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Northwest Dec 17, 2018 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by rlw777 (Post 8407352)
I am dubbing this the World Wide Web building due to it being impossible to not see WWW in the bracing after you notice it.

I'm getting vibes of West Virginia. Country roads. Mountain mama. West Virginia. Take me home. To the place. I belong.

ardecila Dec 18, 2018 12:37 AM

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Originally Posted by jpIllInoIs (Post 8406219)
IIRC the OPO and CUS train platform redesign includes a pedestrian tunnel to Clinton Station from OPO.

According to Mr. D, there will be a reserved pathway through this building's underground garage using the old Amtrak garage connection.

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Originally Posted by Mr Downtown (Post 8311375)
A passageway through the garage will be open to the public, offering all-weather access to Clinton & Van Buren.

After that, it's up to CDOT to build a one-block tunnel under Clinton to the Blue Line mezzanine. Ideally that would also include an elevator down to the CTA platforms. If we're lucky, the state office building along Clinton has a basement that can accommodate a passageway. Or maybe Gov. Pritzker will decide to tear down that ho-hum building and sell to developers, instead of the Thompson Center.

Mr Downtown Dec 18, 2018 3:54 AM

^Yes! Now that would be a win for everyone!

untitledreality Dec 18, 2018 4:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Steely Dan (Post 8404540)

The pedestrian outlook for both Clinton and Van Buren looks dire. These stupid plinth parks seemingly always come at the expense of the pedestrian experience.

the urban politician Dec 18, 2018 4:18 AM

^ I kind of agree. Why are they doing an elevated park again?

BonoboZill4 Dec 18, 2018 4:43 AM

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Originally Posted by the urban politician (Post 8412317)
^ I kind of agree. Why are they doing an elevated park again?

They still need to put tons of parking underground, so that has to do with it I'd imagine.

LouisVanDerWright Dec 18, 2018 2:03 PM

Oh gross it's raised? That ruins this tower. The city needs to put it's foot down. If you want the handout then put the fucking parking underground. This should be a plaza adjoining the bus station which would greatly increase the pedestrian experience around Union Station. Instead it's a little fortress that doesn't do shit except give the office workers a nice smokers Outpost.

aaron38 Dec 18, 2018 2:54 PM

It only looks raised at the NW corner where the garage entrance is. The walking paths slope down to street level at Van Buren and Clinton. The Van Buren pedestrian experience looks fine. Clinton gets a grassy knoll and then a garage entrance, then the CTA bus station. So Clinton already isn't a pleasant stroll with the busses coming in. Might as well put the garage entrance there and slope the park up onto it.

Edit: How old is that bus station? It's there in Google streetview, but the satellite image still shows a parking lot north of the parking garage.

k1052 Dec 18, 2018 3:45 PM

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Originally Posted by aaron38 (Post 8412629)
Edit: How old is that bus station? It's there in Google streetview, but the satellite image still shows a parking lot north of the parking garage.

opened 2016

the urban politician Dec 18, 2018 5:16 PM

^ I was sort of thinking that the bus turnaround had something to do with why they elevated the park on that side. Usually the elevated parks that were built with office towers this cycle were done so due to some sort of ground level infrastructure.

But I do hope this is designed well and that it slopes down the way they depict it, otherwise it will really be a useless park

ESysyn Dec 19, 2018 1:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Steely Dan (Post 8404540)


and according to the rendering posted with the tribune article, it looks like we'll be getting another giant corporate logo in the sky. hooray...... :uhh:

http://www.trbimg.com/img-5c0ecd79/t...ge/750/750x422
source: https://www.chicagotribune.com/busin...210-story.html


Wait a minute, I thought that there was regulations against corporate logos on chicago buildings????

Zapatan Dec 19, 2018 1:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ESysyn (Post 8413408)
Wait a minute, I thought that there was regulations against corporate logos on chicago buildings????

I'm not sure but several have them...

Chase, Boeing, Nuveen, Salesforce (future) and probably a few others.

PittsburghPA Dec 19, 2018 3:03 AM

They passed an ordinance after the Trump Tower Sign. The signage can get larger in square footage the higher they are placed on the building and the sign holder has to employ X amount of people in the building.

Also they amended this ordinance for Salesforce so they could have a larger sign on the new tower.

roshea999 Dec 19, 2018 8:44 PM

Really hate the thought of more signage on buildings downtown.

It's on virtually every building here in Denver and it's a total eyesore.

gebs Dec 19, 2018 8:54 PM

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Originally Posted by roshea999 (Post 8414298)
Really hate the thought of more signage on buildings downtown.

It's on virtually every building here in Denver and it's a total eyesore.

Dallas has "eyebrow signage" where tenants will put their logo HALFWAY up the building. It looks so, so awful, and I hope Chicago never does it.

LouisVanDerWright Dec 19, 2018 9:44 PM

I can't think of a single sign on a building in Chicago that irks me except for the Trump building. Does the Trump stamp count as "eyebrow signage"?

Steely Dan Dec 19, 2018 9:57 PM

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Originally Posted by LouisVanDerWright (Post 8414373)
I can't think of a single sign on a building in Chicago that irks me except for the Trump building.

there's nothing in chicago as bad as milwaukee's US Bank center's billboards that block fazlur's expressed belt trusses at the top of the building, but there are still some awkward sign retrofits atop chicago skyscrapers that are somewhat clumsy in my opinion, such as the chase sign on top of chase tower and the kemper sign on top of the kemper building.

when architects specifically leave a blank area at the top of a tower for a corporate name/logo, as with the prudential building or the boeing building, the result doesn't seem quite so clumsy.

woodrow Dec 19, 2018 10:17 PM

Trump Tower sign irritates me because of where it's located on the building, and because the font is just so tacky. I was also super pissed when Chase put a sign on the First National Bank of Chicago building. It just wrong for the design of that building, which should just be unadorned. The Loew's sign doesn't bother me because I think the font is nice and the way it sits on the building. Hate the Nuveen sign on 333 W. Wacker.

I could go on and on. Though I generally dislike signs on buildings because it seems so 2nd or 3rd tier city, if the design and placement are well thought out and act as an adornment to the building, I give them a pass.

Oh, and I like big effing neon giants from the early 20th century - https://www.flickr.com/photos/rock_c...ku/43501085501

gebs Dec 20, 2018 12:16 AM

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Originally Posted by woodrow (Post 8414409)
Oh, and I like big effing neon giants from the early 20th century - https://www.flickr.com/photos/rock_c...ku/43501085501

https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/...20131204084423

BonoboZill4 Dec 20, 2018 1:34 AM

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Originally Posted by woodrow (Post 8414409)
Trump Tower sign irritates me because of where it's located on the building, and because the font is just so tacky. I was also super pissed when Chase put a sign on the First National Bank of Chicago building. It just wrong for the design of that building, which should just be unadorned. The Loew's sign doesn't bother me because I think the font is nice and the way it sits on the building. Hate the Nuveen sign on 333 W. Wacker.

I could go on and on. Though I generally dislike signs on buildings because it seems so 2nd or 3rd tier city, if the design and placement are well thought out and act as an adornment to the building, I give them a pass.

Oh, and I like big effing neon giants from the early 20th century - https://www.flickr.com/photos/rock_c...ku/43501085501

I guess NYC is a second/third tier city :koko:


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