Skyscraper Page super-slueth Spyguy has delivered again with a "teaser" image of the planned "Tower of Jewel" at Clark & Division. Just beyond the Gold Coast's western border, a seriously dated Jewel grocery and its surface lot harken back to the 1970s and signal to checkered districts further west along Division. That's all set to change, for the better. Since Fifield Cos was chosen by Jewel-Osco as developer of a 40-story rental tower and new Jewel store last spring (beating out Buck and Magellan), we knew they were changing architects. Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB)—Fifield's choice—took the reigns from Brininstool Kerwin & Lynch (BKL), newly restructured as bKL (b for build). The new rendering suggests a diminished parking podium, at least at the site's corner, and an equally glassy but less distinctive tower with tamer balconies. But it's not like we can see the whole development from this one street-level perspective. The Jewel itself has more prominence and cleaves to the breezy form and materials of K Station's Jewel and the new Mariano's at Monroe & Halsted. Another Skyscraper Page member learned, in chatting with Jewel employees, that some parking will be decked atop the store. Stay tuned, this thing is just heating up.
·Development Update: "Tower of Jewel" [Curbed Chicago]
·Tower of Jewel Makes a Claim on Clark & Division [Curbed Chicago]