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Work resumed at the defunct Waterview Tower back in early November, and has been running piecemeal since. We've seen some new glass, heard a little drilling, and heard about the partial demolition of the unfinished 25th and 26th floors— all in preparation for the return of the tower crane and resumption of construction. Well, the Chicago Architecture Blog has confirmed movement in that direction. The city just issued a revised permit allowing for the tower crane and 33-story addition to the skeletal base. Related Midwest's reconception of the project will result in a 630-foot, 59-story apartment tower, as opposed to the 92-story Shangri-La Hotel of the distant, freewheelin' Aughts. Hey, at least the design, by Handel Architects, is still mighty captivating. [Chicago Architecture Blog, previously]