If you’ve been salivating over the prospect of Tribune Media (soon to be Sinclair Broadcasting) pulling off its proposed $700 million “technology campus” along the Chicago River, then grab another napkin.
A new video has hit YouTube showing what the Trib and Riverside Investment’s 700 at the River District project could look like.
The animation delivers quite a visual punch, giving viewers a fighting chance at understanding the project’s scale and the way it fits in with the rest of the city. There’s little new information, other than an illustration showing a private road from the development to Metra’s Ogilvie Transportation Center; and a prediction that a water taxi run to Union Station would take 12 minutes.
Our advice is don’t even try to read the text or listen to the music. The animation was created by a Hungarian company, so it’s accompanied by the kind of euro-corporate synth noise that tends to come out of eastern European animation houses, and the captions are almost-but-not-quite correct grammar. But then, who are we to complain? Their English is better than our Hungarian.