Darn Near Done: 800 Fulton

800 Fulton March 2021
800 Fulton

This is a cool building.

800 Fulton is an 18-story office tower at the literal gateway to the Fulton Market District. Really. There’s a sign. Developed by Thor Equities, it is a design by SOM and a build by Lendlease. It should be open any minute now.

1454 West Randolph will deliver 242 new apartments to West Town

1454 West Randolph is the second of Marquette Companies‘ apartment developments currently testing the boundaries of what I think of as the West Loop. Yes, West Town may be more suitable for this one, as it’s located west of Ogden Avenue. But I shamelessly admit the West Loop is my favorite of Chicago neighborhoods, even though it’s not one of our official community areas.¬†

1454 West Randolph will be an 11-story, 242-unit apartment building. Brininstool + Lynch is the design architect. Power Construction is the general contractor. Marquette plans to welcome tenants early next year.

1400 West Randolph is on its way up in the far-off West Loop

1400 West Randolph

1400 West Randolph will deliver 278 apartments to the far reaches of the West Loop.

Marquette Companies has a pair of residential developments under construction at the outer reaches of the West Loop. This one, 1400 West Randolph, should make quite a statement when rises to its full 26-story height.

1400 West Randolph is situated on the corner of Randolph and Ogden. It 278 rental units (studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments) and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Construction has been underway since last year, when foundation, tower crane and full-build permits were all issued.

Brininstool + Lynch is the design architect.

Below you’ll see progress photos from December 2020 and March 2021 visits. That’s Power Construction on the build. Marquette plans an early 2022 opening.


Union Station Tower from near and far

Union Station Tower March 2021

From the west, Union Station Tower is starting to obscure 311 South Wacker.

If you stand near the base of the under-construction Union Station Tower, it feels like it. and you, are surrounded on all sides by view-blocking height. But wander out of The Loop a few blocks, and you’ll begin to see just how dominant this tower is becoming in its own right.

By the way, you can have your choice of names for this tower aw well. Union Station Tower, BMO Tower, and 320 South Canal all work.

Clark Construction

Goettsch Partners

Riverside Investment & Development Company


First Visit: 609 West Randolph plants a crane, begins ascent

601 West Randolph awaits its new neighbor and business partner

Bye bye tired surface parking lot, stick around 1890s four-story boutique loft building, and hello new 15-story office tower.

609 West Randolph is coming to, and staying in, the West Loop. Vista Property Group is putting up an new 15-story office building while preserving and integrating the small structure at 601 W Randolph. Skender is tasked with bringing the Antunovich Associates vision to life.

609 W Randolph got its tower crane permit just before Christmas 2020, and the foundation permit followed in January.

First Visit: 1043 West Fulton begins going vertical in Fulton Market

One of Chicago’s newest tower cranes is at 237 North Aberdeen in the Fulton Market District. But you can call it 1043 Fulton if you’d like.

1043 West Fulton is a joint effort from Intercontinental Real Estate and Fulton Street Companies. The 12-story office building will deliver 124,000 square feet of office space, 6,400 square feet of retail space, and about three dozen below-grade parking spots to the busiest neighborhood in the city.

Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture is the design architect; Power Construction is on the build. 1043 is expected to open in Spring 2022.

Photos are from two visits with five days. They’re kicking some butt on this one.


He who labs glass, glass lasts

Fulton Labs March 2021

What I’m trying to say is, Fulton Labs has its first couple rows of glass installed. Here’s an updated photo gallery from the first half of March 2021.

Fulton Labs shines in the December sun

Fulton Labs grows behind (or next to) the Birdie tank in the Fulton Market District.

This isn’t about one of my favorite water tanks ever, but I certainly can’t ignore it.

No, this post is about Fulton Labs at 400 North Aberdeen, a 16-story, 400,000+ square-foot laboratory facility Power Construction is erecting in Fulton Market. Expected to be operational in early 2022 (2022? Oh, that’s right. 2022 is less than 13 months away. Gosh, 2020 flew by…) Fulton Labs is a development by Trammell Crow Company, and a design by ESG Architecture. This same team brought West End on Fulton to the West Loop as well, which opened this summer.

No tower crane (yet)? No problem for Union Station Tower

There’s a stub; it counts.

GC: Clark Construction

Design Architect: Goettsch Partners

Developer: Riverside Investment & Development Company