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A Chicago renaissance opens with new vision and respect for three titanic landmarks

  • ​The Second City is embracing a third era defined by renewal. Instead of building, Chicago is renovating with budgets merited by the scale and importance of its classic architectural gems.
  • 110-story Willis Tower is undergoing a $500 million renovation with Blackstone inputting a boutique lounge and cafe on floors 66-67, 300,000 square feet of expanded retail, and unparalleled office tenant amenities. Did someone say rooftop deck?
  • The Post Office, sold to 601W five days before Bill Davies’ death, welcomes a $600 million revamp. New outdoor space along the river, a fitness center meets boxing arena, and 2,404 new windows are on the docket.
  • 1925 Beaux Arts Union Station has a three-phase master plan through 2028. Up to $1 billion will go to update retail, add a food hall and stack a new hotel, office and residential space on top, all while increasing Metra ridership 40 percent.​

Source: JLL Research, Curbed, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Business, *Projected figures and dates​




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