Urban Farming: Sewing the Seeds of a Skyscraper in the West Loop

590 West Madison rendering

590 West Madison rendering

If you know the history of Chicago’s built environment you know there are a number of downtown skyscrapers that were supposed to have twin towers rise next to them.  311 South Wacker in The Loop is one. The John Hancock Center in the Gold Coast is another.  And ABN AMRO Plaza at 540 West Madison Street in the west Loop is a third.  This last one is finally getting a sibling.

590 West Madison under construction

590 West Madison almost but not quite under construction

Construction workers have been spotted getting busy with the surface parking lot where the second ABN tower failed to rise a decade ago.  And that’s good, because there’s a deadline to beat.

In September of last year, the developer of the new office and hotel tower, Third Millennium Properties, asked the city if it could make some “minor” changes to the approved plans designed by friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners. Those changes included:

  • Increasing the building’s height by 77 feet to 572 feet
  • Reducing the number of parking spaces by 104 from 400 to 296
  • Expanding the size of the pocket park along West Washington Street

In addition to getting a pocket park at the corner of Washington and Jefferson, the existing crash barrier planters along Madison Street will go away to be replaced by fewer, larger, leafier, less obvious versions flanking the entrance to the current ABN AMRO Plaza.

590 West Madison under constructionHere’s the hitch: The city said “okie dokie” to all these changes, as long as construction begins by… wait for it… September 16, 2015.  For those of you whose DVRs blink “12:00,” that’s six days away.  So no wonder there are busy little bees from F.E. Moran and other contractors buzzing around the property.

For those of you who missed it last time around, here’s a look at what’s about to happen:

  • Name: 590 Madison
  • Address: 590 West Madison Street
  • Developer: Third Millennium Properties
  • Architecture firm: Goettsch Partners
  • Web site: http://590wmadison.com
  • Height: 572 feet
  • Floors:42
  • Parking spaces: 296
Location: 590 West Madison Street, West Loop


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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