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Well, another year is in the books, but 2017 is already shaping up to be another notable one for Chicago real estate and architecture. We’re eagerly looking ahead to see what the city, developers, architects, and preservationists have in store for us in 2017.
This year’s highlights are plenty. The Obama Foundation announced the architects for the upcoming Obama Presidential Center which is slated for Jackson Park, workers started digging in on the Wanda Vista supertall tower for Lakeshore East, the new and dense 690-unit apartment tower at Block 37 opened for business, Wolf Point West made its grand debut, McDonald’s announced that it would be relocating to the West Loop, and construction started on the massive Riverline mega-project for the South Loop. Major overhauls of the Old Main Post Office and Navy Pier are also underway, breathing more life into the greater downtown area. And let us not forget about the legal wrangling over the Lucas Museum.
And beyond individual projects, certain neighborhoods witnessed a flurry of new construction and renovation activity that has not been seen in years. Most notably, the West Loop saw the proposal or construction start on dozens of new developments which are expected to completely change the hot neighborhood. Developers also looked to capitalize on neighborhoods along Milwaukee Avenue and the Blue Line by delivering thousands of new apartment units to Logan Square, Wicker Park, and the Fulton River District.
And while it’s been a lot to reflect on, we want to hear from you about what you’d like to see happen in Chicago in 2017. We’ve seen some ambitious design concepts for downtown supertalls and even a proposal for the world’s tallest timber tower, suggesting that Chicago architects and developers still have the will to make no little plans. No idea is too big or too small—we want to hear ‘em all. Sound off in the comments, and here’s to the new year.
- Five Chicago stories to follow in the new year [Curbed Chicago]
- From Vista Tower to Al Capone’s house, the top stories of 2016 [Curbed Chicago]