Another Office Tower Coming To The Kennedy Expressway

It’s long been the goal of Chicago city planners to wall in I-90/94 through downtown in order to keep its noise, pollution, and bad vibes out of Chicago’s neighborhoods. We’ve seen a lot of progress toward that goal in the last decade. Now another skyscraper is going to help out.

The location of 800 West Fulton Market, the former Isaacson and Stein Fish Company. (Via Apple Maps)
The location of 800 West Fulton Market, the former Isaacson and Stein Fish Company. (Via Apple Maps)

800 West Fulton Market is expected to be a 19-story office building from Thor Equities on the northwest corner of Fulton and Halsted. The eastern portion of the block is zoned C2-5, and the western half is DX-5, so it’s not yet known if this building will take up the full block, or just part of it.

800 will sit on the other side of North Halsted Street from 740 West Fulton, one of the pioneering condo towers in the neighborhood. Though 740 actually sits on the Kennedy at the entrance to Hubbard’s Cave, 800 will play backup interference, helping deaden stray noises from the highway the way shag carpeting is stapled to the walls of craptastic small-town radio studios in rural Wisconsin.

November 2018 diagram of 800 West Fulton
November 2018 diagram of 800 West Fulton

This is actually Thor’s third time swinging its hammer at this block. At one time it was going to put up a modest four-story office building on this corner. Then four months ago it filed paperwork with the city for an 18-story piece of awesomeness designed by SOM. With any luck, what Thor is on about now is a descendant of that SOM design.

If the idea of another office tower in West Town make you all tingly in your happy bits, 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett and the West Loop Community Organization are holding a meeting about it next Tuesday, March 12th. It’s at 6:00pm at Catalyst Ranch (656 West Randolph Street). Be there, or be a regular quadrilateral.

Location: 820 West Fulton Market, West Town

Author: Editor

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