Suburban Adventures: One Oak Brook Commons

One Oak Brook Commons in Oak Brook, Illinois

On what used to be the McDonald’s HQ (which now stands proudly in Chicago’s very own West Loop neighborhood) in Oak Brook, One Oak Brook Commons has risen out of the demolition rubble on its way to being the first phase of Oak Brook Commons.

One Oak Brook Commons will be a 17-story, 250-unit apartment tower next to what suburbanites know as the Oakbrook Center shopping mall. A design by Chicago firm Antunovich Associates, OOBC (the cool kids call it that) will also include a whopping 420 parking spaces. (It’s the suburbs; relax.) W.E. O’Neil is on the build.

Future phases of Oak Brook Commons will include condominiums, a hotel, “creative” office space, medical office space, and a public park. Yep, there’ll be activity on this site for quite some time.

I borrowed my nephew’s self-balancing electric skateboard and headed to the western burbs for a look-see, as proven by the following photo gallery:

Here are Hines’ words on Oak Brook Commons:

Hines is developing Oak Brook Commons, a premier mixed-use community of retail, residential, office and hospitality centered around a half-acre public park in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Located on the former McDonald’s world headquarters site, the development will be directly adjacent to Oakbrook Center shopping mall. Hines and Antunovich Associates have prepared a master plan for the site, and Hines will be responsible for developing the multifamily and office components of the project.

At completion, Oak Brook Commons will consist of 250 Class A residential rental units, 210,000 square feet of creative office, 80,000 square feet of medical office, 52 residential condos, a 250-key hotel, and five retail/restaurant pads.

And this is what Antunovich has to say:

One Oak Brook Commons will be a 17-story, Class-A high-rise building with 250 luxury apartment homes and 420 parking stalls within a secured private parking deck. The community is located at the epicenter of the 16.5-acre Oak Brook Commons mixed-use master plan also being developed by Antunovich Associates and Hines. The community will sit directly adjacent to a new public park named The Pitch.

The residences will average a gracious 1,055-square-feet and will offer upscale finishes and fixtures that will set a new standard for quality in suburban Chicago. The project will also offer an elevated resort-style amenity deck, featuring a heated pool, cabanas, outdoor kitchens and public lawn, as well as a high-end private fitness center, club room, library, expansive dog run, modern package facilities and significant bicycle storage.

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Ravenswood & Lawrence scores more permits

Bye bye bank

I was only (mostly) kidding about daily updates on RaveLaw, but permits are milestones, and Ravenswood & Lawrence got two more of them Thursday.

The first permit will tear down the old Chase Bank building at the corner of Lawrence and Wolcott, and the other allows construction to begin for the second portion of the development. Precision Excavation will do the demolition honors.

The stage is set for Caisson Theater at 354 North Union

Caisson setup at Onni Group’s 354 North Union

The actors know their lines, the set is decorated, and the curtain is about to go up at 354 North Union. The Stalworth Underground Drill Team has been standing by patiently waiting for their moment to shine. That moment is now. Let the caissons begin!

8000 North: A suburban adventure to Skokie

8000 North, 8000 N Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL

My quest for suburban tower cranes begins with…….failure. Although I can brag about my first-ever Yellow Line ride.

There aren’t many tower cranes in Chicago, right? So I figure I’ll start heading out to the suburbs for a look. You know, go to them instead of expecting them to come to me. And I’ll start in Skokie, because I know there’s one there. W.E. O’Neil is using that crane to build 8000 North.

Good in theory. But I got there too late. The tower crane has come down. But remember, the loss of a tower crane means progress has been made. So shout-out to the team up in Skokie that’s gotten 8000 North this far:

Design architect Lucien Lagrange Studio

General Contractor W.E. O’Neil

Developer Murphy Development Group (as a public/private partnership with the Village of Skokie)

8000 North is a 12-story, 153-unit apartment development in the aforementioned Chicago suburb of Skokie. Murphy Development Group plans to welcome tenants to move in first quarter of 2022.

I may have missed the tower crane, but it looks like I got here before the first pane of glass has been installed.

Google Streetview did *not* miss the tower crane


Progress Update: 1400 West Randolph

1400 West Randolph

Let’s walk across Ogden Avenue from 1454 West Randolph, which we saw last week, for a look at how work is progressing at 1400 West Randolph.

Same team involved on this one as well, but on a larger building: 26 stories and 278 units. Developed by Marquette Companies, designed by Brininstool + Lynch, and built by Power Construction.

Checking up on 300 North Michigan

300 North Michigan

A quick spin around 300 North Michigan as construction continues on the joint development effort from Sterling Bay and Magellan Development Group. Hotel rooms and apartments smack dab in the middle of the Cultural Mile and Magnificent Mile? Yes, please.

Below you’ll find photographic proof of progress. (The dude on the corner with the tape measure though? No, thanks. You’re job is safe from me.)

Progress Update: 1454 West Randolph

1454 West Randolph

Checking in on the farther-west of two developments from Marquette Companies.

1454 West Randolph is also the shorter of the two projects (1400 West Randolph is the other), bringing 11 stories and 242 units to the triangular lot bounded by Randolph Street, Ogden Avenue, and Lake Street. Designed by Brininstool + Lynch; built by Power Construction.

