Status Update: Optima Chicago Center
Apr02

Status Update: Optima Chicago Center

The Optima Chicago Center (200 East Illinois Street) is gaining height and prominence in the Streeterville skyline.  Now that it’s climbed significantly past its black glass parking podium, the blue glass has taken over. When completed, it will have 325 apartments over a 238-car garage and a smattering of retail space in a 42-story glass block. For a long time, we were worried that this would be a very ugly addition to the...

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Slice of Life: McDonald’s Framed
Apr23

Slice of Life: McDonald’s Framed

The boom of a cement squirting truck working on the Optima Tower (200 East Illinois Street) frames the not-quite-done-yet facade of Chicago’s new 14-story Ronald McDonald House. Previous coverage: Status Update: Ronald McDonald House The House That Ronald’s...

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Status Update: Optima Tower
Apr18

Status Update: Optima Tower

  The foundation is in place and this week workers are furiously pouring concrete for the lower floors of what will eventually be the 42-story residential skyscraper called Optima Tower (200 East Illinois Street). Previous coverage: New Chicago Skyscraper Faces Challenges...

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