Chicago opens June with 19 tower cranes in the air

The first two of three tower cranes at the Obama Presidential Center.

Chicago has 19 active tower cranes in the sky to begin the month of June, 2022, as of the end of Memorial Day weekend. The variable here is 513 South Damen. The crane was still up Sunday, but the tower has been topped out, and it’s *slightly* possible it has started its descent before June 1. But it’s being included in the count as “active.”

Okay, *two* variables. 732 West Randolph wasn’t completely erected as of Sunday, but we’re counting that one as a June crane.

Where are the cranes?

West Loop – 6
South Loop – 3
Near North – 3
Woodlawn – 2
Five “neighborhoods” have one crane each: Illinois Medical District (513 South Damen); Fulton River District (354 North Union); Lake View (3501 North Halsted); River North (HUGO); Irving Park (4445 W Irving Park)

What are they building?

Residential – 14(wow)
Medical – 2
Cultural Institutions – 2
Office – 1 (732 West Randolph)

How many cranes are lit up at night?

Just one: 354 North Union

This month, we’re starting up north and heading south:

4445 West Irving Park
3501 North Halsted
1475 North Kingsbury and 853 West Blackhawk (Big Deahl)
808 North Cleveland
751 North Hudson (HUGO)
354 North Union
166 North Aberdeen
164 North Peoria (900 Randolph)
160 North Elizabeth
160 North Morgan
732 West Randolph
1044 West Van Buren
513 South Damen
234 West Polk (The Reed at Southbank)
1000 South Michigan (1000M)
1400 South Wabash
6001 South Stony Island (The Obama Presidential Center)

As always, the Building Up Chicago Tower Crane Survey is not a scientific poll. If I’ve missed any, hit me up. And if you know of a tower crane out in the ‘burbs, let me know about those too. I hope to get to the outskirts some time soon.

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