A Fine Frenzy on Franklin

151 North Franklin pre-construction (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike)

151 North Franklin pre-construction (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike)

There are no construction permits for the future skyscraper at 151 North Franklin just yet, but much work is underway getting the site ready for groundbreaking.

Loop Spy Mike sent in the photograph above showing workers scurrying all over the now vacant lot at the corner of North Franklin and West Randolph Streets where until recently a terrible Walgreens and an awesome Chinese restaurant stood.

Most interesting is the southeast corner of the lot (top, right of the photo), where a giant green box has been spray-painted on the ground with the word “VAULT” written across it.  This is probably a ComEd electrical vault, around which care will have to be taken.  Of course, this is Chicago so there’s a .003% chance the demolition crews have located Al Capone’s lost treasure.  Someone get Geraldo on the blower.  Tell him it’s for real this time.

"Paging Geraldo Rivera.  Geraldo Rivera, white courtesy phone."

“Paging Geraldo Rivera. Geraldo Rivera, white courtesy phone.”

151 North Franklin will be crowned the CNA Center when it opens, taking the title from the red steel CNA Center on the east end of the Loop.  The John Buck Company building, designed by John Ronan, will be 35 stories tall with 820,000 square feet of office space, a conference center, a public terrace on the second floor, and solar panels on the roof.

Rendering of the new CNA Center at 151 North Franklin (Courtesy of the John Buck Company)

Rendering of the new CNA Center at 151 North Franklin (Courtesy of the John Buck Company)

 

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Location: 151 North Franklin Street, The Loop

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