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Old Posted Jan 17, 2022, 5:07 PM
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Are they done building that connector road that runs underneath this tower. I want to go check that out in person some day. That will allow through traffic as well
There are pictures of it completed earlier in this thread.
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Old Posted Jan 17, 2022, 5:39 PM
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Adding a bike lane/parking lane would make these roads unsafe? I never said I wanted traffic to go faster on these roads, I simply said that these very narrow streets without parking lanes did not resemble typical Chicago residential side streets. I also said it was not a major problem, more of an observation. If safety is such a concern, by all means add speed humps every 15 feet. Not that it matters, since the roadways will not be getting a redesign anytime soon.

And I am all for reducing, if not outright removing all the streets in Grant Park. I could see why removing Columbus would be difficult since it is such a large traffic distributor, which in that case tunneling under the park would be great, although fiscally impractical. Monroe, Jackson, Balbo and Ida B Wells Dr. (west of Congress Plaza Drive) should be entirely removed (except for short sections of Monroe and Jackson that would be needed for access/service drives to the Art Institute).
I agree the upper-level streets in LSE aren't great. The sidewalks are too narrow, I don't even think they meet ADA (not enough clear space around obstructions). They tried to "soften it up" with planter boxes and that just made things worse.

In that StreetView link, you can see that the roadway is plenty wide for two-way traffic and parked cars on both sides, but parking is banned on those streets so they just feel wide and hostile. (36' curb to curb)

Thankfully the new sections that were built as part of Vista/St Regis are much better. High-quality pavers, decent space for pedestrians, and narrower driving lanes/narrower turn radii to calm traffic.

https://goo.gl/maps/F7ZaCM5UTYpohjGo7

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Are they done building that connector road that runs underneath this tower. I want to go check that out in person some day. That will allow through traffic as well
They're done building it, but it doesn't really allow "through traffic" exactly because it connects to the sub level of Wacker (the lowest level where the auto pound is) and not to Lower Wacker (the middle level that is a busy 6-lane connector road). Sub Wacker just leads you to other sub level streets with loading docks, or the parent dropoff area for GEMS. You have to go up a level to exit the LSE/Illinois Center area.
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https://goo.gl/maps/F7ZaCM5UTYpohjGo7

They're done building it, but it doesn't really allow "through traffic" exactly because it connects to the sub level of Wacker (the lowest level where the auto pound is) and not to Lower Wacker (the middle level that is a busy 6-lane connector road). Sub Wacker just leads you to other sub level streets with loading docks, or the parent dropoff area for GEMS. You have to go up a level to exit the LSE/Illinois Center area.
I think Urban Politician was referring to the Upper Wacker level connection to East Waterside Drive to complete the loop around LSE. The connector is shown in part in your linked streetview.
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Old Posted Jan 17, 2022, 7:08 PM
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Yeah, the upper level connection is open too. It's pretty quiet though, not a lot of traffic so it works nicely as a shared auto/pedestrian space. However, they are not done with all the landscaping for the "plaza" and dropoff loop in front of the St Regis hotel entrance, which is at the stub end of Upper Wacker. I'm guessing they won't finish it until the hotel opens.
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I think Urban Politician was referring to the Upper Wacker level connection to East Waterside Drive to complete the loop around LSE.
That's been open since at least April 2021.
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That's been open since at least April 2021.
You can see it on google maps street view, even though the imagery is several months old.
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As of Nov 11:

St. Regis 42% closed according to deeds, developer claims 60% closed or under contract (under contract not easily verified).

For Tribune, respective numbers are 33% and 50%.
For comparison the 100 fl Waldorf Astoria in Miami that is just breaking ground is reported at 72% sold.

https://www.thenextmiami.com/100-sto...r-now-72-sold/

I'm going to blame this one on the weather.
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For comparison the 100 fl Waldorf Astoria in Miami that is just breaking ground is reported at 72% sold.

https://www.thenextmiami.com/100-sto...r-now-72-sold/

I'm going to blame this one on the weather.
I'm going to bet that a much higher fraction of the st Regis will live there full-time.
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Another high profile sale for St. Regis. Encouraging news. Hopefully these sales can help make a case for Tribune East!

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/resi...rkets-bull-run
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Old Posted Mar 29, 2022, 10:39 PM
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Another high profile sale for St. Regis. Encouraging news. Hopefully these sales can help make a case for Tribune East!

https://www.chicagobusiness.com/resi...rkets-bull-run
Or at least give Magellan some momentum for parcel I
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^ Good point. It is much more likely to bode well for LSE Parcel I, which we won't have to wait long to see realized anyway, as it's in such a hot location.
Why would it bode well for Parcel I moreso than Tribune or 400LSD?

It's great news of course but just curious...
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Magellan still has a lot of inventory to sell between Vista and Cirrus. We may still be a year or two out from seeing parcel I get moving. Tribune is only proposing ~125 condos and I assume they will all be pretty high end, like St. Regis' upper units, which is why I think it's a good indicator.
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Old Posted Mar 30, 2022, 7:14 PM
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Here's my question. When is that restaurant gonna open?

Those are going to be some BAD ASS views. I"m going to enjoy sipping some drinks in there. I might just go there for a few drinks and the views alone
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Old Posted Mar 30, 2022, 8:23 PM
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Here's my question. When is that restaurant gonna open?

Those are going to be some BAD ASS views. I"m going to enjoy sipping some drinks in there. I might just go there for a few drinks and the views alone
+1 on this
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Old Posted Mar 30, 2022, 8:33 PM
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1st annual skyscraper page night out.....
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Old Posted Mar 31, 2022, 7:15 PM
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Because Parcel I is directly tied-in with the St Regis project. Same developer. The profitability of St Regis is good for the chances of Tribune II, however it's *great* for the chances of Parcel I.
Gotcha, forgot about that. I'm assuming 400LSD is also pretty likely to happen considering Related is reputable. Despite not being a supertall I'm excited for that addition too, they're gorgeous towers.

Imagine the Chicago river being a supertall canyon a few years from now, Parcel I (assuming it may clear 300+) and Vista at the gate and Tribune and Trump in the background.
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1st annual skyscraper page night out.....
The Billy Goat is much more affordable - though lacking in views.
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