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 Tops: River Point Edition
Sep21

The Tops: River Point Edition

It’s been a long time since we’ve done an edition of The Tops, where we show you the tops of Chicago buildings that people normally can’t see. This time it’s the top of River Point at 444 West Lake Street, where construction crews are glassing over the angles and curves imagined by Pickard Chilton Architects for Hines and Ivanhoé Cambridge.  The picture, like so many others, comes from Joe Zekas over at...

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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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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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Status Update: River Point
Jul23

Status Update: River Point

River Point, the future western bookend of the main branch of the Chicago River is more than two-thirds of the way to its eventual maximum number of floors, according to photographs sent in by Loop Spy Michael. When complete, the Pickard Chilton-designed building at 444 West Lake Street will rise to 52 stories.  Its elevator core is currently around the 35-story mark, and growing, a dramatic presence in the Fulton River District.  But...

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Status Update: River Point Starting to Grow
Feb17

Status Update: River Point Starting to Grow

River Point (444 West Lake Street) is starting to take off.  The future 52-story skyscraper’s concrete core has reached about level nine, according to the photograph sent in this morning by Fulton River District Spy Mike.  When finished, the tower hard against North Canal Street will climb 730 feet into the sky, gazing directly down the main channel of the Chicago River. In exchange for the sunsets that used to be visible from...

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Point’s Public Park Positively Progressing
Apr08

Point’s Public Park Positively Progressing

The public park portion of the River Point development (444 West Lake Street) is really coming together. Walking by the other day, it’s easy to imagine how it will integrate into the rest of the city, with the elevators, ramps and staircases already mostly built.  One of our spies was over there recently and sent in these great pictures that not only show the park’s progress, but also the interior of the completed rail...

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Status Update: River Point’s Rail Tunnel
Oct25

Status Update: River Point’s Rail Tunnel

Fulton Rive r Spy Alex sent over this great picture of the construction of River Point (444 East Lake Street).  You can really see how wide the Amtrak tunnel beneath the future River Point Park is.  You may remember that Amtrak required the tunnel be a little extra wide so there will be room for a future high speed rail line into Union Station. The entirety of that deck will be park space.  Then on the left you can see an area...

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