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11 megadevelopments that will transform Chicago

A rendering of the proposed transit hub at One Central

Go big or go home

Chicago developers are making bold plays to turn long-vacant brownfield sites, obsolete industrial corridors, and underutilized historic buildings into megadevelopments.

The recent push to “go big or go home” represents a desire to land big corporate tenants, like Amazon, and attract more company headquarters. At least five sites across the city were pitched to Amazon during the HQ2 search in 2018, and although the tech giant passed, the developers there are all forging ahead.

Some critics say that supersized projects lack an authentic, organic feeling, but the big projects are sometimes the only way to bring new housing, parks, offices, and infrastructure to Chicago’s otherwise vacant sites.

Right now there are 11 major Chicago megadevelopments in the works. Some are already under construction, while others remain long-term visions for the future. Here’s a look at the large, multiphase projects that will reshape the city in the decades to come.

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