Slice of Lights: River Point Illuminates the Chicago River
Dec07

Slice of Lights: River Point Illuminates the Chicago River

As River Point (444 West Lake Street) continues to climb toward its ultimate 730-foot height, we feel the need to remind ourselves the tower will look so much more spectacular once completed. That may seem rather obvious, but passing by, especially after dark, continues to be one of our favorite pastimes at the Chicago Architecture Blog. There are lots of construction sites around Chicago that will instantly grab your attention, but...

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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 Rises, Sans Promised Park
Jan28

Status Update: River Point Rises, Sans Promised Park

Remember when it was promised that the office tower portion of River Point wouldn’t be built until the public park was finished?  Yeah, neither does the developer. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell ambled by the construction site at 444 West Lake Street recently and took these pictures of the tower portion rising on the corner on West Lake and North Canal Streets.  Right now the steel frame is about three or...

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Developers Tell Economy To STFU; Will Build Lake Street Tower Anyway
May16

Developers Tell Economy To STFU; Will Build Lake Street Tower Anyway

For the first time in 14 years, an office tower is going up in Chicago without already having a raft of tenants lined up. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Hines, Ivanhoe Cambridge, and Chicago’s own Larry Levy are moving forward with their new Fulton River District skyscraper at 444 West Lake Street called River Point. We wrote about this building at least as far back as 2008 when we heard it was going to be scaled...

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