Related Midwest Drives an 1,100-Foot-Tall Nail Into The Chicago Spire’s Coffin
May15

Related Midwest Drives an 1,100-Foot-Tall Nail Into The Chicago Spire’s Coffin

If you’ve spent the last eight years waiting for someone to drive the final nail into The Chicago Spire’s coffin, Related Midwest is your carpenter. Tonight the River North real estate developer pulled the cloak off of a duo of towers it plans to erect at the site of Chicago’s most magnificent hole — 400 Lake Shore Drive. 400 is an SOM design crafted by David Childs, known mostly for his work on such New York...

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At Long Last, OneEleven West Wacker Gets Its Coming Out Party
Aug21

At Long Last, OneEleven West Wacker Gets Its Coming Out Party

The transformation of OneEleven West Wacker from ugly duckling to elegant swan is now complete. Related Midwest threw a coming out party for its 60-story residential tower on Wednesday night.  Business is already booming for the gleaming new Loop property, in a bull rental market. In fact, OneEleven has already hit the 50 percent leased milestone just six weeks after opening its doors. That speaks to the demand for rental units in...

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Status Update: 111 West Wacker is Just One of the Guys
Feb14

Status Update: 111 West Wacker is Just One of the Guys

The facade of 111 West Wacker is pretty much in place, except for the part at the bottom that hides the parking garage.  But the part that 99% of people care about—the shiny, flashy top—appears to be done.  And now that it is, we can start to judge the successor to the 92-story Waterview Tower. In spite of fears from skyscraper nerds, the building actually doesn’t look bad at all.  Some worried that it would be too short and not...

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Status Update: 111 West Wacker Sets Itself Apart
Jan02

Status Update: 111 West Wacker Sets Itself Apart

As panels of skin continue to be applied to 111 West Wacker, we’re starting to see how the building will visually distinguish itself from its neighbors along the Chicago River. True to the early drawings from friends-of-the-blog Related Midwest, the building sports channels that wrap around the building’s corners.  It’s a nice touch in context. Since its neighbors at 77 West Wacker and the Leo Burnett Building (35...

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111 West Wacker Gets The Doughnut Treatment
Jul12

111 West Wacker Gets The Doughnut Treatment

Around here we like our skyscrapers the way we like our doughnuts — Fully glazed.  And thanks to a tip from Loop Spy Ryan, we see that the skyscraper formerly known as the Waterview Tower is finally getting its glazing. For months, a group of different glass panels have hung on a corner of 111 West Wacker as its new owner (friends-of-the-blog, Related Midwest) figured out what looked and worked best for the project it restarted....

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Status Update: 111 West Wacker
Jun07

Status Update: 111 West Wacker

The skyscraper formerly known as the Waterview Tower, and formerly known as abandoned, is once again reaching for the sky. Now christened 111 West Wacker, the hard work of transforming the top of a 25-story parking garage into a platform to support an apartment tower is complete.  Now the tower, itself, is rising above the Chicago River. You may remember that this was going to be a 92-story hotel and condominium tower, but...

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111 West Wacker Gets Its Crane On [updated]
Feb13

111 West Wacker Gets Its Crane On [updated]

We’ve been wondering lately when a crane will rise alongside 111 West Wacker to help finally complete that building. As hinted at by signs on the property reading “At Long Last,” 111 is long overdue. It rose to 26 stories years ago before being abandoned as a skeleton hunched along the Chicago River.  In the summer of 2012 Related Midwest bought the dead project and started breathing life into it again, as a smaller,...

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Waterview Tower Bubbles Back To Life
Jun04

Waterview Tower Bubbles Back To Life

For years it’s been the subject of speculation, rumor, innuendo, and wishful thinking.  Now the building at 111 East Wacker Drive formerly known as the Waterview Tower is finally coming back to life. Since construction stopped in 2007 on what was supposed to be a 92-story hotel and condo tower, there’s been a 25-story shell of a parking garage sitting in the middle of one of Chicago’s most prominent skyscraper row....

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