What we at the Chicago Architecture Blog have taken to calling The Curve on the Kennedy (171 North Halsted Street) might conjure up nightmares for Chicago drivers. What exactly do we mean? The angled segment through Hubbard’s Cave? The constant jam as you veer west at the Edens junction? The turn at Nagle before you hit the home stretch on the way to O’Hare?
Wow. Now that we list them out, we see your point. And apologize for your hyperventilating. No, what we’re referring to is a soon-to-be 29-story residential rental tower designed by Booth Hansen. Unlike most recent Chicago high-rise projects, 171 North Halsted Street will have a curved facade looking out over the Kennedy Expressway. Consider that luscious curve swaddled in sparkling glass, and you can understand why we’d give it such a special moniker.
Developer Shapack Partners, in a joint effort with Focus Development and Atlantic Realty Partners, tells us to expect 227 dwelling units, 145 parking spaces, and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space when all is said and done.
Included in the project, as we previously reported back in April, is $735,000 to rehabilitate the old Mid-City Bank Building down the street at 2 South Halsted. The building has been empty for some time, but scaffolding already covers the walkways around it as preparations begin for its rehab.
After the first few floors of rectangular podium were started to get the tower up and running, we’ve watched the curve begin to take shape above the West Loop. Naturally, we captured some photos so you could share in the pleasure of watching this new structure round into shape with us.