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New design revealed for North & Clark development in Chicago’s Old Town?

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The long-delayed project changed hands—and its architect—earlier this year


After being taken over by a new development team earlier this year, a stalled residential project slated for the southwest corner of Clark Street and North Avenue has resurfaced with a new look. Located across from the Latin School and the Chicago History Museum, the project known as 101 North was initially pitched by Howard Weiner and designed by Richard C. Newman and Main Architecture several years ago. It was reported this spring that Chicago’s Golub & Co. and LA-based partner CIM Group would gain control of the site and bring in local architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) to refresh the design.

Based on a set of four renderings posted to the online development discussion forum at SkyscraperPage, it appears that the updated plan features a slightly more contemporary look and will stand at nine—versus ten—stories. Designed to utilize existing zoning entitlements, the massing of the L-shaped structure remains mostly unaltered.

The older design of 101 North [left] versus the latest renderings posted online [right].
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Like its forebearer, the new plan for 101 North includes ground floor retail space and vehicular access off of the rear alleyway. The plan also still calls for the new development to preserve and re-incorporate the facade of the century-old landmarked Germania Theater building fronting Clark into its finished design.

It remains to be seen if the leaked images represent 101 North’s final look or if the design is still being polished by the architects at SCB. It’s also unclear if the latest plan will go forward as pricey condos or high-end rental apartments. So far, there’s been no word as to when the development is expected to break ground. Elly’s Pancake House, which will be demolished under the plan, is currently open for business and has yet to announce any schedule for its inevitable closing.