How often does a building come out of the oven looking exactly like its rendering? Not very, but the Wheeler Kearns-designed 1611 West Division has pulled it off. The striking building at Ashland & Division with the fading moniker "Tower of Pizza Hut" has achieved its full height and adornment. Visible from a mile or more south on Ashland, the 11-story tower may have its detractors owing to scale and aesthetics, but many admire the playful design, its pairing with the old bank building opposite, and its 99 units of housing with no new parking. Also, the building's rents are attainable and the street level retail is to include an Intelligentsia Cafe. Fill her in and build more like it!
·Topped Out But Still Featureless, 1611 W Division Rolls Along [Curbed Chicago]
·The Dough Rises: "Tower of Pizza Hut" in the Oven at Polish Triangle [Curbed Chicago]