Make it 12: The stub at 2050 West Ogden has sprouted a tower crane

The wait is over.

May’s 12th tower crane is up and ready for a workout at The Gateway Apartments. Now Global Builders can begin verticality on the 11-story, 161-unit building.

Got there a little late Friday, as only the finishing touches remained. No matter. I still took too many pics.



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Parking garage for Plumbers Local 130 scores a tower crane permit

Goodbye surface parking lot, hello stack of parking lots.

Chicago’s newest tower crane permit has been issued to erect a parking facility the Plumbers Local 130 has planned for the West Loop. The garage will replace what is now a surface parking lot adjacent to the union’s recently-completing training center at 1400 West Washington. W.E. O’Neil will be the general contractor.

The parking garage itself will float in the middle of the existing surface lot; it won’t extend to the east edge of the block along Ada Street. There are other plans for that space.

You can follow this link to the Chicago Plan Commission’s presentation for a whole boatload of specs and info. They approved the six-story, 500-space facility, with ground-level retail, in December 2020. No word yet on when construction is expected to begin.

If you’re hungry for more info, see:

Danny Ecker in Crain’s Chicago Business

Mauricio Peña in Block Club Chicago

Parking facility starts going vertical at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield

Power Construction is busy putting up a four-story, 340,000-square-foot parking structure at Northwestern Medicine Central Dupage Hospital in Winfield. Gresham Smith is the design architect.

The Daily Herald Business Ledger and the Daily Herald wrote in part about what got us here back in September.

Construction is best observed from the parking structure across the road.




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Coming Attractions: Madison+Carpenter

Bye+bye, Phil’s Tavern. Hello, Madison+Carpenter.

Who among us hasn’t driven past a random site anywhere in the world and thought “I wonder what’s gonna happen here”? Isn’t nice when someone hangs a giant poster on said site and takes the mystery out of it?

Madison+Carpenter is coming to the corner of Madison and Carpenter Streets in the West Loop. We don’t know when yet, but it already has its own website, and that’s (almost) always a good sign. We don’t have a ton of detail yet either, but that website tells us to expect a six-story building with BIG (up to 5 bedrooms) condominiums.

ZSD Corp is the developer. This isn’t their first West Loop rodeo. They’re currently getting Peoria Green ready next to Mary Bartelme Park.

All you need to know about Madison+Carpenter, illustrated.


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Get ready for Embry in the West Loop

This lot in the first block of North May Street could soon be replaced by Embry. That building is already demolished. (2016 photo)

Around the corner from their Hayden West Loop condo building, Sulo Development is looking to begin the next iteration for the same West Loop block.

Embry will be a 58-unit condominium development, about 16 stories tall, designed by Lamar Johnson Collaborative. You can use this link to see the Linkedin introduction they posted.

Not many details yet, but renderings are available on its website, and it’s replacing a really ugly lot, so yay on all fronts so far. Plus, the website attributes James McHugh Construction as the general contractor, and we *really* need to see them with a tower crane in the air again.

Video screengrab showing the Embry model.


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American House Oak Park starts to rise in the near west ‘burbs

Clark Construction’s tower crane in Oak Park.

Wednesday was a day to go cranespotting in the ‘burbs again. Not too difficult when you can start with the closest one.

Clark Construction (with assistance from Adjustable Concrete) is currently on the build for American House Oak Park over in Oak Park. The seven-story senior living community is being developed by Redico of Southfield, Michigan. The facility is a design by Myefski Architects

When completed next summer, American House Oak Park will deliver a mix of 174 units, including studio, one-bed and two-bedroom apartments, as well as shared units.



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The Gateway Apartments tower crane is halfway here

Late Wednesday afternoon at The Gateway Apartments tower-crane build.

It’s (almost) here! Global Builders’ tower crane we’ve been waiting to sprout (it *is* spring, after all) at 2050 West Ogden for The Gateway Apartments began its climb Wednesday. And while Thursday’s weather forecast doesn’t look particularly promising, Crane Completion is still expected this week. We’ll take another jaunt down to the Illinois Medical District in the next couple days so you all can see it fully erected and ready to lift the heavy stuff.

The rest of the parts are in place.


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Glass is in session at 300 North Michigan

300 North Michigan, May 5, 2021

The rumors are true; there’s a fresh, shiny row of glass on 300 North Michigan in The Loop. Plus a little bit installed out back along MacChesney Court. Chalk up another Milestone Achieved for Sterling Bay, Magellan Development, bKL Architecture, and Linn-Mathes.



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Someone has plans for Grand and Morgan

Don’t look for 1001 West Grand ’round here no more.

Who knows what’s to come at the West Town intersection of Grand Avenue and Morgan Street. But whatever it is, someone’s in a big hurry to clear some space.

Demolition permits were issued last month for 462 North Morgan and 1001 West Grand, and within days, both properties had been torn down. I didn’t even have time to get a shot of 462 Morgan before it was rubble. Not that there hasn’t been recent activity here; Bennett Day School did a total rehab of the building on the east side of Morgan.

Alliance Demolition did the dirty work. They also palletized tons (I’m guessing here, but probably literally tons) of old brick to be reused somewhere, somehow.

I took photos of the structures on the west end of this block (1005, 1015, 1019) too, just in case they come down as part of this project as well. Only 1019 appears to be occupied.

462 North Morgan from the old B.U.C. HQ.
Renovations at Grand & Morgan for Bennett Day School, June 2016


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Stuff That’s Done: Westerly

The tower crane at Westerly, October 2019

Westerly is an 11-story, 188-unit apartment building at 740 North Aberdeen in River West that welcomed its first tenants in Fall 2020.  A development from Fifield Companies, it includes 188 rental units and 2,400 square feet of retail space.

FitzGerald is the design architect behind Westerly; McHugh Construction served as GC.



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