The 411 on 444 West Lake
Dec29

The 411 on 444 West Lake

If you love downtown Chicago and you love parks, there’s good news waiting for you on the west bank of the Chicago River.  Loop Spy Chris dunked a couple of dozen photos into our tip line showing the newly completed park in front of River Point (444 West Lake Street). It’s hard to believe that just a couple of short years ago, this area was covered in gravel, smelled like diesel exhaust, and punctuated by the shrieks of...

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The Park at River Point is Starting to Look Like a Park
Aug09

The Park at River Point is Starting to Look Like a Park

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been following River Point for eight years. Back when it was approved in 2008, it was just known as 444 West Lake, and the park along the riverfront was just a dream. The narrow riverwalk portion of the project has been open for quite a while, and now the 1.5 acre elevated riverfront park looks like it’s getting close to becoming reality, too. The park is elevated because in reality, it is a cap for the...

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A Crane Goes to Nest, and a Construction Nexus is Calmed
Mar08

A Crane Goes to Nest, and a Construction Nexus is Calmed

  For the past year, if you wanted to be someplace in downtown Chicago that simply tingled with promise, progress, and prosperity, that place was the confluence of the Main and North Branches of the Chicago River.  Simultaneously, bKL’s Wolf Point West was going up, CDOT’s Riverwalk was being expanded, Pickard Chilton’s River Point stretched upward, and Goettsch’s 150 North Riverside started its impossible...

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Slice of Lights: River Point Illuminates the Chicago River
Dec07

Slice of Lights: River Point Illuminates the Chicago River

As River Point (444 West Lake Street) continues to climb toward its ultimate 730-foot height, we feel the need to remind ourselves the tower will look so much more spectacular once completed. That may seem rather obvious, but passing by, especially after dark, continues to be one of our favorite pastimes at the Chicago Architecture Blog. There are lots of construction sites around Chicago that will instantly grab your attention, but...

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River Point From the Top Down [u]
Sep02

River Point From the Top Down [u]

Chicago’s most photographed skyscrapers are usually the Willis Tower, the Hancock Center, and the Wrigley Building.  These days it’s the construction trifecta racing to the sky along the Chicago River — River Point, 150 North Riverside, and Wolf Point West. Paul Kulon sent in this picture showing all of River Point in its under-construction glory.  He took the photo from the slightly-less under construction Wolf Point West...

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River Point Slips Into Something Tight and Shiny
Aug26

River Point Slips Into Something Tight and Shiny

River Point (444 West Lake Street) has been shrouded in mystery from the get-go. We’ve been able to watch the core grow up through the center of the tower, but all the exterior work has been covered, shielding outsiders from peering in. So it was a delight to wander past River Point last week and see the curtain raised just enough to reveal its latest outfit: glass. Luxurious, curved, blue-sky-reflecting glass. According to...

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