Crane-less Zachary Hotel glasses up the joint in Lake View

Hotel Zachary

The Hotel Zachary,, from inside the brand new Cubs Store in the brand new Cubs office building just outside the ballpark.

It’s time for less crane, more pane, at the Hotel Zachary next to Wrigley Field in Lake View.

The tower crane came down about a month after Walsh Construction topped out Hickory Street Capital’s 7-story, 175-key hotel. At about the same time, window installation began on the third floor, and continues to wrap all the way around the building.

Eight Eleven Uptown, you may now build to completion

Eight Eleven Uptown

Going up? Eight Eleven Uptown is, thanks to the full-build permit received Monday the 19th.

Dateline 19-June-2017:

And so it came to be that Eight Eleven Uptown, the newest residential tower from JDL Development and Harlem Irving Companies, was permitted by the City of Chicago to continue, and complete, construction in the Uptown neighborhood. That’s good news for Lendlease, who’ve shown no signs of slowing down while waiting on that permit. Eight Eleven Uptown, a design from Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, will include a Treasure Island food store and 6,000 square feet of additional retail space.

1326 South Michigan is getting into the tower-crane game

Shout-out to Twitter user @ChrisAHorney from Murphy Development Group, who let us know the tower crane stub spotted at 1326 South Michigan on Thursday, was planted on Friday. He also let us know full assembly will begin on Monday.

We’ve all seen Walsh Construction’s work around town, so it was pretty obvious they know a horizontal stub wasn’t gonna do them much good when building a skyscraper, but it’s nice to have photo confirmation anyway.

Walsh will put that tower crane to work erecting the SCB-designed 46-story, 500-unit tower that Murphy Development Group is bringing to the South Loop in partnership with CIM Group.

A subtle twist on the Flag Tank Crane

Flag Tank Caisson rig

American Flag, Water Tank, and Caisson Rig along the Lake Street elevated tracks.

A strong indicator of future tower cranes is a present caisson rig. Stalworth Underground has a couple of them on site at Lake and Green Streets for the Hoxton Chicago hotel. Get off the CTA Green Line train at the Morgan for a great view of an American Flag, a water tank, and a caisson rig. A caisson rig with the Stars & Stripes attached, that is. It’ll be a tower crane soon enough.

The Chicago Water Tank and American Flag sit atop East Bank Storage, 730 West Lake Street.

Essex On The Park plants a tower crane

Essex On The Park tower crane stub

Essex On The Park has a Stub In The Ground.

Chicago’s tower-crane count is back down to 32, and Essex On The Park won’t stand for it. Thursday, Power Construction planted a stub in the South Loop ground. Surrounded for now by rebar, the foundation will soon (today?) be filled with concrete, which will cure before the full tower crane can be assembled. Let’s watch the middle part of next week for that.

🏗 Tower cranes up; tower cranes down. Chicago’s count returns to 32 🏗

Chicago 32 tower cranes June

The boom giveth; the boom taketh away. After several weeks of activity in Chicago’s tower-crane skyline, what was as many as 35 active tower cranes has settled right back to 32, the same count we had in early May.

New to the list since May’s count:

  1. Aloft Chicago Mag Mile
  2. No. 508 (508 West Diversey)
  3. Marlowe (675 North Wells)
  4. One South Halsted
  5. Cook County Central Campus Health Center (1950 West Polk)

Gone from May’s count:

  1. 171 Aberdeen
  2. 8 East Huron
  3. DePaul School of Music
  4. Hotel Zachary
  5. 3Eleven

Three projects have tower-crane permits:

  1. Nobu
  2. Essex On The Park (stub planted)
  3. 1326 South Michigan (stub on site, not planted yet)

Chicago’s 32 active tower cranes, from south to north (roughly):

Throwback Thursday: London’s One Blackfriars

One Blackfriars London

One Blackfriars rises along the River Thames in London. This photo was taken from the Monument to the Great Fire of London, a great way to see the city.

One month ago we were in London, marveling at architecture old and new. And there’s a whole lot of new on the way. One of those projects is One Blackfriars. Like much of what’s being built right now around London, it is very distinctively shaped, and gorgeous.

One Blackfriars is a development from Berkeley Group. The 50-storey (no stories here; this is London, after all) glass tower will have 274 apartments and 161 hotel rooms along the south bank of the River Thames. The design is by the architecture firm of SimpsonHaugh and Partners. The general contractor (seriously, as I wandered London and saw this name on lots of new construction, I thought each one would include a large movie-theatre complex. Silly tourist.) is Multiplex. Multiplex is not a place to watch films and eat popcorn; Multiplex is a massive global construction company.