Took me long enough to realize Triangle Square is a big deal

Coming soon: Condos and apartments at Triangle Square.

I used to take a semi-weekly walk from Wilson & Ashland in Uptown down to Grand & Ashland. I walked past construction behind the Mariano’s at Webster Ave. all the time, but never ventured the extra block west to check out Triangle Square. “No tower crane? Can’t be much to see” I thought.

Dang, this is a big development. Condos on one side (1701 West Webster), apartments on the other (2155 North Elston.) Plus retail space. And lots of developers, architects, and general contractors.

Triangle Square is a joint development from Belgravia Group (condos) and Lennar Multifamily (apartments.) Design architects are Lamar Johnson Collaborative (apartments) and Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson.

Power Construction (apartments) and Maris Construction (condos) are on the builds.

Yeah, I’m confused too. Remember, I walked past this site without looking for more than a year, So for a professional breakdown of what’s what, I put you in the fine hands of Urbanize Chicago. And then, photos.

Stuff That’s Done: The Woodlawn Residential and Dining Commons at the University of Chicago

The Woodlawn Residential and Dining Commons at the University of Chicago

The new Woodlawn Residential and Dining Commons is open on the University of Chicago campus. The Commons is a joint development between the University and Capstone Development Partners. It was designed by Boston’s Elkus Manfredi Architects, and was built by Turner Construction. The 16- and 7-story buildings contain almost 900 rooms and 1,300 beds.

CA6 begins its dance into the West Loop

Rendering of CA6 by Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson.

Because it’s replacing a dance studio. Anyway…

CA6 is the latest development from Belgravia Group, who’ve given us Renelle on the River, Three Sixty West, and CA Washington, to name a few. It weighs in at eight stories, 72 condos, with 76 parking spaces. Its building permit arrived February 9. The permit to demolish the former Hubbard Street Dance Center on this site was issued in November of last year.

Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson is the design architect, and I am digging the renderings. (The arhces!) Maris Construction is the general contractor.

I can’t find an opening target date on the CA6 website, but it *is* right next to a Target, so there’s that.

Permit issued to begin work on Ravenswood and Lawrence at….well, Ravenswood and Lawrence

Coming soon to this space: Ravenswood and Lawrence.

Across the street from the grocery store I frequent at least three times a week (so, expect frequent updates), behind the brand-spankin’-new Chase Bank that replaced an old Chase bank (even though part of the old Chase bank is still standing) work will soon begin on a new four-story, 55-unit apartment development.

Ravenswood and Lawrence is from Harlem Irving Companies, the developer who brought us Eight Eleven Uptown. Situated right next to the Ravenswood Metra station (TOD, FR), Ravenswood and Lawrence should be followed in the near future by another 100 or so units once the rest of the old Chase Bank needs to be demolished.

I have not been given permission to rename this development, but I’m going with RaveLaw. Let’s see if it sticks.

Humphreys and Partners Architects is the design firm for Ravenswood and Lawrence. William A. Randolph of Gurnee is the general contractor.

Harlem Irving Companies rendering

Here’s one I missed: The Outpatient Surgery Center and Specialty Clinics at UIC

The elusive tower crane at UI Health’s Outpatient Surgery Center & Specialty Clinics.

I don’t know how long there’s been a tower crane at 1009 S. Wood St. in the Medical District, but I know when I found out about it: just now. The University of Illinois Hospital is building the 200,000-suare-foot Outpatient Surgery Center and Specialty Clinics at this location, and since this is a state university, there are no City of Chicago construction permits.

Shive-Flattery Architecture & Engineering and ZGF Architects are both involved in the design, and both make their first appearances here at the B.U.C. Pepper Construction is the general contractor. Sincerest apologies to Pepper for missing their tower crane in the March survey.

Shoutout to UI Health/UIC for the fence banners that show everyone involved in this project. Sure makes my job easier. Except for that whole noticing-the-tower-crane-in-the-sky part.

You can find a wealth of information (including a construction cam!) about the Outpatient Surgery Center & Specialty Clinics below, thanks to the miracle of copy & paste. And then, of course, a few construction photos follow.



