Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 2 — Streeterville’s Sexiest Skyscraper

319 East Illinois drawing

319 East Illinois drawing courtesy of SCB

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality.

While the majority of our Neverbuilt projects are from the history books, this one is a fairly recently cancelled project.

This was a skyscraper designed for a big-name New York financial conglomerate by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz. It was going to rise at 319 East Illinois Street, immediately north of the shiny new Loews Hotel tower, also designed by SCB.

Why this super sexy skyscraper never became reality is one of those secrets of the boardroom and we’ll never know why it didn’t come to fruition. But perhaps somewhere down the road some developer will take a shine to the design and the curvy wonder might rise after all.

Location: 319 East Illinois Street, Streeterville

319 East Illinois drawing

319 East Illinois drawing courtesy of SCB

 

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