Construction can officially begin at any moment on the new 442-unit tower that will take over the site formerly occupied by the pizza-adorned Gino's East restaurant in River North. Last week, the city issued a new construction permit that will allow the tower's developers to build out the foundation and podium superstructure. Back in July, Magellan Development and Mac Management received to go-ahead to begin demolishing the existing building and its triangular-shaped photorealistic pizza slices. The restaurant began as a Planet Hollywood, but after the venture failed and moved on, Gino's simply covered up the restaurant's kitschy searchlight facade with colorful slices of pizza.
Designed by Loewenberg Architects, the new tower will stand at 39 stories and will very likely feature a plethora of luxury amenities as the downtown rental landscape continues to evolve. The building is just one of a handful of River North's relics being replaced by a tower. The neighborhood's Howard Johnson Inn was razed earlier this year while another tower is looking to take over the Ed Debevic's site.
·Construction permit [Chicago Cityscape]
·Kitschy Pizza-Adorned Gino's East in River North to Be Demo'd [Curbed Chicago]
·Goodbye Pizza-Adorned Gino's East, Hello 444-Unit Tower [Curbed Chicago]