It’s been a weird winter in Chicago. Our most recent weather event, as the Northeast dug out of double-digit snowfall, was a thunderstorm. And that sort of meteorological mayhem can wreak havoc in strange ways. Like tricking plant life into thinking spring has arrived.
Which is exactly what appears to be happening in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. At 167 West Erie Street, general contractor Linn-Mathes has planted some magic tower-crane seeds into the ground, as foundation work continues on the old Gino’s Pizza/Planet Hollywood site, and those seeds have germinated into the first blooms of a tower crane. Developers Mac West and Magellan are putting up a 39-story apartment tower here.
Designed by Chicago firm Loewenberg Architects, 167 West Erie brings 450 new rental units and 219 parking spaces (plus an additional 155 bicycle spaces) to River North, along with ground-level retail space. Topping it all off will be 29,000 square feet of green roof.