It’s no secret that the famed Chicago Streetwall loses its luster the farther south you go. Everything has to come to an end somewhere. But the south end of the architectural cliff may get some much-needed help from big-name architect Helmut Jahn.
Details are hard to come by at this time, but Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Jahn has been picked to design a new building for the streetwall gap at 1000 South Michigan Avenue. And… that’s pretty much it. But Jahn is such a big name in Chicago and global architecture circles that it’s all one needs to send hopes soaring, hearts racing, and Fitbits spinning.
Right now 1000 South Michigan is a surface parking lot.
Jahn is known for his ample use of glass and imaginative forms, a style which doesn’t fit in well with the stoic stuffed shirts currently lining the avenue. Or so we thought until 2007 when Krueck and Sexton gave us ten stories of glass and steel oh hell yes with its Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies at 610 South Michigan. So it’s a gap that can be bridged, and perhaps elevated in the hands of Mr. Jahn and the still unnamed developer. After all, you don’t go around hiring Helmut Jahn to design a building and then put him on a financial leash. It’s like hiring Johnny Depp for a movie and only budgeting $10 for eye makeup.