New Chicago Skyscrapers Look Good in Pinstripes

There was a time when people got dressed up to go into The Loop.  But ever since it somehow became OK to wear sweatpants in The Walnut Room, the only place you’ll see a fedora is on a Metra train headed to the north suburbs.

Cirrus and Cascade under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy C.)
Cirrus and Cascade under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy C.)

That’s why it’s so delightful to see Cirrus and Cascade, the newest skyscrapers going up at Lakeshore East, all decked out in pinstripes.

Loop Spy C dropped these photographs into our Tip Line.  They show the new towers rising on the southwest corner of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.  When complete, Cirrus will be 47 stories tall, and Cascade 37.  Together, the buildings developed by Magellan Development and Lendlease will bring another 800 new homes to downtown Chicago.

Pinstripes are as Chicago as Tommy guns, cement overshoes, and ending your sentences with a slurred, “Sheeee?” Like those customs of the past, these orange and red protective coverings will also disappear, as renderings of the buildings designed by bKL show they will be true blue when they’re done.

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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