A Done Deal? Lincoln Yards’ Biggest Hurdle Cleared

The biggest obstacle to Sterling Bay’s enormous Lincoln Yards development appears to have been cleared.  That obstacle was 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins.

Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay)

Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay)

In a message to his constituents, Mr. Hopkins outlined the changes that Sterling Bay made in its plan for the former A. Finkl & Sons steel mill land after his objection to the July and November versions:

  • The soccer stadium is gone, replaced with park space
  • Total park space in Lincoln Yards is now 40%, up from 25%
  • “Firm commitments” for new Chicago River bridges, and a rebuilding of Elston-Armitage-Ashland Circus

With those alterations made, the Chicago Tribune reports that Hopkins is ready to support the project when it goes before the Chicago Plan Commission.  And as we all know, if the local alderman supports a venture in his ward, the chances of the rest of the city’s bureaucracy stopping it are indistinguishable from the chances of driving from O’Hare to the Bridgeport without using your brakes.

Of course, that doesn’t 100% mean that Lincoln Yards will get built.  Chicago’s history is filled with big plans that ended up as weedy lots.  But Sterling Bay seems to know what it’s doing, and has a good track record in Chicago development.  So now with the politicians out of the way, it’s all up to the bankers, the architects, the construction teams, and the thousands of other people involved who will remake this corner of the city.

Until then, here are far too many renderings, to tide you over.


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Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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