Getting Ready For Another Loop Skyscraper

It was just a few weeks ago that ground was broken for two of the final four skyscrapers destined to rise in Lakeshore East.  Now there are promising signs that a third tower will sprout soon.

Pre-construction work for Building O (Courtesy of Loop Spy Jody)
Pre-construction work for Building O (Courtesy of Loop Spy Jody)

Loop Spy Jody dropped some pictures in our tip line after spotting a geotechnical crew doing soil sampling at 193 North Columbus Drive — the space between Aqua and 300 East Randolph where Building O is going to go.

The 53-story bKL design is a triple-use skyscraper: 33 Floors of apartments on top, and then two 20-story hotels on the bottom, next to each other.

Rendering of Tower O (Courtesy of bKL Architecture)
Rendering of Tower O (Courtesy of bKL Architecture)

We’ve seen this kind of work in this place before, but that was close to a decade ago.  And with the recent activity on the other side of Lakeshore East Park, it’s just a matter of time before we see something grand wedged into this spot.

Location: 193 North Columbus Drive, The Loop

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  1. From the erroneous title of this article, I think it’s about time you get a map and figure out the boundaries of the loop. It would also be a great time for you and curbed Chicago to get a dictionary and look up the definition of the word tower. Hint, tall slender building, not a 6-story block.

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      > From the erroneous title of this article, I think it’s about time you get a map and figure out the boundaries of the loop

      Right back at ‘ya!

      > It would also be a great time for you and curbed Chicago to get a dictionary and look up the definition of the word tower. Hint, tall slender building, not a 6-story block.

      If you think this is a six-story block, then you might want to contact a third grade teacher for some remedial math courses.

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  2. Feel better getting that off your chest Robert?

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