X Chicago Lights Up University Village

11 October 2017     |     By

Our Chicago team recently got their hands dirty in the field (as we say when trying to sound construction-y) to introduce X Chicago to the University Village to the neighborhood.

Tony sought design inspiration from James Turrell and Dan Flavin to improve on the glowing L (see below) we did for Lx a few years back. He wanted to play with color and scale to create the illusion of a massive U floating between floor slabs alongside one of the nation’s busiest freeways. Plus, he really likes pink.

The plan (below) called for pink LED christmas lights, 6×6 pieces of lumber, and corrugated plastic sheets to create a 16ft high, 14ft wide U spanning the 5th and 6th floors (where there will eventually be a fire pit terrace and BYOB social lounge).

Now you can see it in all its glory from highway I-90/94 (“The Dan Ryan”) between the 18th Street exit and the Roosevelt Road exit.

Get on the waitlist for Spring 2018 move-in at LookAtU.com      

The inspiration from Lx

Get ready Chicago

This looked easier on paper

Forgot to bring a ladder

Teamwork personified

Making progress


Holy crap, it worked

And it’s pretty during the day too

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