwestern University Medical Research Center

The former women’s hospital known as Prentice is well and truly gone.  Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent in this latest photograph of the demolition team wrapping up their work on what some considered a landmark building, and others considered an eyesore.

Then just a day into our mourning, comes word that Northwestern University is moving forward with its plan to fill the Prentice space with a biomedical research center.  We introduced you to the tower almost a year ago, but back then Big Purple was mum about when it might want to start embarking up this tree, saying only that it would be some time in the future.  In the words of Blank Reg, “Remember when we said there is no future?  Well, this is it!”

To wit, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has called a public meeting for September 30th to discuss what is being called the “proposed final design.”  It was created by Chicago’s most caffeinated architecture firm, Perkins+Will.  The previous scheme was to build the 12-story podium first, then build the tower-of-undetermined-height at a future date.  We’ll find out if that’s still the plan at the end of the month.  A little birdie tells us, “yes.”

Location: 333 East Superior Street, Streeterville

More information

  • Public Meeting: 6:00pm, Tuesday, September 30, 2014 in the Hughes Auditorium at 303 East Superior Street.
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