Optimistic About Optima II
Jul17

Optimistic About Optima II

After a slow start, one thing is starting to lead to another at the site of what will eventually be the Optima II tower, behind Tribune Tower at 220 East Illinois Street in Streeterville. It’s been almost a month since the city issued permits for a temporary tower crane to get the 54-story residential building started. And as The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell discovered, the little red stub is finally in place...

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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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