In spite of yesterday’s snows qualls, we’re finally getting to the part of the year when we can think about spring without jinxing ourselves. Soon Lincoln Park will be full of daffodils pushing through the flowerbeds, the Michigan Avenue sidewalks will be full of tulips pushing through the dirt in the planters, and dandelions will start pushing through the cracks in your driveway.
One sprout that’s not waiting for warmer weather to push through the muck of Wolf Point is Wolf Point East, the soon-to-be 668-foot-tall residential tower designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli.
With the photo above, River North Spy Chris shows us that the central core of the building is now taller than the retaining wall lining the Chicago River. By the time you read this, enough concrete will be poured that it will be even with the street to the north now known as Wolf Point Plaza.
When complete, the east tower will bring a little under 700 new homes to River North, along with 3,500 square feet of retail space. This is good news because in this immediate area, the retail is pretty much locked up behind forbidding facades. The new tower will bring a little life to street level, and a welcome wind break for pedestrians crossing the Franklin Street Bridge in winter.