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Howells and Hood restaurant at Tribune Tower. I'm told during the day there are cushions. The furniture looks a bit lost amidst the empty sweep of the north end of the plaza . . .
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In 2008, the Chicago Loop Alliance had proposed a Spanish Steps transition at Water Street between Michigan Avenue and Illinois Center's upper plaza.
The current rehab re-opens that stair. As in the riverfront plaza to the north, in the reconstruction of the southern half of the plaza, the Miesian grid of the paving has been expunged, and the base of the right-angled glass boxes enveloped in curving, amoeba-like extrusions of plantings. At least in the rendering, the monochrome of the structures is set off with bright magenta seating.
Herringbone floods and the hidden potential of an overlooked Chicago gem.
Three (Small) Chicago Fixes
Fixing Illinois Center: Another Design Proposal
The $2 Million Bargain: the Restored Wrigley Building Plaza