Fenced off from other business districts of Chicago by the thick wall of retail tourism along Michigan Avenue, Streeterville sometimes feels like a little pocket town all on its own. A lot of the attention in the highrise world has been falling on other areas of downtown, like River North, the Loop, and West Loop — but Streeterville's projects don't seem to get as much. But all around the neighborhood are projects just ramping up or in early stages. Others have been stuck in a holding pattern for years. Take a stroll with us through Streeterville to check out some of the things going on right now.
Rehab Institute of Chicago
The RIC's new Ability Institute is about a year into construction now, set to open in 2017.
· Previous Rehab Institute of Chicago coverage [Curbed Chicago]
410 East Grand Avenue
This SCB-designed residential and office tower was on hold for a long time, but has now broken ground.
· Previous 410 East Grand Avenue coverage [Curbed Chicago]
The first Optima Center tower has been receiving acclaim from critics, and now the building's big brother is about to break ground as the site is currently being prepped. Optima Center II will be 57 stories and include both apartments and a hotel.
· Previous Optima Center coverage [Curbed Chicago]
Prentice Women's Hospital
Rather than construction, here's some destruction. The Bertrand Goldberg-designed hospital building at Northwestern Memorial is now a pile of rubble. Northwestern will replace it with a newer, taller, glassier tower.
· Previous Prentice Women's Hospital coverage [Curbed Chicago]
Still in development limbo, the Chicago Spire's spirit still lingers as a massive hole pierced into the earth before early construction was halted. Now, with the new Loews Hotel overlooking, the site fills ever more with vegetation. Maybe there will be cranes and tractors here, some day.
· Previous Chicago Spire coverage [Curbed Chicago]