The growth of Chicago&#zero39;s Super Loop: So much constructing, so little architecture – Chicago Tribune

A flock of building cranes fills the sky. Downtown's inhabitants is hovering. The skyline is altering and so is the feel of metropolis life.

A era in the past, West Madison Avenue was Chicago's Skid Row house to winos and flophouses. It's now an elegant strip of sushi joints, cycle studios, preschools and a gourmand ice cream store. However the architectural fare consists of bland condominium excessive rises which have drawn complaints of monotony.

In River North, the outdated Ed Debevic's, a pretend '50s diner finest recognized for gum-snapping, desk-dancing waiters and waitresses, is gone, changed by a eye-grabbing condominium tower whose cantilevered wedges of glass resemble a Jenga sport in midstream. But that constructing is an anomaly amid the tasteless, kind-follows-finance excessive-rises popping up elsewhere within the neighborhood and across the metropolis.

So it goes in The Nice Chicago Submit-Recession Constructing Growth. A surge of tall buildings, the overwhelming majority of them housing rental flats, is making a densely populated, city core — name it the Super Loop — that's pushing far past the borders of the normal downtown. However the Super Loop is patently un-tremendous in no less than one respect: It lacks a brand new model of the technological and aesthetic improvements that made Chicago's repute because the cradle of trendy architecture.

The new wave of towers is not ugly, however is it inspiring and progressive? Hardly.

To evaluate its affect, head to North Wells Avenue in River North, the place three condominium excessive-rises have remodeled an outpost of the fading automobile tradition.

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The growth of Chicago&#zero39;s Super Loop: So much constructing, so little architecture - Chicago Tribune