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26-story South Loop tower gets first permits

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The tower will deliver 320 residences to Wabash Avenue

The South Loop neighborhood is about to get another big tower project. At 26-stories tall, the new tower for 1136 S. Wabash Ave. is not going to be breaking any height records, but with 320 units, 9,000 square feet of retail, and 143 spaces for vehicle parking, it’s quite a dense development. Initially proposed as a 24-story, 280-unit building, it now appears that Keith Giles, the project’s developer, is looking to max out the total units and height allowed for the site. The city issued new construction permits for the project yesterday which will allow the developer to build out the tower’s foundation.

The building’s glassy design comes from Chicago-based SCB. According to elevations in the zoning application for the building, the tower will stand on a four-story podium which will house ground-level retail space along with three stories of parking.

It should also be noted that the site is also the location of one of the better known Flyboy murals from famed local artist and muralist Hebru Brantley. Judging by the elevations and renderings for the project, it is highly likely that the podium base of the new building will block the popular mural. Most recently, Brantley’s Flyboy character not only made an appearance in the music video for Chance the Rapper’s song “Angels,” but it influenced the art direction of the video. Fans of Brantley’s work might want to head to the location to get photos of the mural while they can.