Status Update: Optima II
Feb23

Status Update: Optima II

Foundation work continues on the second tower in the miniature downtown development known as Optima Chicago Center. The first tower, a 42-story black and blue glass monolith at 200 East Illinois Street, opened in October of 2013. The second tower, next door at 220 East Illinois, is expected to rise 57 stores into the Streeterville skyline this year. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell visited the construction site...

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How a Poem Inspired the Design of Chicago’s Newest Hotel
Feb23

How a Poem Inspired the Design of Chicago’s Newest Hotel

“Hog butcher to the World, Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler” Inspiration for design comes from any number of sources: music, a solitary walk, perhaps even a dream. You can add poetry to the list. In fact, Chicago’s newest hotel—the Loews Chicago Hotel at 455 North Park Drive in Streeterville—owes much of its design to Carl Sandburg’s Chicago. You’ll even see text from the poem in large...

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