Coppia (1101 W Van Buren) has topped out along the Eisenhower Expressway

1000M, for the final construction visit?

1000M stand tall above Grant Park.

The days of watching construction at 1000M are drawing to a close. Just a handful of the top levels remain unglazed. Soon the tower crane will come down and this will look like a finished product while crews work on the interior.

1000M gave us the rare thrill of watching a skyscraper begin twice. First when caisson work got underway, and then again, after a pandemic-induced delay left the site dormant for months and months. The tower crane base that had been planted was removed, it went from condos to apartments, the design was tweaked, and it roared back to life early in 2022.

It’s always weirdly sad to me when a building wraps up construction and there’s nothing to watch anymore, but this one legit tugs at the heartstrings, knowing Helmut Jahn isn’t here to enjoy its completion.

1000M should be open to residents in 2024. And please, if you get one of these apartments, invite me over. I’ll even help you move in, if that’s what it takes.

4600 North Marine moves ever closer to exterior completion

4600 North Marine is topped out in Uptown

Don’t get me wrong; I know there’s still a good deal of work yet to be done to the exterior of 4600 North Marine in Uptown. But the bricks are on, the windows are in, and the crane is down. But as you’ll see, Gilbane is nearing the home stretch.

The glass is half full at 225 North Elizabeth

A USAF Thunderbird flies over 225 North Elizabeth during the 2023 Chicago Air & Water Show.

Another tower crane gone since my last visit. Of course, it has been three months since I’ve been out and about. The topped-out and craneless 225 North Elizabeth has achieved approximate half-glassness. That’s an industry term; don’t bother looking it up if you’re not privy to insider information. Only us cool, in-the-know construction-types have it.

At Cassidy on Canal, the glazing is half up, and the tower crane is half down

The half-staff tower crane at Cassidy on Canal, 09/18/2023.

Cassidy on Canal is topped out at 350 North Canal in River West. The tower crane is on the way done, as the glass exterior rises toward the top. It appears The Habitat Company’s 343-unit apartment tower is on pace for its scheduled Spring 2024 opening. Great location, too.

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Progress Update: 1114 West Carroll bringing 368 more apartments to the Fulton Market District

There’s big progress to report at 1114 West Carroll.

1114 West Carroll, the 34-story, 368-unit apartment tower from Trammell Crow Company in Dallas is really showing out in the Fulton Market District. Don’t believe me? Check out the gallery of Power Construction progress, who appear to have reached the underside of Floor 11:

Darn Near Done: Sterling Bay announces showings at The Dylan

Another fantastic location is about to be your home, if you so choose. Sterling Bay announced last week in an Instagram post that The Dylan, their new Fulton Market apartment tower, is now showing units. And while I’m not going to fool anyone into thinking these are in my price range just to get a tour, the studio units I looked at on the website are nice sized. At least where I come from, 553 square feet is darn spacious. Plus, I love the West Loop and Fulton Market District. This’d be a great spot for me. Or for any of my dedicated followers who like to invite guests over. (Careful that hint don’t drop on your noggin.)

Here’s a quick look at what The Dylan looks like right this very minute. You can also click on my tags for The Dylan and 160 North Morgan to see how construction progressed.

633 South LaSalle (at long last) puts up a tower crane and rises out of the ground [Corrected]

This post has been corrected to show Q Investment Partners of Singapore as the developer.

The tower crane at 633 South LaSalle in the South Loop.

633 South LaSalle has avoided a forced vacation to Spireville and is now underway in the Printers Row area of the South Loop. The tower crane is up, the core has gone 3-D, and any and all delays — pandemic-related or otherwise — are a thing of the past. Thrilled and relieved to see this one get going.

This will be an 18-story co-living development, consisting of 117 units and 381 beds. Why co-living in the South Loop? Students. Roosevelt University, Columbia College, DePaul, East-West University, etc. Lots of kids need lots of places to stay.

Tip o’the cap to Chicago Cityscape for letting me know the tower crane was up.

Here are the players at 633 South LaSalle:

Clark Construction is the general contractor.
Adjustable Concrete Construction is the concrete contractor.
Berkelhamer is the design architect.
FitzGerald is the architect of record.
Q Investment Partners is the developer.

Was I hallucinating when it came to old permits here? There were a bunch of them, I swear. But now there are only three on the City of Chicago website:

Tower crane, issued 3/24/2023
Caissons, issued 4/25/2023
Full build, issued 6/1/2023

Here are some pics. Some much more compelling pics than the bare lot I’ve visited in recent months:

160 North Morgan is now The Dylan

Got a surprise in my Instagram feed today, when this post popped up from Sterling Bay:

This is what The Dylan looked like last week, as the exterior nears completion: