The Fountain View development at Giddings's Square in the Lincoln Square neighborhood is shaping up pretty well. The above is a shot of the southeast corner. Larger windows are the stand-out feature for the corner units over the Square.
The project is a big deal and very high profile. One of the pricier per square foot in the area. Giddings Square is packed with people all week through the good weather months... and special events are popular in the winter too. Fountain View has really changed the landscape for this wonderful retail and restaurant pedestrian friendly district. I'm not sure how many locals are happy with the scale and design of the project. It's better than the dumpy, strip-mall-like retail buildings they torn down. But, it's a bit menacing too.
For today's Chicago new construction standards, the development looks pretty good. Definitely a little boring...but the materials and craftsmanship look better than average. However, for a real Square with both old world and youthful appeal... this was another missed opportunity to do something very special, architecturally speaking.