Progress and name update: Clarendale Six Corners

Clarendale Six Corners.

I wouldn’t normally post another update so soon, but since I got the name of this one wrong, I think I owe it to you.

Forget all those banners and whatnot all along the Irving Park road construction fence that say “Clarendale Six Corners.” I got one thing in my head, and it stuck. This is not “The Clarendale at Portage Park.” Though it was at one time. But no worries; my inaccurate information wasn’t going to slow progress.

Clarendale Six Corners continues to rise at the Six Corners intersection in Portage Park. That’s where Ryan Companies, along with LCS, is building 10-story, 258-unit Senior Living community. Below you’ll find the text from Ryan Companies’ announcement back in January:

Ryan Companies, LCS and Harrison Street announced today the closing of financing and start of construction for Clarendale Six Corners, a senior living community to be located at the corner of Irving Park Road and Milwaukee Avenue that will cover 1.25 acres of the 4-acre land parcel known as The Point at Six Corners. The approval and support from Alderman James Gardiner and the City of Chicago to move forward is a welcome change to the burgeoning neighborhood.

“As we continue to witness the resurgence of our Six Corners Business District, our community welcomes the addition of the Clarendale and Aldi. With collaboration and teamwork, our community will continue to reap the rewards of community-based developments that enhance our neighborhood,” said Alderman Gardiner.

Construction and new infrastructure will begin on the 10-story, $117 million mixed-use, retail and senior living property that will include 258 residential units made up of independent living, assisted living and memory care units, and 11 affordable independent living units. Located on a prominent, triangular corner, there will be a variety of dynamic public spaces around the site and an outdoor sky terrace on the fourth floor, as well as 18,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

“This was a long time coming, and we’re ready to be an important anchor in the redevelopment of this prominent intersection,” said Dan Walsh, senior vice president of development, Ryan Companies. “This property will give our residents and employees access to a wide range of amenities right outside their doorstep, all while helping the Six Corners shopping district continue its resurgence as a critical destination for the northwest neighborhoods and powerful engine for the local economy.”

Designed by Ryan A+E, Inc., Clarendale Six Corners will be highlighted by amenities and services including culinary excellence and nutrition-focused dining options with restaurants, bistro and bar options; private dining for events; a theatre; continuing education programs; fitness equipment and group fitness classes; salon and spa; arts programs; landscaped patios; transportation to local shopping, events and appointments; medical care; covered valet parking and more.

The surrounding community will have access to three distinct public areas, including a plaza with benches and bike racks, a pedestrian plaza with shade trees, additional bike racks, outdoor seating and a custom art display, and a mid-block pedestrian connection to increase convenience for pedestrians to walk around the Six Corners district. There will also be 215 off-street parking spaces. The south half of the site will be an Aldi grocery store and additional retail space.

“LCS is excited to further our relationship with Ryan Companies and Harrison Street at Clarendale Six Corners. We look forward to providing future residents with extraordinary experiences at this best-in-class senior living community for many years to come,” said Chris Bird, executive vice president, chief operating officer, LCS

With construction starting, the project will create approximately 650 union construction jobs and 200 permanent jobs over a 20-year period and will produce an expected $40 million in property taxes. The total economic impact from the project is anticipated to exceed $730 million.

About Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Founded in 1938, Ryan Companies offers comprehensive commercial real estate services as a national developer, architect, capital investment consultant, builder and real estate manager with a focus on bringing lasting value to its customers and the communities in which it works. Ryan market depth includes retail, industrial, healthcare and senior living. Ryan development and corporate build-to-suit work spans a wide range of product types including office, mixed-use, hospitality, multifamily housing and mission critical facilities. Ryan has nearly 1,500 employees in 15 offices and has completed projects in 39 states. For more information, visit

About LCS

As a pioneer in the senior living industry since 1971, making a difference in the lives of seniors has been our sole focus since day one. The dedicated LCS Family of Companies is designed to help fulfill your community’s mission. This structure allows us to develop and share expertise across our company to deliver innovative solutions to partners, seniors and their communities. LCS has the experience, leadership, and integrity to meet unique needs of your community. When you partner with LCS, you receive more than just a single perspective; you get the experience of six senior-focused companies working together as one. In the field of senior living, Experience is Everything. For more information, visit

About Harrison Street

Harrison Street is one of the leading investment management firms exclusively focused on alternative real assets. Since inception in 2005, the firm has created a series of differentiated investment solutions focused on demographic-driven, needs-based assets. The firm has invested across senior housing, student housing, healthcare delivery, life sciences and storage real estate as well as social and utility infrastructure. Headquartered in Chicago with an office in London, the firm has more than 160-employees and approximately $27.3 billion in assets under management. Clients of the firm include a global institutional investor base domiciled in North America, Europe and Asia. Harrison Street has been awarded Best Places to Work by Pensions & Investments for the last six consecutive years and was named 2019 North American Alternatives Investor of the Year by PERE. For more information, please visit

Gild starts to peek above fence level

Gild Chicago, 1210 N. State Parkway

Progress is beginning to show above the fence line at Gild in the Gold Coast neighborhood. There might not be much to see yet, but thanks to the power of a tower crane, soon there’ll be 12 stories to peruse, and rent, if you’d like.

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.