Change Comes From Within at the New Ability Institute Building
Apr04

Change Comes From Within at the New Ability Institute Building

At first glance, there’s not much to see at the new Ability Institute Building at 355 East Erie Street, soon to be home of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  That’s because exterior work is pretty much wrapped up, and all of the action is happening inside.  According to a construction update from senior vice president Nancy Paridy: The building structure and enclosure are substantially complete. The East and South...

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Status Update: The Rising RIC
May27

Status Update: The Rising RIC

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new Ability Institute skyscraper at 630 North McClurg Court (formerly 355 East Erie Street) is really starting to look like something.  The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell paid a visit recently and found that it’s quickly becoming a nice, shiny, blue glass tower in the heart of Streeterville.  It’s not as visually tall or imposing as we’d expected, and...

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Status Update: AIOTRIOC (Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Feb17

Status Update: AIOTRIOC (Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

The Streeterville block that brought Chicago M*A*S*H and Chicago Hope will soon be full of actual doctors doing actual amazing things, and not just people playing doctors on TV. Our Daniel Schell recently wheeled by the rising Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago going up at 355 East Erie Street, on the site of what used to be the CBS Building. And while it’s great to see a vacant lot turned into a...

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Status Update: Ranger RIC
Dec09

Status Update: Ranger RIC

The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street) is looking more and more like a skyscraper, and less and less like a steampunk nightmare, every day. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell stopped by recently and took these photographs of the building’s progress.  It’s hard to remember that this used to be the home of CBS radio and television in Chicago, and was the...

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Status Update: TAIotRIC
Aug19

Status Update: TAIotRIC

The vacant lot at 355 East Erie Street is just a memory as the Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago takes shape.  Construction has been underway for more than a year, yet the building is only up to its ninth floor.  That’s not unusual for hospitals, as they are considerably more complicated than an office building or an apartment block.  You may remember it took four years to build the nearby 22-story...

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Status Update: Laying the Foundations of Ability
Oct02

Status Update: Laying the Foundations of Ability

Caissons are being drilled at the future site of The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street), the latest medical skyscraper to sprout up in the greater Streeterville area. Construction crews are working Saturdays as well as the occasional evening and Sunday to get the job done, sending nearby al fresco diners searching for noshes elsewhere.  Foundation work was supposed to start at the end...

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Status Update: Puttin’ Up The RICs
Aug28

Status Update: Puttin’ Up The RICs

Ground has broken, but not much else has happened at the site of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new skyscraper in Streeterville. There was much hoopla with big tents and big names a while back when the ceremonial dirt-turning event was held.  Since then a few trenches have been dug, but there’s not much in the way of progress to see yet, even though construction has been officially ongoing for more than a month....

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New Downtown Hospital Slims Down To Court Neighbors
Mar26

New Downtown Hospital Slims Down To Court Neighbors

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new hospital plan has lost some weight, and gained some fans. The RIC is moving from its current tower at 345 East Chicago Avenue to a new building to be erected two blocks away at 630 North McClurg Court, formerly the location of the CBS Building. When the plans were first presented to the public five months ago, there was little opposition. Neighbors expressed the usual concerns about...

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Little Opposition to R.I.C.’s New Hospital Tower in Gold Coast
Nov26

Little Opposition to R.I.C.’s New Hospital Tower in Gold Coast

A few days before the Thanksgiving break, a public meeting was held to explain the new skyscraper that the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago wants to build at 630 North McClurg Court.  If that address sounds familiar, it should.  It’s the former location of the CBS building, and if you hated this past election for what our political process has become, it all started in that building.  But that’s a story for another time. In the...

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