Habitat’s Skyscraper Forest Spreads to Fulton River District

The next Habitat/SCB residential skyscraper to adorn Chicago’s River North neighborhood won’t actually be in River North.  It will be across the river in the Fulton River District.  But you won’t need a 23andMe test to know this is one of the family.  You can tell just by looking at it.

December 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal
December 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal

That 344 North Canal looks so similar to other skyscrapers nearby should set off our warning alarms about the Vancouverization of downtown Chicago.  But because this contagion is a localized event for now, we’ll let it pass and call it “identity building.”  After all, nobody complains that all 200 stories of Presidential Towers look exactly the same; they just call those four towers ugly as they whiz by on the Kennedy Expressway.

Recently 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hosted a public meeting about 344 North Canal, and we learned the kind of nitty-gritty details you’ve come to expect from this publication.

December 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal
December 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal

Because the land for this project is hemmed in by two railroad rights-of-way, the tower is situated in a northwest to southeast orientation on its site-engulfing parking podium.  That means that many of its amenities and design choices are exercises in angles.  Kids, if you can’t grok a compass and protractor, then give up you dreams of being an architect and get ready to “fight for 15.”

  • Address: 344 North Canal Street
  • Floors: 34
  • Maximum height: 375 feet
  • Maximum length: 159 ½ feet
  • Maximum width: 119 ½ feet
  • Amenity deck: on the fifth floor, capping the parking garage podium
  • Lobby: off of North Canal Street
  • Retail space: 1,400 square feet
  • Dog run
  • Dog spa
  • Fountain facing Canal Street
  • Parking garage access: From North Clinton Street, and the southbound lanes of North Canal Street
  • Bicycle parking: 141 spaces
  • Loading docks: Two
  • Loading dock access: From North Clinton Street

Location: 344 North Canal Street, Fulton River District

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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