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Old Posted May 16, 2021, 6:50 PM
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Old Posted May 18, 2021, 11:47 AM
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BMO last Thursday:





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[QUOTE=dropdeaded209;9283530]BMO last Thursday:



I guess I wasn't anticipating that BMO would have a sizable impact from the river (looking north on south branch and looking south from confluence).
     
     
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BMO last Thursday:



I guess I wasn't anticipating that BMO would have a sizable impact from the river (looking north on south branch and looking south from confluence).
It's huge - coming N on wells and then West on the Ike it dominates
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It's really cool to see this extending the skyline significantly to the south.
     
     
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Old Posted May 19, 2021, 1:27 AM
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A couple shots from 5/8







     
     
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A couple shots from 5/8
Nice shots --- and a nice hike.
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Excellent shots, zimme!

Especially that last one.
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To be honest, I was bummed the SOM proposal, the Cheese Grater, didn't win for this spot. This one has turned out quite nice, an excellent addition to the city. I'm a fan.
     
     
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Old Posted May 19, 2021, 3:16 PM
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As some background, the original programming for this site actually retained a considerable parking component to serve Amtrak, and what is today a public park was originally a rooftop amenity deck atop a multi-story garage along Clinton. Like with some other recent projects, it was the alderman who beat down the number of parking spaces and the incorporation of a public park. The trade off is that car rentals are no longer offered from Union Station.

But the need for parking, dock, and pedway entrances and a large level space for park programming combined with the slope across the site resulted in the raised platform. In addition as rivernorthlurker noted, it was desirable to provide a barrier between the bus station and the park both for noise and fumes.

That said, many efforts were made to make the park and podium as welcoming from the street as possible. Along Van Buren the park slopes down to grade, be visually open to the street, and include 3 paths to enter the park.The wall along Clinton is held as low as possible, including a section in the middle that will slope down close to the sidewalk with terraced greenery offering a glimpse into the park. There are landscaped entrances into the park at both corners and the wall will have the same folded design as the curtainwall to make for a more interesting pedestrian experience. I would compare it to walking outside Millennium Park along Monroe and Columbus at the SE corner.
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Imo a slightly raised park a much better option than a parking garage (which was there before iirc). It's also better than a parking garage with park on top which would be incredibly removed from the streetscape.

The more I look at it I can see how they used grade changes to make the park more inviting. The circular cut out with landscaping looks good - it helps break up the blank wall. I think I'll have to experience it in person. But overall it's much better than what was there before so that's already a win.
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Old Posted May 19, 2021, 3:18 PM
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I haven’t been to Chicago in a while, but I’m pretty sure the park is on the west side of the site.
I went to visit LA where the "lake" is to the west and now I'm all turned around.
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So i have been looking for Essex in this pic thinking a 650 has to be visible and it has been hiding in front of BMO tower this whole time!
     
     
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Old Posted May 20, 2021, 4:34 AM
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terrible quality but looks like finally topped out.

     
     
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Old Posted May 20, 2021, 3:12 PM
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terrible quality but looks like finally topped out.

They’re actually building the top like the rendering. Unlike 110 with that horrible mechanical box at the top
     
     
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Old Posted May 26, 2021, 4:49 AM
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I think we all would have preferred that cheese grater design from SOM? a few years back but this guy really does stand out in the West Loop gate. Second pic is from Northerly Island and you can see it poking out.

20210524_181225 by ajdrewster, on Flickr
20210525_161307 by ajdrewster, on Flickr
     
     
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Old Posted May 26, 2021, 5:05 AM
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great photos! saw this cool one showing off BMO's impact from @betooblah

     
     
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Old Posted May 26, 2021, 4:28 PM
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Today - Alta in foreground. This one turned out better than advertised imo.

     
     
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Old Posted May 26, 2021, 9:16 PM
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^ Honestly it was a surprise. Definitely one of the better towers of this building cycle.
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