If you’re anything like those of us at Chicago Architecture, you’re sick and tired of hearing about skyscrapers.
Okay, that’s not like us at all. But shouldn’t there be more to life than height, density, and the pursuit of a zoning change?
Of course there should. Which is why we decided to turn our attention to a project not making many headlines in Chicago lately. If it’s even gotten any attention at all.
Coming to 710 North Dearborn Street in River North is a 6-story office building wedged into a lot no bigger than a sheet of paper. Not literally, but you get the picture. Designed by Ronald Kwaske of Chicago-based Kwaske Collaborative, this was originally imagined as a 7-story building, according to the Kwaske website. Alas, zoning issues got in the way, and the project became 5 stories and a rooftop deck.
Per a building permit issued by the City of Chicago, the lot is being developed by Ion Development LLC, an entity owned by a doctor working in the building next door at 712 North Dearborn. The demolition permit for the previous 2.5-story building on this site was issued back in August 2015, clearing the way for the new structure. Construction crews from Mack Companies had just gotten started when we stopped by this week to take a look.