Breaking: 410 South Wabash ain’t a parking lot no more

January 2020. Waiting . . .

Sorry to rub it in if yer one o’ them NIMBYs who’s upset that the parking lot you use once a month when you drive to The Loop is gone. But the rest of us are pretty happy about it.

More than a year and a half after a foundation permit was issued, the surface parking lot at 410 South Wabash has been torn to bits, to be replaced by a 25-story residential tower. And it’s pretty cool to see, too. You can get a good view under the sidewalk and even a little bit of the seamy underbelly of Van Buren Street.

Back in January 2020, this very blog wrote, and I quote:

College students don’t need parking lots. College students do need beds. That might be a little oversimplified, but that’s how I prefer to look at 410 South Wabash in the South Loop.

A foundation permit issued by the City of Chicago beck in December launched the beginning of 410 South Wabash. Developed by Lennar Multifamily, or LMC, this new residential building in the South Loop promises to deliver 344 dwelling units in a 25-story, 260-foot-tall tower.

The site sits at the foot of the T intersection of the CTA’s elevated train lines at Wabash Avenue and Van Buren Street, offering future residents unlimited opportunities to take cool Instagram shots of the L coming and going into and out of The Loop. Orange, Pink, Green, Brown, and Purple Line trains all pass through here, and when the Christmas Train passes by at night, lucky tower dwellers will be directly above the action.

4th Ward Alderman Sophia King held a community meeting in May, from which there comes a veritable cavalcade of information on 410 South Wabash. Floor plans show a mix of 1-bed, 2-bed, and 3-bed units, plus studios, convertibles, and micro-apartments. Though no indication is given that this tower is targeting the South Loop student population, those smaller units sure seem to be good options for the college kids.

410 South Wabash will also include 103 parking spaces, which goes against my thoughts on students needing to park, but definitely fits in with 3-bedroom homes. There will also be about 8,000 square feet of commercial space.

Antunovich Associates is the architect of record; Pepper Construction is the general contractor.

Some things have changed since then, which I started writing about in March 2020, but held off on publishing in the hopes of hearing news that construction was about to start. Something known as an Easy Process Permit was issued by the city March 5 of 2020, changing the general contractor to Power Construction, and naming Adjustable Concrete Construction as the concrete contractor. Then (you still with me? Or did I lose you at “sorry to rub it in”?) two reinstatement permits were issued by the city: the first in January of this year, and another the last week of June. And it looks like that second one is what broke through the ice jam and got this project flowing again.

Which brings us to July 2021, wherein I make it down to 410 South Wabash in The Loop and verify that work has indeed begun. End of story.

Orange line video of site work. Lost my balance and almost fell over on the bend.

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Ashland Avenue was in Rush University Medical Center’s way. They got over it.

The new pedestrian bridge at Rush University Medical Center.

This past weekend, the city closed off one block of South Ashland Avenue in the Illinois Medical District to allow Power Construction could lift a pedestrian bridge into place. The bridge connects the new Joan and Paul Rubschlager Building to Rush University Medical Center on the west side of Ashland.

After breaking ground in June of 2019, the 10-story, 480,000-square-foot outpatient care facility is expected to open to patients in 2022 opening. It is a design by West Loop architecture firm Nia Architects in collaboration with HDR.

You might have noticed the bridge on site for several weeks, waiting for liftoff.

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ADM Demolition, June 2021

Just because I haven’t posted demolition progress at the ADM Milling Co. demolition since May doesn’t mean I haven’t been over there watching.

The silos seem to have gotten a bit of a reprieve while efforts were concentrated on bringing down the office building. That’s completely gone now, save for the rubble, and Heneghan Wrecking has started punching holes in the silos again.

Chronologically, here’s a metric ton of photos taken throughout June. I wish there had been a way to stack them like a pile of bricks:

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Chicago’s July 2021 Tower Crane Survey clings desperately to double digits

We are down to 10 active tower cranes in Chicago. Not saying sound the alarm, but I’d know where the panic button is, just in case.

