There are two things you can write to get a reaction out of the staff at The Chicago Architecture Blog: “New Glass!” and “New Name!”
But something one should never do is announce both of those phenomena without making sure you’re not blocking the fire exit.
Such was the case Monday, when we scrambled on foot over to Lake and Halsted to confirm rumors the Booth Hansen-designed residential tower at 171 North Halsted had begun installing the latest version of windows. We’ve enjoyed watching progress from the comfort of the West Loop bureau, but the lower floors are hidden from our view, so word of shiny new glass on the exterior was quite the shock. But the bigger surprise was yet to come.
For later in the day, while perusing the website of developer Shapack Partners, we noticed a name change for 171 North Halsted. Shapack is now calling it The Parker Fulton Market. Have to say, we’re heavily in favor of ditching the address-as-name thing, especially when giving a nod to the neighborhood in the process. We’ve reached out to Shapack Partners for more about where the new name comes from. In the meantime, let us remind you of the Parker stats:
- Shapack Partners – developer
- Booth Hansen – design architects
- Focus Construction – general contractor
- 29-story tower
- 227 rental units
- 145 parking spaces
- 9,000 square feet of retail space
- really cool curved facade faces the Kennedy Expressway
- green roof
- LEED silver
- amenities including outdoor deck and pool, dog run, lounge and party room, fitness and yoga room, and 29th floor indoor/outdoor terrace
- expected occupancy in June 2016