A show of glass from Marlowe brightens up Wells Street in River North

Marlowe gets glass

As Marlowe approaches full height, the first row of glass is being installed.

We visited Marlowe near the end of September, and noted it appeared to be close to topping out. Whether or not it’s officially achieved that milestone, here’s one it’s reached for sure: the first panes of glass are up.

So how about more of that trestle bridge at Wolf Point East?

You know, because it’s cool. Ridiculously cool.

Home2 Suites by Hilton gets a caisson workout in River North

Home2 Suites by Hilton 110 West Huron

The 17-story Home2 Suites by Hilton will stand atop caissons Stalworth Underground is drilling and filling now.

The Home2 Suites by Hilton coming to River North at 110 West Huron Street is in full-blown caisson phase these days. Stalworth Underground is doing the caisson work for general contractor M.A. Mortenson Company, and has their big blue machines hard at work on the corner of Clark and Huron. Akara Partners is developing the hotel, a design by NORR Inc., which will bring 185 rooms across the 17-story tower.

The Big Green W is building a bridge at Wolf Point East, and I can’t get over it

Wolf Point East trestle bridge

Walsh Construction is building a trestle bridge at Wolf Point East to give equipment easier access the site.

It’s not a building permit you see every day.


As part of the Wolf Point East tower project, Walsh Construction is building a trestle bridge. Why? Well, they can, for one. But seriously, they gave a much better explanation on Twitter:

There you have it. Equipment needs to get to the site one way or another. Sometimes, you just have to build “another.”

56 West Huron gets permission for 11 condos in River North (updated)

56 West Huron

Rendering of 56 West Huron from Kiferbaum Development Group.

56 West Huron is for real.

The 13-story, 11-unit condominium tower from Kiferbaum Development Group got the green light from the City of Chicago Friday, allowing construction to begin in River North.

The Studio Dwell-designed project boasts 10 full-floor condos and one duplex penthouse. Each unit will have one parking space apiece. According to the 56 West Huron website (link above) condos begin at $1.375M, with one unit already sold.

Gilbane Building Company will be the general contractor. Kiferbaum’s plan has 56 West Huron opening in Summer 2018.

*** This story has been updated to show the demolition permit for the former Van Cleef salon building.

It’s Go Time for Renelle on the River

Renelle on the River

It’s official: Construction may begin on Renelle on the RIver.

A building permit issued yesterday by the City of Chicago signals the official start of Renelle on the River at 403 North Wabash Avenue in River North. The bKL Architecture design is being developed by Belgravia Group, and it will deliver 50 new condominiums to the former plaza next to Trump Hotel and Tower. McHugh Construction will be the general contractor.

We’ve been waiting on this one for awhile. Construction fencing went up around the plaza early this year, but demo didn’t begin until summer. But with permit in hand (and at least 40% of those 50 condos already sold) it’s finally time to get busy and get Renelle on the River on the plaza.

The 8-story Moxy Hotel is 8 stories high

Moxy Hotel Chicago

River North’s Moxy Hotel shouldn’t grow much taller than this.

Look, I’m not saying the Moxy Hotel in River North has topped out. I’m also not saying it hasn’t. But it has for sure reached the eighth floor of what we’re told is to be an eight-story boutique hotel. There are also a couple rows of glass installed now, to nicely compliment the yellow siding.

That’s Pepper Construction out there doing the dirty work. You know them for being a prominent concrete contractor, and they also recently completed the Hotel EMC2 in Streeterville.

We (Read: I) still don’t know much about the Moxy Chicago. It’ll be eight stories, because that’s what the permit says. But there hasn’t been any indication of room count, rooftop bars, types of mints on the pillows, nothing like that. The website shows the hotel in Chicago plans a mid-2018 opening. So that’s all we can say for now.