Paying close attention to Randolph Street. 609 West Randolph has been topped out for awhile, so that crane could come down by the time I type this sentence. Especially the way I type. 1400 West Randolph (Parq Fulton) and 1454 West Randolph (Evo Union Park) both celebrated topping out last week, so the days for those two cranes are numbered. There’s still no sign of 178 West Randolph getting started, despite its tower crane permit from March 2020. The good news is, the Plumbers Union parking garage at 1371 should get a crane this month.

We could also get a new crane at 354 North Union during July. It was permitted in May. Plus, a full building permit was issued in June for 345 North Morgan, so the tower crane permit issued for that in March 2020 (as was the foundation permit) will soon be put to use. Before July ends though? We’ll have to wait and see.

Two tower cranes, at 1043 Fulton and 320 South Canal, have been taken down since the June survey.

Where are the tower cranes?

  • West Loop – 2 (609 W Randolph and Parq Fulton)
  • River North – 2 (Salesforce Tower and One Chicago)
  • Illinois Medical District – 2 (UI Health and gateway Apartments)
  • West Town – 1 (Evo Union Park)
  • Gold Coast – 1 (Gild Chicago)
  • The Loop – 1 (300 North Michigan)
  • Portage Park – 1 (Clarendale Six Corners)

What are they building?

  • Residential – 6.5
  • Office – 2
  • Medical – 1 (UI Health)
  • Hotel – .5 (300 North Michigan Hotel/Residential)

Who has tower cranes?

  • Power Construction – 4
  • Skender Construction – 1 (609 West Randolph)
  • Ryan Companies – 1 (Clarendale Portage Park)
  • Global Builders – 1 (Gateway Apartments)
  • Pepper Construction – 1 (UI Health)
  • Walsh Construction – 1 (Salesforce Tower)
  • Linn-Mathes – 1 (300 North Michigan)

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June Progress Update: Clarendale Six Corners

Look closely and you’ll see the open courtyard inside Clarendale Six Corners.

General contractor Ryan Companies has reached the underside of the seventh floor at Clarendale Six Corners, the senior living community designed by Ryan A+E for developer Ryan Companies. (Yes, you read that correctly; Ryan Companies is multi-talented.) Once it’s achieved its full 10-story height, Clarendale Six Corners will deliver 258 residential units to the Portage Park neighborhood.

As you’ll see in the gallery below, Ryan has made great strides since our last visit here:

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A tower crane, by many other names, comes down from Fulton Market.

See over there? That used to be a tower crane.

Remove 1043 Fulton form Chicago’s active tower crane list. You can also remove 1025 West Fulton, 237 North Aberdeen, 1045 West Fulton, and 1045 On Fulton, since all those monikers have been used for this property. (Not this property, though.)

No matter the name, Power Construction topped out the 12-story building in May, and now the tower crane is being disassembled and removed from the site. Still waiting on the first signs of curtain-wall glass.

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Evo Union Park and Parq Fulton have topped out

Don’t believe me? Marquette Management has proof. And it looks like it was quite a party. Congrats to Marquette Companies, Power Construction, and Brininstool + Lynch on the big two-fer!

As demolition continues, foundation work begins at Ravenswood and Lawrence

RaveLaw is cooking now.

Most of the demolition work at Ravenswood and Lawrence is done, save for the gaping hole and (what appears to be) 45-foot-thick concrete at the northwest corner of the site. So while Precision Excavation keeps hammering away at that, William A. Randolph has started doing foundation work towards the southeast corner of the property.

They’re working on the two buildings of RaveLaw for Harlem Irving Companies that will ultimately deliver about 170 luxury apartments, wrapped around the newly built Chase Bank, and right next door to the Ravenswood Metra station.

A verticality update at Gild Chicago

What’s up, Eli!

Gold Coast’s lone tower crane continues sending Gild skyward at State and Division. The future 12-story, 89-unit apartment building from Newcastle Limited had reached the sixth level when I stopped by last weekend.

Gild is a design by CallisonRTKL. Power Construction is on the build.

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