Mirror, Mirror, in the Skyline…
Aug04

Mirror, Mirror, in the Skyline…

When I was a little baby journalist, busy getting my high school newspaper shut down for publishing provocative prose, I had a principal who constantly drilled into the student body the one notion he swore would lead us to success in life: “Always be in the right place at the right time.” It’s unlikely that Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! had the benefit of Father McHugh’s advice the way I did. But Mr. Zekas was,...

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Optima II Tower Starting to Make an Impact on Streeterville Skyline
Jun08

Optima II Tower Starting to Make an Impact on Streeterville Skyline

The second tower to rise at the Optima Chicago Center is finally large enough that it’s starting to become visually prominent. Optima II (220 East Illinois Street) long ago left ground level and met the elevated “street” level of this section of Streeterville.  As you can see in the photos above and below from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, it’s since risen about 19 floors; about a third of its eventual 57-story...

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Status Update: Optima II Taking Shape
Sep28

Status Update: Optima II Taking Shape

Early construction work at Optima Chicago Center II (220 East Illinois Street) is really Grand, isn’t it? What we mean is, if you want to see what’s going on at Optima these days, you need to go one block north of Illinois Street, to Grand Avenue. That’s where you’ll find crews burrowing into the soil, creating all sorts of geometric shapes and forms. The 54-story tower by architect David Hovey will deliver 381...

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