The Chicago Plan Commission signed off on the redesigned 500 North Lake Shore Drive proposal yesterday, moving the 45-story apartment tower one step closer to becoming reality. Ald. Brendan Reilly, who demanded that the developer add a 'living green wall' and trees on the eastern face of the building's garage, sounds pretty jazzed about the green screen. "This green element is going to distinguish this property as the first in Chicago to have a year-round green wall," Reilly told the Sun-Times. "The technology, I'm told, works. That is something I'm really excited about." Let's hope it does work. SOAR is less high on the design, but the group apparently gave it a pass. The apartment building will be roughly the same size (45 stories, 500 units) as the one Magellan recently broke ground on over at Lakeshore East.
· After spruce-up, Streeterville tower gets planners' OK [Sun-Times]
· Alderman Demands Wall of Green Facing Lake Shore Drive [Curbed Chicago]