CHICAGO | Highrise Projects & Construction

Made an animation of Chicago’s planned development.


360 N.Green St.

„ With a design from Gensler, the 25-story building will deliver 495,000 square feet of office space, with ground floor retail space and 90 parking spaces. Expected to rise 399 feet, the tower’s new configuration will be outfitted with smaller floor plates tailored to professional services firms. When originally approved, the design called for larger, expansive floor plates geared more towards technology firms.“

1353 West Fulton Street

„ The tower is one story shorter and now rises 28 floors, but its architectural height remains roughly the same topping out at 314 feet tall with the mechanical penthouse. The ground floor will include a residential lobby off of N Ada Street accessed from an inset entrance, along with over 16,000 square feet of retail space with a roughly 1,000-square-foot inset patio at the corner with W Fulton Street offering opportunities for outdoor dining and more.“


„A set of Chicago developers are planning a 36-story, 362-unit apartment complex in the West Loop, adding to the 9,000 apartment units already planned in the neighborhood.“


A unified push to revamp Union Station: Today’s Juice


Specifically, in an unprecedented but unheralded (until now) action, Amtrak and the states of Illinois and Michigan, joined by Metra, Chicago and Cook County, are working together to seek a huge grant as part of President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, envisioning what eventually would be $850 million in work in and around the historic train depot.

Some of the work is in the station, including engineering for a complete rebuild of the station’s beyond-outmoded engineering system, $30 million or so for internal redesign to make the station flow better, and both engineering and construction to open a badly needed new platform by rebuilding the long abandoned mail-train platform. With sidings, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari, it will be able to handle four trains at once, something that those who have had to wait for a clear track to finish their trip will appreciate.

The bigger part of the first phase is outside the station. It will focus on building new track and realigning and making better use of the St. Charles Air Line bridge in the South Loop. Doing so will allow Metra to run trains south using Metra Electric and Rock Island tracks rather than relying on often congested Canadian National freight tracks.

That should allow both Metra and Amtrak trains to travel faster.

The work also will allow direct service from O’Hare International Airport to McCormick Place via Union Station—a key move that high-speed rail advocates consider a crucial piece of their plans for fast passenger trains nationwide.



Through running trains could fundamentally change how people move around Chicago and the suburbs! Give it to us mayor Petey!

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The Kennedy Cap mentioned in the YouTube video was just a visionary concept.

Aon Center observation deck. Rendering by SCB


Willis Tower in New York ???