The skyscraper at 110 North Wacker isn’t done yet, but when it is, you’ll be able to sup al fresco. Lightfoot willing.
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development has given the go-ahead for the developers to tweak the plans for this building to include an outdoor dining patio its north side. This will provide views of the Chicago River, the park across the waves beneath its Goettsch cousin 150 North Riverside, and maybe even the confluence beyond.
If you were an expense account diner in the days before the phrase “these troubled times” went from antiquated cliché to common phrase to “Oh, God, please just stop saying that,” you will remember that office buildings with high-end restaurants overlooking the river brought back the 1980’s power lunch so hard that it expanded into the power dinner, the power dessert, and the power just-one-more-drink-I-can-always-get-an-Uber. And now, thanks to the Wuhan Flu, the value of outdoor seating has increased 843%.
Other changes include an increase in riverwalk seating by 25%, the number of trees will be increased by 50%, and the landscaped area will be increased a smidge, as well.
So even if you will never be able to take in the view from one of 110’s de-luxe offices in the sky, you can at least eat like one of the business elite. Just be sure to save your Trump check to pay for it.