Move over simit, the next big round thing to hit Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood is about to sprout on the corner of Madison and Halsted.
727 West Madison has been given its full building permit from the City of Chicago. Construction crews may now build Fifield and F&F Realty their full 45-story skyscraper in all its circular glory.
A prominent location on the edge of the Kennedy Expressway along the city’s east-west axis was enough to guarantee this FitzGerald Associates tower high visibility. But the West Town firm’s decision to top its podium with a glass-covered column means that during Chicago’s 189 sunny days per year, this skyscraper will dazzle and entertain.
Back down on earth, the bog-standard parking podium has 10,000 square feet of retail space, which we hope will fill up with more kitschy flaming cheese restaurants, and not the dime-a-dozen currency exchanges, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Walgreens that have already slurped the uniqueness out of so many Chicago neighborhoods.