Where will 2016's first Chicago high-rise sprout up?

New buildings proposed for former site of Ed Debevic's and 1035 Van Buren
  • Two sites for high-rise apartment towers are competing for the first groundbreaking of 2016.
  • Both have storied pasts: one was Ed Debevic's kitschy diner, the other a decade-old project that stalled.
  • Debevic's was most famous for a waitress whose job-mandated rudeness earned her millions of views on social media.

As 2016 begins, two high-rise apartment buildings edge closer to breaking ground. Both sites have storied pasts: one was to be built more than a decade ago, and another was the site of an infamous Chicago diner.