Very First Indication That the Holy Name Tower is On Its Way

We’ve been waiting for years for Holy Name Parish to do something tall and skyscraper-like with the surface parking lot it maintains across the street from its cathedral at 735 North State Street.  We thought it was most likely to come a few years ago when the cathedral suffered a series of unfortunate water and fire incidents with its roof.  But it wasn’t until just this past April that Crain’s Chicago Business broke the news that JDL’s Jim Letchinger put $110 million into a basket for the property on the southwest corner of Chicago Avenue and State Street.

Now we have our first concrete evidence that things are moving forward at the site.

Pre-construction work on the Holy Name Tower, which is a name we invented because we've got to call this something (Courtesy of Near North Spy Brian)

Pre-construction work on the Holy Name Tower, which is a name we invented because we’ve got to call this something (Courtesy of Near North Spy Brian)

Near North Spy Brain slipped a photograph into our tip box showing a soil sampling rig all set up at the current parking lot/future skyscraper-palooza.  Exactly what it’s doing there is, of course, anyone’s guess.  It could be sampling the soil so that architects can figure out how tall they can build.  Or it could be sampling the soil to figure out what kind of foundations are needed for an already-designed building.

But regardless, this is the first sign that something big this way comes.  So enjoy the evening sun through Holy Name’s rose window while you still can.

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Location: 750 North State Street, Near North


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