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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Optima II Finally Ready to Start Construction
Jun23

Optima II Finally Ready to Start Construction

Some new skyscrapers seem to be on a juggernaut — they go from notion to city hall to finished faster than a reality TV wedding. But other skyscrapers take their time. And for reasons that are maddeningly none of our business, some seem to get stuck.  We’re happy to report that after months of nothing going on, Optima Tower II (220 East Illinois Street) is officially unstuck. In the last few days, the City of Chicago has issued...

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Status Update: Optima II
Feb23

Status Update: Optima II

Foundation work continues on the second tower in the miniature downtown development known as Optima Chicago Center. The first tower, a 42-story black and blue glass monolith at 200 East Illinois Street, opened in October of 2013. The second tower, next door at 220 East Illinois, is expected to rise 57 stores into the Streeterville skyline this year. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell visited the construction site...

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Status Update: Optima Chicago Center
Apr02

Status Update: Optima Chicago Center

The Optima Chicago Center (200 East Illinois Street) is gaining height and prominence in the Streeterville skyline.  Now that it’s climbed significantly past its black glass parking podium, the blue glass has taken over. When completed, it will have 325 apartments over a 238-car garage and a smattering of retail space in a 42-story glass block. For a long time, we were worried that this would be a very ugly addition to the...

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