Thursday, April 23, 2009
Status Update: Elysian Chicago
It's with great anticipation that we've watched the Elysian Chicago rising over the last couple of years. And now that it's topped off, it really does have a remarkable impact on the city's skyline.
Even though it's only 60 stories (and 700 feet) tall, it has a dominating presence from many vantage points to the north. And from the west and south it competes quite easily with both the John Hancock Center , and the Trump International Hotel and Tower .
Although a lot of people dislike the style of the building, it has grown on me and I think is a good compliment to 900 North Michigan and The Fordham . Call it faux deco; call it 90's revival; call it neo chateau; call it what you will -- Chicago should be proud that it can call it "almost done" at a time when so many smaller projects are being canceled in other cities.