The Fairbanks in Chicago

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Photo of The Fairbanks in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of The Fairbanks in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Fairbanks in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Fairbanks in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Fairbanks in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Fairbanks in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz. Licensed to Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Fairbanks in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Fairbanks in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of The Fairbanks in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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The Fairbanks

280 East Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, Near North Side 60611
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A residential tower that was long anticipated. The podium was developed first and populated with a badly needed grocery store and a coffee shop before the tower began to rise above it.

The completed tower is in the shape of two convex curves with the residential space in between. The facade is blue glass, which is a nice change for the western portion of this neighborhood, which is dominated by stone-clad towers which suck up the available light rather than share it.

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Timeline
  • September 21, 2006 - A Tribune Company security guard sees three people parachute from one of this building's construction cranes and land in the plaza between Tribune Tower and the NBC Tower. By the time police arrive, the trio is long gone.
  • September 29, 2006 - At 4:30am, three people parachute from the construction crane an estimated 380 feet to the plaza between the Tribune Tower and the NBC Tower. While NBC's security misses it, the cameras mounted around Tribune Tower catch the action and the getaway in a Porsche SUV.
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