Visualizing The Carillon in River North

The backers of the new mixed-use skyscraper proposed just off Michigan Avenue are trying to drum up support.  To that end, they’re letting the public in on more details of their plans for a 60-story building at 40 East Superior Street.

Slide from Carillon public meeting (via Alderman Brendan Reilly's office)

Slide from Carillon public meeting (via Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office)

42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hosted a public information meeting about the building last week.  If you weren’t able to go, we’ve reproduced the most interesting slides from the presentation below.  For the whole thing, cliquez ici.

Among the things we know:

  • Name: The Carillon
  • Developer: Symmetry Property Development, New York
  • Development Manager: Fordham Real Estate, Chicago
  • Architecture firm: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • General contractor: Walsh
  • Site area: 37,500 square feet
  • Retail space: 30,000 square feet
  • Maximim height: 725 feet
  • Roof height: 700 feet
  • Hotel rooms: 216
  • Tunehares: 120
  • Parking spaces: 325

One interesting point is that, like most developers, they’re trying to curry favor with the neighbors by downplaying the impact the building will have on the neighborhood.  But this is the first time we’ve seen a development group going all, “Hey, look at our great podium! Isn’t it great? You’re really going to love our podium.”

Tower podiums are widely disliked in the skyscraper nerd community.  But for developers and architects in Chicago, they’re a necessary evil.  Ya gotta put the cars somewhere, and until  more people give up their four-wheeled friends and the CTA trebles in size, we’re just going to have to deal with them. When it comes to parking garages, building up is cheaper than digging down, and you get bonus retail and outdoor space that give the bean counters something to smile about.

The Carillon’s podium is being billed as a community amenity, “activating” the streetscape at the corner of Superior and Wabash, which is currently pretty dank.

Location: 40 East Superior Street, Near North Side

Author: Editor

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