Gateway Tower (Chicago)

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Gateway Tower
General information
Status Proposed
Type Mixed Use
Location 400 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
Coordinates 41°53′24″N 87°36′54″W / 41.89°N 87.615°W / 41.89; -87.615
Roof 2,000 feet (610 m)
Technical details
Floor count 127
Floor area 2,159,094 sq ft (200,600 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Gensler

The Gateway Tower is a conceptual proposal to illustrate a potential use of the abandoned site once planned to house the Chicago Spire in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side of Chicago.


The plans call for a building 2,000 feet (610 m) tall and feature commercial elements that augment residential use. It is the result of a company-wide internal competition at Gensler to replace the Chicago Spire.[1][2] As of June 2016, the building is conceptual,[3] and Maxim writer, Scott Tharler, considered the project unlikely.[4] The building would include condos, apartments, a hotel, a Skylobby, a Skydeck with a restaurant, an amusement ride and sky-garden.[1] The base of the building would be in a public park and its supports would span over Lake Shore Drive as well as provide access to the skydeck.[2]

Property background[edit]

The Chicago Spire construction site has been dormant since late 2008.

The Chicago Spire, originally called the Fordham Spire, was originally proposed in July 2005.[5] In March 2006, the initial design of the building was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, the city's Zoning Committee and the Chicago City Council.[6][7] In December 2006 and March 2007, the design of the building was revised.[8][9] The Chicago Plan Commission, Chicago's zoning committee and the Chicago City Council approved the final plans of the Chicago Spire in April and May 2007.[10][11][12] By October 2008, the late-2000s recession led to the suspension of construction and a $11.34 million (USD) lien on the construction site.[13] On October 31, 2014 the project's biggest creditor, Related Midwest, compelled the developer, Shelbourne Development Group, to surrender the deed to the property after failing to make the necessary payment.[14] The Chicago Spire left a 110-foot (34 m) wide, 76-foot (23 m) deep hole in the ground.[15]


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  2. ^ a b King, August (June 7, 2016). "Gateway Tower". Architect. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ Long, Zach (June 7, 2016). "A striking new skyscraper could fill the site of the failed Chicago Spire". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ Tharler, Scott (June 8, 2016). "This 2,000-Foot-Tall Skyscraper Could Totally Redefine Chicago's Skyline". Maxim. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ Corfman, Thomas; Kamin, Blair (July 26, 2005). "Tallest tower to twist rivals". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ McHugh, Michael (March 16, 2006). "Planning commission approves Fordham Spire". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ Yue, Lorene (March 29, 2006). "City Council OKs Fordham Spire". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Chicago Spire, Chicago, Illinois, USA". SPG Media Limited. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  9. ^ Beacker, Lynn (March 27, 2007). "Kamin unveils latest design for Calatrava's Chicago Spire". Repeat. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ Diesenhouse, Susan (April 20, 2000). "Financial questions tower over Spire's political win". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  11. ^ Baeb, Eddie (April 20, 2007). "Chicago Spire gets Plan Commission OK". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved July 18, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Chicago skyline to soar higher with nation's highest tower". USA Today. May 16, 2007. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 
  13. ^ Baeb, Eddie (June 15, 2016). "Calatrava stops work on Spire, files lien". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved October 17, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Related to Spire developer: Where's the deed?". Chicago Tribune. November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ Grebey, James (June 8, 2016). "There's a giant hole in the middle of Chicago – and it might get filled with this sleek arched skyscraper". Business Insider Australia. Retrieved June 15, 2016. 

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