Chicago Architecture Info
Block37
Also known as
Block Thirty Seven
Formerly known as Block 37
108 North State
Address
1 West Ranolph Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Basic Information
Designed by Perkins+Will
Type Mixed Use
Neighborhood: The Loop
More Information
  • Retail floor space: 400,000 square feet.
  • The television studios in this building use the address 22 West Washington Street, a play on WBBM-TV's original channel number: 2.
  • This mall formerly had the address of 108 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Because the McCarthy Building was demolished to make way for this project, the developers had to donate $1 million to the city for the preservation of other nearby historic buildings.
  • 1989 - The buildings on this 2.85 acre lot were razed.
  • 2002 - The City of Chicago purchased Block 37 for $32,500,000.
  • 2002 - Mills Corp, of Arlington, Virginia, was selected to develop Block 37.
  • August, 2004 - CBS confirmed that WBBM television and radio would move into the new building.
  • 1 September, 2004 - Mills Corp applied for a zoning change on Block 37 to build a new retail, commercial, and residential complex.
  • 12 October, 2004 - The plan to turn Block 37 into the 108 North State entertainment complex received preliminary approval from the city's planning commission.
  • 13 October, 2004 - The Chicago Tribune reported that Mayor Daley wass considering this location for a city-owned casino. On WGN Television, Daley refused to say where the favored locations for the casino were, claiming it would raise property values in those neighborhoods. Just a few months earlier, Mayor Daley purchased a new home two blocks away.
  • 3 May, 2005 - The Mills Corporation announced the names of the first few businesses expected to move into 108 North State. They included Banana Republic, and an restaurant.
  • 15 November, 2005 - Groundbreaking.
  • August 11, 2006 - Golub & Company bought the residential and office portions of the project.
  • March 31, 2007 - Fire broke out at this construction site. Witnesses described a column of smoke climbing into the sky blotting out neighboring buildings. It was caused by sparks from a welder's torch that fell on some flammable material.
  • June 9, 2008: WBBM Television began moving in.
  • July 21, 2008: WBBM Television was supposed to start broadcasting from its new streetfront studio on this date. But according to the Chicago Tribune, that date had to be pushed back because it wasn't ready.
  • September 1, 2008: Official opening of the office tower portion of this project.
  • September 22, 2008: WBBM Television begins broadcasting from its new street-front studio in this building.
  • November, 2008: The city approved $12,000,000 to help build a new hotel tower above the shopping complex. The Loews chain was expected to run the 384-room hotel.
  • September 14, 2009: Crain's Chicago Business reported that Loews has backed out of the hotel deal for this property, even though it got the site for just one dollar.
  • November, 2009: The Chicago Tribune reported that the official name of this mall will be the unofficial name: Block 37.
  • November 21, 2009: The first store opened at this mall.
  • 2011: Bank of America foreclosed on this property.
  • April, 2012: It was revealed that CIM Group purchased this property for $84 million.
  • September, 2012: CIM Group bought the air rights to develop a hotel above this building.