Franklin Street Lot Leveled, Now on With the Show!

151 North Franklin pre-construction

151 North Franklin pre-construction

If you’re the sort of person who’s in the habit of getting your prescription refills and 40-ounce beers for the Metra ride home from the Walgreens at 240 West Randolph Street, well… stop doing that.  The store is no more.

Rendering of 151 North Franklin

Rendering of 151 North Franklin.  It’s still just a picture. Don’t try to sell Girl Scout Cookies there yet.

Loop Spy Mike sent us a photo from the rear of 155 North Wacker Drive showing that what once was a parking lot and a drug store and one of the city’s best dive Chinese restaurants is now the construction version of a blank slate, ready to start a new life.

That new life is focused around John Buck Company’s 36-story, 600-foot-tall, blue glass, squircle-shaped skyscraper.  John Ronan Architects is behind the design which will help transform this underutilized corner in the heart of the city into a buzzing center of office worker activity.

But it’s not alone.  Immediately behind 151, demolition crews are finishing up their work turning a past-its-prime parking garage into a memory.  In its place will rise Mike Moceri’s new 33-story residential skyscraper, designed by Thomas Roszak, at 215 West Lake Street.

As Ron Popeil would say, “But wait… there’s more!”

Across the street from 151 is soon to rise 130 North Franklin, another 51-story office block.

Two parking lots and a stand-alone parking garage wiped out virtually simultaneously.  It’s a good day for urbanism the Loop.

Location: 151 North Franklin Street, The Loop

Author: Editor

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