Change Comes From Within at the New Ability Institute Building
Apr04

Change Comes From Within at the New Ability Institute Building

At first glance, there’s not much to see at the new Ability Institute Building at 355 East Erie Street, soon to be home of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  That’s because exterior work is pretty much wrapped up, and all of the action is happening inside.  According to a construction update from senior vice president Nancy Paridy: The building structure and enclosure are substantially complete. The East and South...

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Status Update: The Rising RIC
May27

Status Update: The Rising RIC

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new Ability Institute skyscraper at 630 North McClurg Court (formerly 355 East Erie Street) is really starting to look like something.  The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell paid a visit recently and found that it’s quickly becoming a nice, shiny, blue glass tower in the heart of Streeterville.  It’s not as visually tall or imposing as we’d expected, and...

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Status Update: AIOTRIOC (Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Feb17

Status Update: AIOTRIOC (Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

The Streeterville block that brought Chicago M*A*S*H and Chicago Hope will soon be full of actual doctors doing actual amazing things, and not just people playing doctors on TV. Our Daniel Schell recently wheeled by the rising Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago going up at 355 East Erie Street, on the site of what used to be the CBS Building. And while it’s great to see a vacant lot turned into a...

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Status Update: Ranger RIC
Dec09

Status Update: Ranger RIC

The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street) is looking more and more like a skyscraper, and less and less like a steampunk nightmare, every day. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell stopped by recently and took these photographs of the building’s progress.  It’s hard to remember that this used to be the home of CBS radio and television in Chicago, and was the...

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Status Update: TAIotRIC
Aug19

Status Update: TAIotRIC

The vacant lot at 355 East Erie Street is just a memory as the Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago takes shape.  Construction has been underway for more than a year, yet the building is only up to its ninth floor.  That’s not unusual for hospitals, as they are considerably more complicated than an office building or an apartment block.  You may remember it took four years to build the nearby 22-story...

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Status Update: The Ability Institute Tower [updated]
Jun20

Status Update: The Ability Institute Tower [updated]

Streeterville’s newest medical skyscraper is slowly pulling itself out of the earth and taking shape.  The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street) will eventually be a half-billion dollar, 445-foot-tall shiny blue tower on the site of the old, historic CBS Studios building. The core and decks at the parking garage levels will continue to be our primary focus over the coming month and...

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Status Update: RIC’s Place
Mar27

Status Update: RIC’s Place

For the first time in a long time, a medical skyscraper is going up in Streeterville that doesn’t have the name “Northwestern” on it. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new tower, called the Ability Institute, is rising at the corner of East Ontario Street and North McClurg Court.  It’s the former location of the CBS building where in 1960 the world’s first televised presidential debate took...

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Status Update: Laying the Foundations of Ability
Oct02

Status Update: Laying the Foundations of Ability

Caissons are being drilled at the future site of The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street), the latest medical skyscraper to sprout up in the greater Streeterville area. Construction crews are working Saturdays as well as the occasional evening and Sunday to get the job done, sending nearby al fresco diners searching for noshes elsewhere.  Foundation work was supposed to start at the end...

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