David Childs of Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed a tw0-tower project on behalf of Related West for the Spire site. Representing the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago’s 42nd ward, Alderman Brendan rejected the design at 400 North Lake Shore Drive because of the height and bulk of the podium, a hotel use, and traffic concerns related to the location of the primary entrance. See the article in Arhcitects Newspaper for the full story.
As Hoffman Estates officials monitor the tenuous future of its largest employer, Sears Holdings, a New Jersey developer said it’s still moving forward on a massive mixed-use project 5 miles east of the troubled retailer’s headquarters in the northwest suburb.
Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a task force to brainstorm ways to manage emerging modes of transportation — as in ride-share, bike-share, car sharing, autonomous vehicles, even electric scooters. Isn’t that why we have elected officials?