OPENING FALL 2022, the Outpatient Surgery Center & Specialty Clinics (OSC) will be a new, advanced care center at UI Health. The 200,000-square-foot facility will feature six floors of patient care space that will accommodate the increasing volume and complexity of surgical care, education, and research at the University of Illinois Hospital & Clinics and its health science partners at UIC.

The OSC will be a new home for state-of-the-art care, including:


The new Outpatient Surgery Center & Specialty Clinics at UI Health is set to welcome its first patients in the fall of 2022.

Visit this page any time to check on construction progress via the live feed.  Click here to view full screen version. Interior and exterior renderings of the building can be viewed here.

Latest Project Updates

  • Basement and foundations have been completed!
  • Structural steel erection commenced: Click to see the progress
  • Next: Structural Steel erection to be completed mid-summer
  • Next: Building exterior to be completed late-Fall/early-Winter  

Experience. Experts. Convenience.

The Outpatient Surgery Center & Specialty clinics will be a new home for outpatient surgery procedures currently performed at the University of Illinois Hospital. The Bruno & Sallie Pasquinelli Outpatient Surgery Center, located on the third floor, will feature eight operating rooms and a 24-bay Pre-/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), opening needed space for improvements and expansion of the existing inpatient surgery department. This new center will be connected to the main hospital by an enclosed bridge across West Taylor Street.

A number of outpatient clinics also will be calling the OSC their new home:

There will be additional spaces provided to other outpatient clinics based on strategic goals and objectives of the organization.



932 W Randolph tops out (its only three stories) in Fulton Market

932 West Randolph

“Modest” doesn’t describe much as far as development goes in the West Loop/Futon Market arena. But this one applies.

932 West Randolph is a modest mixed-use building going up on the corner of Randolph and Sangamon, replacing a modest MB Bank building. L3 Capital is the developer. Here’s what they have to say:

L3 Capital purchased the former MB Bank in October 2019 and immediately began the design and development process to replace the existing 13,351 square foot bank and adjacent parking lot with a 35,000 square foot mixed-use building with 10,000 square feet of prime retail space below two floors of boutique office. The brick and steel building, designed specifically to pay homage to the Fulton Market neighborhood’s industrial roots, will reuse the structural elements of the existing three-story bank to both reduce costs and construction waste. Construction is underway and the Property will be delivered in Q4 2021.

OKW Architects did the design. Walsh Construction is on the build.

Here’s a modest gallery of construction photos:

First Visit: 1123 West Randolph

1123 West Randolph back in March.

1123 West Randolph has reached about as high as a six-story building can reach.

A somewhat vague permit was issued in January of 2020, calling for a six-story building with retail on the lower two floors and residential units on the third through sixth floors. No number of units is indicated.

Apex Construction Group is the GC. Their website calls for nine units, with HKS, Inc the architect of record, and Heart of America the developer.

Chicago YIMBY visited the site in October of last year. They name Interra Realty as the developer, which is in line with the name (Jon Morgan) on the permit, and the names in the following press release from Neighbors of the West Loop back in 2018:

I got some photos for ya:

Stuff That’s Done: The David M. Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago

The David M. Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago.

14 months ago, I called this the most unique construction project in the city. No one told me I was wrong.

The David M. Rubenstein Forum on the University of Chicago campus is done and open and really darn cool.

Congrats to the whole team on this one: The University of Chicago; architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro out of NYC and Chicago’s own Brininstool + Lynch, and general contractor Turner Construction.

Nevele22 catches the eye in River West

Nevele22, at 1122 West Chicago Avenue in River West.

Height will make you noticeable. When you can’t achieve that, bright yellow construction materials will do the trick.

Nevele22 is one such example as it rises in River West. Located at 1122 W. Chicago Avenue, Nevele22 will be a 7-story, 97-unit rental property where Chicago and Milwaukee Avenues converge. It’s a busy intersection, and a busy neighborhood.

Nevele22 is being developed by Lipe Property Company of Wicker Park. It is a design by Pappageorge Haymes Partners. The building permit, issued in April of last year, also calls for 39 parking spots and ground-floor retail space. Global Builders is the general contractor.

Nevele22 hopes to be open for move-ins this spring.

Nevele22, at 1122 West Chicago Avenue in River West.