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Southbank development. Rendering by Perkins + Will

Developed and constructed by Lendlease, Southbank is a new neighborhood development located on the South Branch of the Chicago River.

The Southbank neighborhood is zoned to offer as many as circa 2,000 units across several high rises surrounding a two-acre public park. The two-acre park will feature lush landscaping and meandering walkways that lead down to the riverfront, a natural stone amphitheater for small public events and concerts, and a viewing platform showcasing the river and surrounding cityscape. The park will also include a kayak launch and proposed water taxi stop on the southern end of the site, providing the South Loop with a new connection to the city’s vibrant downtown.

Southbank Market will feature local retailers such as coffee roasters, local restaurants and temporary pop-up retail creating a vibrant experience for residents and guests. The neighborhood is within walking distance from The Loop, lakefront and several CTA stops, offering easy access to the city’s parks, trails and museums.

Southbank, as a brand, is about celebrating artists and designers by showcasing their work within first-class buildings and public spaces for the neighborhood. It will be a neighborhood destination within the South Loop that is reflective of the area’s eclectic roots, paying particular attention to the artistic past of nearby Printer’s Row.

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Southbank development. Rendering by Perkins + Will

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I don’t know if anyone else was thinking the same thing, but I think an underrated part of this project will be how it encloses Franklin Street at the south of The Loop, sort of similar to what the Board of Trade does to LaSalle (albeit will probably be less of a dramatic view). Here are some before and afters with Sketchup Model + Google Imagery:

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Renderings by Perkins + Will

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Damn Chicago is cheap compared to nyc

Planned South Loop developments. Southbank on left and envisioned Riverwalk connection highlighted in yellow (note that some massings for The 78 are placeholder designs). Approximate massings by Jack Crawford via Google Earth

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What’s the likelihood of this entire project(s) getting built?

That’s why there aren’t as many craps and shitholes in downtown as you’ll find in New York, which the ones who aren’t are an exception.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?usp=sharing&mid=1a8qxwB3ddBftO5NxCNN7xLvwgTaY7oeN

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This looks nice but pretty small for being that close to Sears

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