Skyline-Changing South Loop Plan Ready to Debut

If you thought 2020 was the year of the mega project in Chicago, 2021 is no slouch, either. Just four days into the new year comes word that the One Central project is still very much alive. 

March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development)
March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development)

One Central is a proposal to deck over the Metra tracks just west of the Museum Campus in the South Loop and put up a mini neighborhood that’s maxi on skyscrapers. 

The plan first surfaced almost a year ago. At the time we reported:

The development designed by Perkins + Will includes nearly a dozen towers running north-to-south between McFetridge Drive and McCormick Place. The focal point is a pair of brawny skyscrapers reminiscent of both the Willis Tower and 875 North Michigan, joined by a skybridge up high, and an intermodal station below, linking Amtrak, Metra, and a new spur of the CTA Orange Line. There’s also the notion of using the below-grade bus shuttle route that runs between McCormick Place and the Illinois Center for public transit.

Now the developers are ready to dish the details in a public meeting later this month. What we know so far is that it’s shaping up to be 9,050 new homes for people, 3,500 new homes for cars, and 12,500,000 square feet of hotels, retail space, office space, and meeting room.

If you’d like to attend, it’s Monday, January 25 at 6pm on the Zoom platform. Register here.

Author: Editor

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