CHICAGO (CBS) — The start of construction on a new office building along the west bank of the Chicago River could change the riverfront landscape in more ways than one.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports plans for the $500 million office tower at 150 N. Riverside Plaza include more than just a 53-story skyscraper.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Lead Detective In Investigation Explains On Witness Stand How Smollett Went From Victim To Suspect
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said the development also includes a 1.5-acre park that will cover railroad tracks that now run through the site. That’s not the only new parkland.
“Just to the site to the north of Lake Street, there will be a 1.5-acre public park delivered over those railroad tracks,” he said. “Then just across the river, at Wolf Point, yet another acre-and-a-half; so just in a few years, we’ll be delivering close to 5 acres of new open space for everyone to enjoy, in lieu of these ugly railroad tracks – no offense to my friends at Amtrak.”