Took a train downtown this evening. Even lugged the tripod along with me, since it’s been almost forever since I’ve tried to take a night shot. And discovered that what little I knew about taking photographs, I’ve mostly forgotten. Couldn’t even tell that most of the shots were badly out of focus. Oh well.
Here’s one of Wolf Point East, Merchandise Mart (during Art on the Mart), and whatever that kite/hammock contraption is along the Riverwalk.
We were getting worried about the empty lot at LaSalle and Erie in River North. It had been quite some time since the old Erie and LaSalle Body Shop had been demolished to make room for a new residential tower, but The Bentham’s website never went offline, a good sign of hope that the project was still alive.
Sedgwick Development is building this condominium tower, not only as the developer, but as the general contractor and designer as well. They got a tower crane permit way back in September of last year, and yesterday, a foundation permit was issued. That permit calls for 15 stories and 31 condos, plus 53 parking spots and 3,132 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
Congrats go out to Sedgwick Development. I bet they’re champing at the bit to get going.
Erie and LaSalle Body Shop, now gone.
Body shop demolition.
The lot has been cleared for a while.
Signage. The signage never waivered. Signage is a good sign.
727 West Madison stands stoic behind the painted water tank at Morgan Mfg.
I like construction. I like Chicago Water Tanks. So it made me slightly giddy to see 727 West Madison lined up perfectly with the delightful water tank atop Morgan Mfg at 401 North Morgan Street in the West Loop. I thought I’d share it.
Sometimes we lose track of topped-out buildings. So we rely on your eyes to see what’s slipped our memories. Twitter user @West_Looper let us know on Saturday that the tower crane was coming down at Hayden West Loop, so we headed over there to watch some of the action.
Hayden marked the only crane in the sky for Macon Construction, but its removal means big progress on Sulo Development’s 28-condo project. Hayden’s website shows 80% of the units sold, so you better make your move soon if you’re hoping for new digs in the Booth Hansen-designed building. Sulo plans on having your condo ready for move-in before 2018 comes to a close.
And now, as we’re known to do around here, more photos of a tower-crane disassembly than you’ll ever need:
I wonder if other cranes get nervous watching this.
In the distance, Hayden West Loop drops the tower crane.
Chicago’s newest tower crane is at 145 South Wells. And it’s a shiny yellow one!
The 20-story office tower Moceri + Roszak is building at 145 South Wells has erected The Loop’s first tower crane since we waved bye-bye to the sidewalk-hovering iron beast at 151 North Franklin more than a year ago. Now the real fun begins for Clark Construction, what with the crane being operational and caissons having been sunk into the earth. That means it’s time for some verticality at 145 South Wells.
Vista Tower will be completed with just one tower crane.
Chicago has taken quite a hit over the past few months. Sure, we’re still seeing new tower cranes go up on a regular basis, but we’ve also lost a bunch as well, including ten since we last surveyed the. Not to worry though; there are more on the horizon. Not literally, though. Those would have to be counted as suburban cranes.
New since the May survey:
GR333N (333 North Green)
145 South Wells
Milieu (205 South Peoria)
5252 South Cornell
Gone Since the May survey:
Vista Tower East Crane (still there, but halfway down)
One Bennett Park East Crane
Hayden West Loop
210 North Carpenter
727 West Madison
Hilton Hotel combo (1101 South Wabash)
Home2 Suites River North
Renelle on the River
Harrison Hall at UIC
450 West Belmont
1201 E. 60th Street (Is this still happening, U of C?)
730 N Milwaukee
The Bentham? The website is still live, so there’s (some?) hope.
1415 South Wabash
No permit yet, but construction has started:
1550 North Clark
Toyoko Inn Chicago
4555 North Sheridan
Alta Grand Central
110 North Wacker
Where are the tower cranes?
West Loop – 6
South Loop – 3
Lincoln Park – 3
River North – 2
Lakeshore East – 2
6 neighborhoods have one tower crane apiece: The Loop (THE LOOP HAS A TOWER CRANE AGAIN! -145 South Wells); Lake View (3833 North Broadway); Streeterville (One Bennett Park); Gold Coast (61 East Banks); Near North (Atrium Village Phase 2); Hyde Park (5252 South Cornell)
Who has them?
Power – 5
W.E. O’Neil – 4
McHugh – 2
Walsh – 2
Nine general contractors have one tower crane apiece: Skender (Hyatt House West Loop); Linn-Mathes (5252 South Cornell); Centaur (Nobu Hotel); Clark (145 South Wells); Maris (Three Sixty West); Lendlease (One Bennett Park); DLG (3833 North Broadway); Leopardo (61 East Banks); Onni Group (Atrium Village Phase 2)
What are they building?
Residence – 15 1/2 (Vista is half res, half hotel)
A matter of mere days after I’d finally come to grips with no longer having two tower cranes at the new McDonald’s Headquarters in the West Loop, word came that the East Crane at Vista Tower was coming down. I made the pilgrimage over to Streeterville to take a few shots from across the Chicago River, turned to look behind me, and what else do I see? One tower crane at One Bennett Park! I appreciate everyone’s progress here, but noooooooo!