At Long Last, OneEleven West Wacker Gets Its Coming Out Party
Aug21

At Long Last, OneEleven West Wacker Gets Its Coming Out Party

The transformation of OneEleven West Wacker from ugly duckling to elegant swan is now complete. Related Midwest threw a coming out party for its 60-story residential tower on Wednesday night.  Business is already booming for the gleaming new Loop property, in a bull rental market. In fact, OneEleven has already hit the 50 percent leased milestone just six weeks after opening its doors. That speaks to the demand for rental units in...

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OneEleven Resurrects a Dead High-Rise as a Gleaming New Skyscraper
Jul23

OneEleven Resurrects a Dead High-Rise as a Gleaming New Skyscraper

    From Florida to California and the fly-over country in-between, America is dotted with half-built abandoned commercial developments. The empty, forlorn hulk of the partially completed Waterview Tower, built in 2008, could very well have sat untouched for many more years. Then Related Midwest took a chance on it, pulled out all the stops on a massive do-over, and voila! OneEleven West Wacker was re-born. It’s 60 stories...

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Status Update: 111 West Wacker is Just One of the Guys
Feb14

Status Update: 111 West Wacker is Just One of the Guys

The facade of 111 West Wacker is pretty much in place, except for the part at the bottom that hides the parking garage.  But the part that 99% of people care about—the shiny, flashy top—appears to be done.  And now that it is, we can start to judge the successor to the 92-story Waterview Tower. In spite of fears from skyscraper nerds, the building actually doesn’t look bad at all.  Some worried that it would be too short and not...

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Status Update: 111 West Wacker Sets Itself Apart
Jan02

Status Update: 111 West Wacker Sets Itself Apart

As panels of skin continue to be applied to 111 West Wacker, we’re starting to see how the building will visually distinguish itself from its neighbors along the Chicago River. True to the early drawings from friends-of-the-blog Related Midwest, the building sports channels that wrap around the building’s corners.  It’s a nice touch in context. Since its neighbors at 77 West Wacker and the Leo Burnett Building (35...

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111 West Wacker Gets The Doughnut Treatment
Jul12

111 West Wacker Gets The Doughnut Treatment

Around here we like our skyscrapers the way we like our doughnuts — Fully glazed.  And thanks to a tip from Loop Spy Ryan, we see that the skyscraper formerly known as the Waterview Tower is finally getting its glazing. For months, a group of different glass panels have hung on a corner of 111 West Wacker as its new owner (friends-of-the-blog, Related Midwest) figured out what looked and worked best for the project it restarted....

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Status Update: 111 West Wacker
Jun07

Status Update: 111 West Wacker

The skyscraper formerly known as the Waterview Tower, and formerly known as abandoned, is once again reaching for the sky. Now christened 111 West Wacker, the hard work of transforming the top of a 25-story parking garage into a platform to support an apartment tower is complete.  Now the tower, itself, is rising above the Chicago River. You may remember that this was going to be a 92-story hotel and condominium tower, but...

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111 West Wacker Gets Its Crane On [updated]
Feb13

111 West Wacker Gets Its Crane On [updated]

We’ve been wondering lately when a crane will rise alongside 111 West Wacker to help finally complete that building. As hinted at by signs on the property reading “At Long Last,” 111 is long overdue. It rose to 26 stories years ago before being abandoned as a skeleton hunched along the Chicago River.  In the summer of 2012 Related Midwest bought the dead project and started breathing life into it again, as a smaller,...

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Dead Skyscraper Will Rise Again: 111 West Wacker Construction About To Get Serious
Feb02

Dead Skyscraper Will Rise Again: 111 West Wacker Construction About To Get Serious

It’s been months since we first got the good news that the ghost skyscraper known as Waterview Tower had been bought by a new company that planned to resurrect it as 111 West Wacker Drive.  During those months we’ve been treated to new signs, the occasional hardhat sighting, and a whole lot of evocative concrete drilling noises. Now, as the kids say, “things are gonna get real.”  On Wednesday (January 30,...

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Status Update: Ten Glimmers of Hope at 111 West Wacker
Dec19

Status Update: Ten Glimmers of Hope at 111 West Wacker

The long, sad story of 111 West Wacker Drive is finally turning a corner. In 2005 we were expecting a 92-story, 1,047-foot-tall slender tower of shimmering wonder along the Chicago River.  Today, we’re making do with the current proposal: 59 stories.  630 feet.  But a skyscraper sized to match its neighbors is better than the 25-story hulk of an abandoned parking garage we’ve been staring at for the last six years. Now,...

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111 West Wacker: Then and Now
Jun05

111 West Wacker: Then and Now

After we published our article about the new plan for 111 West Wacker going before the city on June 21st, we received a request from Don Dobrez Jr. on our Facebook feed: Would be nice to see a side by side comparison with the original plan Sure.  We can do that. Here’s that magic slidey thing that we used in our story last year New Flagship Starbucks Cuts Wood, Stacks Bricks to illustrate changes to the new Starbucks on Rush...

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