Four Loop High-Rise Proposals Debut This Week

Four concepts for a new high rise building across the street from the Harold Washington Library will be presented to the public this week. Fourth Ward Alderman Sophia King is hosting an online community meeting to get to know the plans and get input from people just like you.

The location of this high-rise will be the current city-owned parking garage at 331 South Plymouth Court. Four groups have entered a competition to design a buzzword-compliant building for this space.

The location is also adjacent to Pritzker Park. This tiny slice of green in the middle of Chicago’s concrete champaign was welcomed when it opened in 2009. But in the years since, it has been feared that the property is too valuable to be left for public use, and will eventually be replaced by a building.

Earlier reporting on the high rise at 331 indicated that it may take a bite out of the park. But we’ll have a better idea if this is true once a plan is selected by the city. According to the Department of Planning and Development, here’s what each of the teams has proposed:

Assemble Chicago

Rendering of the 331 South Plymouth proposal from Assemble Chicago. (Via Assemble Chicago.)
Rendering of the 331 South Plymouth proposal from Assemble Chicago. (Via Assemble Chicago.)
  • Floors: 20
  • Residences: 207
  • Food court
  • Office space
  • Medical clinic
  • $2,000,000 for Pritzker Park improvements

Common Good Collaborative

Rendering of the 331 South Plymouth proposal from Common Good Collaborative. (Via Common Good Collaborative.)
Rendering of the 331 South Plymouth proposal from Common Good Collaborative. (Via Common Good Collaborative.)
  • Floors: 21
  • Residences: 305
  • A “market hall”
  • Community center
  • $2,000,000 for Pritzker Park improvements

ecoVIBE

Rendering of the 331 South Plymouth proposal from ecoVIBE. (Via ecoVIBE.)
Rendering of the 331 South Plymouth proposal from ecoVIBE. (Via ecoVIBE.)
  • Floors: 21
  • Residences: 224
  • Cafe
  • Art gallery
  • Medical clinic
  • 30% of the units would be reserved for low-income artists
  • $1,250,000 for Pritzker Park improvements

Inspiration Exchange

Rendering of the 331 South Plymouth proposal from Inspiration Exchange. (Via Inspiration Exchange.)
Rendering of the 331 South Plymouth proposal from Inspiration Exchange. (Via Inspiration Exchange.)
  • Floors: 12
  • Residences: 81
  • Cafe
  • Community rooms
  • Medical clinic
  • Homeless services
  • $100,000,000,000 for Pritzker Park improvements. That $100 billion figure is probably a typo.

The public meeting about this is Monday, May 3rd at 5:00pm. Register here, because that’s how things are done these days.

Location: 331 South Plymouth Court, The Loop

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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