Illinois Masonic erects a tower crane

Tower crane erection at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lake View, Chicago
The tower crane goes up at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Lake View.

I went to the South Loop Friday to see a new tower crane, and found an even newer one in Lake View on the way home.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is erecting an eight-story vertical expansion (if this was a house, it would called an addition) addressed as 900 West Nelson Street. This construction is best viewed from an outbound Brown Line train, which is where I was Friday when I snapped a couple iPhone shots of the crane going up.

Turner Construction is the general contractor. It looks from the permits issued that SmithGroup is the design architect.

Almost as many permits and floors on this one. The construction itself was permitted in three phases, while the tower crane has two permits of its own:

Phase 1 issued 1/13/2023
Phase 2 issued 1/19/2023
Phase 3 issued 6/20/2023
Tower crane slab & earth retention issued 4/12/2023
Tower crane issued 5/3/2023

The tiniest gallery of iPhone shots taken August 18:



Howard Brown Health passes the halfway mark in Lake View

The Howard Brown Health facility rising at 3501 North Halsted

The legal-firm-sounding team of McHugh & McHugh have passed the halfway point on the five-story Howard Brown Health healthcare facility in Lake View. That leaves just two levels of concrete to pour until the Eckenhoff Saunders Architects-designed clinic tops out.

Permits received for this project include:
Demolition for 3501 N Halsted – 8/18/2021
Demolition for 3513 N Halsted – 8/18/2021
Caissons – 2/15/2022
Tower crane – 3/28/2022
Core & shell – 5/9/2022
Interior build-out – 6/17/2022

And now, the pictures:

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Howard Brown Health foundation work continues at 3501 North Halsted

The tower crane at 3501 North Halsted, seen from a Brown Line train

My last visit to 3501 North Halsted featured a half-built tower crane. That crane is now fully functional, as work by McHugh Construction continues below street level. Soon, they’ll go vertical on the new healthcare facility from Howard Brown Health and Inland National Development Company.

Want to spot the tower crane but don’t have time to stop for it? Take a Brown Line train north out of the Belmont Station, then have your camera ready as you go over the Red Line Bypass. Don’t have time to do even that? Stare at the photo above.

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3501 North Halsted (almost) has a tower crane

They say don’t count your chickens if the eggs are all in one basket. Or something to that effect. Whatever. Point is, maybe I shouldn’t call what 3501 North Halsted has a “tower crane” just yet. But we love cranes. We need cranes. So we’re counting this one as being up in the air, even if it’s (obviously) not functional yet. My trusty iPhone6 took some photos Tuesday afternoon so you wouldn’t have to.

Tower crane permit in hand, Howard Brown Health continues foundation work in Lake View

Rendering of Howard Brown Health Clinic at 3501 N Halsted from Eckenhoff Saunders Architects.

Howard Brown Health broke ground in March on a new clinic at 3501 North Halsted in Lake View. Together with Inland National Development Company, they’re building a five-story, 70,000sf facility that will include below-grade parking, a pharmacy and other retail and event space, offices, and a dental care clinic.

Surprisingly, and happily, though it’s just five stories tall, the Eckenhoff Saunders Architects-designed clinic will require a tower crane, which was permitted on March 28. The first building permit was issued on February 15. McHugh Construction and McHugh Concrete are handling general contractor and concrete contractor duties, respectively.

Per their above-cited press release, Howard Brown Health plans to open the new clinic in 2023. Meanwhile, foundation work is ongoing.

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πŸ—πŸ—πŸ— We have three new tower cranes coming, Chicago πŸ—πŸ—πŸ—

The City of Chicago has issued three new tower crane permits in the span of six days, the kind of growth spurt that warms hearts here at the B.U.C.

Rendering of 1044 West Van Buren by Antunovich Associates.

Last week, Tandem got a crane permit for 1044 West Van Buren. They’re building an 18-stort, 196-unit apartment tower designed by Antunovich Associates. Tandem will be their own general contractor, just as they were at Avra West Loop across the street.

Rendering of 3501 North Halsted by Eckenhoff Saunders.

Monday, Howard Brown Health got a crane permit for 3501 North Halsted. They’re building a five-story clinic with offices and a pharmacy designed by Eckenhoff Saunders. McHugh Construction is the general contractor.

Rendering of 160 North Morgan by bKL Architecture.

And Wednesday, Sterling Bay got a crane permit for 160 North Morgan. They’re building a 30-story, 282-unit apartment tower where that purple monster was for a few weeks back in 2020. bKL Architecture designed the tower, and Walsh Construction is the general contractor.

So, you know, LET’S GO!

Just because: Pre-demolition photos at 3415-3425 North Ashland. A bunch of them.

There’s a four-story, 48-unit residential building coming to the 3400-block of North Ashland Avenue in the Lake View neighborhood. That means it’s demolition time for the three low-slung brick buildings right smack-dab next to the L tracks just north of Roscoe Street, but south of Loyola Press.

You used to be able to sit down to read the information posted at 3415 N Ashland, but sadly, it’s now inside the demo fence.

Brophy Excavation is doing the demolition work.

Check out this link from the 44th Ward for more info on 3415 North Ashland. Then see the gallery with the ridiculous number of pictures I took before this all comes down.

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Progress Update: Optima Lakeview glasses up the joint

Curtain Wall Achievement: Unlocked, at Optima Lakeview

Optima Lakeview is starting to shine, as the crew from developer, designer, and GC Optima has begun installing the first level of curtain wall, on what I would estimate to be the second floor. But that’s just a guess from street level.

The seven-story, 198-unit T.O.D. will be ready for move-ins next year.

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Darn Near Done: Panorama to open soon at 3300 North Clark

Panorama 3300 North Clark

Panorama is an eight-story rental development in the Lake View neighborhood at 3300 North Clark. Developed by Blilzlake Partners and designed by bKL Architecture, Panorama brings 140 units a block away from the Belmont CTA station. It includes 140 apartments, 9,000 square feet of retail space, and parking for 20 cars. As you can see, it sits right up against the new Red-Purple Bypass.

Power Construction is on this build.

Sorry about neglecting you, Pano. A lot of these construction photos were taken from Brown Lines trains on the way back home.

 

Stuff That’s Done: The Residences at the Eagle Building

The Residences at the Eagle Building

The Residences at the Eagle Building at 3833 North Broadway.

The Residences at the Eagle Building are open and lived in at 3833 North Broadway in Lake View. This Jonathan Splitt Architects-designed, 8-story, 134-unit apartment development from DLG Management is notable for its dismantling and reassembling of the terra cotta eagles adorning the façade. The building began welcoming tenants in 2019.