Construction Update
Spire Watchers On Alert, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

Streeterville residents anxiously awaiting news about what will become of the curious lot at 400 North Lake Shore Drive have been on alert recently.  That’s because some very sinister-looking tanks have recently appeared on the site that was, not so long ago, going to be the home of North America’s tallest building.

Today that site is the home of Chicago’s largest light socket.  Or deepest concrete swimming hole.  Or any number of other descriptions for what was the foundation of the failed Chicago Spire project.  Being full of water, the arrival of industrial tanks and hoses gave some neighbors hope that the foundation might be getting pumped out for some purpose.  Streeterville Spy Thomas sunk these pictures into our tip line showing what’s going on.

Tanks and pumping equipment at 400 North Lake Shore Drive (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Thomas)

Tanks and pumping equipment at 400 North Lake Shore Drive (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Thomas)

But, alas, it’s not a re-start of the Spire, or any other activity related to the site.  Word from the owner of the property, friends-of-the-blog Related Midwest, is that the storage tanks are there as part of CDOT work being done on the Lake Shore Drive bridge house next door.

So… construction, yes.  But not the work that so many people are waiting for.

Location: 400 North Lake Shore Drive, Streeterville


Author: Editor

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