If you’ve ever wished for a flower-shaped skyscraper to be planted in the heart of Chicago, you finally got your wish. That’s because yesterday people from Jupiter Realty, MetLife, and Allstate put hardhats on, picked up ceremonial shovels, and officially started the skyscraper currently known as 465 North Park.
The skyscraper designed by Pappageorge Haymes will rise directly across from the AMC Theaters on East Illinois Street. AMC is owned by Wanda Group, which is paying for the 93-story skyscraper three blocks to the south, where heavy equipment is currently digging the foundation for the Chinese-financed building. And one of the stars of the film Digging to China was… Kevin Bacon. Everything goes back to Kevin Bacon.
The skyscraper is shaped like three intersecting lobes, like flower petals, when seen from above. The 389-foot-tall south petal actually hangs over both the fourth floor amenity deck/parking garage and the access driveway below. There’s about two-stories of clearance between the common area and the underbelly of the building’s southern extension. The reason is to keep from impinging on the sacred view corridor between Ogden Slip and the Tribune Tower. In the photograph above, provided by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!, you can see how all of the other skyscrapers in the neighborhood stand back from this corridor like a receiving line of eligible bachelors at the Trib Tower’s Southern cotillion.
When Power Construction is finished powering through this project, 465 North Park will have 444 apartments across 48 floors, plus 30,000 square feet of common space with an outdoor pool, fire pits and purportedly some epic views of Lake Michigan. We’ll find out in late spring of 2018 to find out for sure.