Riverbend Three Now One-Third More Complete

The Riverbend Three

The Riverbend Three on a beautiful, sunny Chicago morning.

It’s been a few months since I tried to make The Riverbend Three a thing. A lot has changed since then. Mostly, height. Let’s take a look at the progress on these three amigos.

150 N Riverside

150 North Riverside gleams in the morning sun from the Randolph Street bridge.

150 North Riverside is the baby of the group, though it’s hard to tell that lately. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Goettsch Partners, it will be a 54-story office tower when it opens in 2017. It will include a 1.5-acre park on its grounds. If that park is even a fraction as spectacular as this building has been during construction, it will immediately become one of the best places in Chicago to hang out. Imagine relaxing in the lawn and staring up at this beauty.

River Point

River Point. All glass and fancy arches. The best arches this side of the Mississippi.

River Point, which topped out in December, will some day be shorter than its neighbor across Lake Street, 150 North Riverside. The 52-story office tower rises 730 feet into the air above the Chicago River, 47 feet shy of 150’s ultimate height. This tower will also have a great 1.5-acre park at its base, but it’s those arches that will stand out most. Expect River Point’s grand opening early in 2017.

By the way, its address is 444 West Lake Street. At least for now. It is *not* 200 North Riverside Plaza.

Wold Point West

Wolf Point West, the first of three proposed towers at Wolf Point.

Wolf Point West is the only residential tower of The Riverbend Three. The 48-story building is 493 feet tall and boasts 509 apartments. It was designed by another Chicago firm, bKL Architecture. The first tenants started moving in back in January; none of them have invited me up to check out their views of the Chicago River and skyline. Rude. Still, it’s too soon to give up hope; there are two more towers slated for the space at Wolf Point.

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150 North Riverside. November Update

150 N Riverside

River Point and 150 North Riverside continue to grow up together, like your new neighbors’ kids.

A minor setback has done little to slow down progress at 150 North Riverside. The first Monday of November shows 14 (and a half?) floors have been added atop the upside-down-pyramid-shaped base. I left the house for work without my camera, but seeing the way the sun was hitting the tower, I whipped out the ever-present iPhone and snapped a few shots on the way to the brown line.

Did you need an update? Probably not. Can I walk by on a morning this beautiful without taking pictures? Absolutely not. So here you go…

150 North Riverside Crew Demonstrates Why I’m Not in Construction

 

150 North Riverside lead photo

No. Just…no.

Heights.

Kudos to the crews from Clark Construction here at 150 North Riverside, and everyone else in the construction industry, willing to climb to such heights so we all have places to live, work, and play.

Now, enjoy some photos.

 

150 North Riverside, Cont’d

150 North Riverside as of Monday, September 21.

150 North Riverside as of Monday, September 21.

You didn’t ask me for more pictures of 150 North Riverside, but they’re still building, so…

150 North Riverside Takes Center Stage

150 North Riverside

150 North Riverside

I Still love Aqua. I always will. But this building is fascinating to watch under construction. If you see her, tell her I’m sorry. (She won’t return my calls.) I’ll be back, but for now, I can’t walk away. Not all the way over to the New East Side, anyway.

I didn’t know anything about architecture and construction when I used to walk across the Lake Street bridge on a daily basis. I’d look down along the west river bank and wonder what the small oil derrick was doing in the lot next to the water. Soil sampling, I would find out later. Which would soon lead to some serious earth moving, and ultimately graduating to full-fledged major construction. And I would become obsessed.

150 North Riverside in Chicago is not your average skyscraper project. Maybe there wasn’t much fanfare getting things started; again, I didn’t know much about this city’s new buildings. This particular development got a huge shot the arm — and a hole in the hull — when crews loading mud and silt into a barge broke it in half and sunk it. Suddenly every media outlet in town headed to the Chicago River to see the latest saga in what had become a very bad year for Chicago barges. Citizens congregated on the Randolph and Lake Street bridges, discussing what had gone wrong and the best ways to mend the situation. And 150 North Riverside was officially on the map.

What happened next would be engineering magic. The muddy hole that additional, healthier barges hauled away gave way to steel and concrete and wood and cranes. Even cranes on barges. That didn’t sink. And the Clark Construction site that fascinated me because of a nautical mishap soon grabbed hold of my attention for a much more positive reason: that upside-down triangle of iron. That will soon support dozens of floors above. I haven’t taken photos of progress at 150 North Riverside every day, but I’ve come close to it. And I know this will one day be an amazing structure to behold. But right now, in its present state, I kinda wish it would stay unfinished for awhile. Like a child you’re not yet prepared to see grow up.

There’s still a long way to go for 150 North Riverside. The 1.2-million-square-foot, 53-story office tower, designed by Chicago firm Goettsch Partners, is expected to open in November of 2016, and already lists Hyatt Hotels and investment firm William Blair as future tenants. In the mean time, check out the website for more details and renderings. (Be sure to watch the video; this building and grounds will be spectacular.)