I’m putting you on tower-crane watch, Chicago.
Even though we leave for London Wednesday, it’s very likely construction will continue here without me, and that means you’ll need to be my eye on the skyline. You can print out this little cheat sheet of things to look for if you’d like.
Chicago’s newest tower crane is coming to 508 West Diversey.
There are permits issued for the following tower cranes, which could spring up any day:
- One South Halsted (stub)
- 508 West Diversey (stub)
- Aloft Chicago Mag Mile (243 East Ontario)
- Essex On The Park (808 South Michican, still undergoing caisson work)
- Nobu Hotel (854 West Randolph, also in caisson mode)
The following is my Endangered Tower Crane list. Some have topped out, while others “might” be near the end of their use. This is neither an official not scientific list:
- 3Eleven (311 West Illinois. Definitely topped out)
- 171 Aberdeen (I think topped out. Novak? A little help?)
- Apple Store (It’s only two stories, so who knows what “topped out” means on this one. But I have to believe they don’t need the tower crane much longer)
- 8 East Huron and No. 9 Walton (These are both extremely tentative. I haven’t counted stories yet, but I think they’re close to the top)
Which tower crane will be completed first, One South Halsted or 508 West Diversey? Who’ll take tower cranes down first, Power Construction (Apple Store, 3Eleven) or Novak Construction (171 Aberdeen)? I won’t know; I’ll be in England. (Maybe Paris too!)
Pay attention, Chicago, and share photos with each other. Or send them to the blog (email@example.com) and I’ll be sure to post them. Then, we’ll see you back Stateside at the end of next week.
I hear there are tower cranes in London, so don’t worry about me; I’ll be fine.
One of Lendlease’s 8 Chicago tower cranes works above 1136 South Wabash in the South Loop.
Ever wonder which general contractors have the most tower cranes in the air around Chicago? Well, for right now, the leader in the clubhouse is Lendlease with 8. Power Construction and McHugh Construction are hot on their heels with 7 apiece.
One of Lendlease’s cranes is busy stacking floors atop floors at 1136 South Wabash. 1136 was previously best known for obscuring Hebru Brantley’s Flyboy mural on the wall of next-door neighbor 1132 South Wabash Avenue. But art lives on, and it’s time to recognize the new Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed project for bringing 320 new apartments to the South Loop. Developed by CA Ventures, there will also be 143 parking spaces in the 26-story tower. Never mind that you’ll be able to fall out of bed and land in Stan’s Donuts, or Five Guys, or Belly Up Smokehouse, or Eleven City Diner, but 1136 South Wabash is also about 7 long strides from the Roosevelt CTA station. That’s delicious convenience right there.
Putting the Ill in Illume…The tower crane at Illume Chicago needs some repairs.
Expect a street closure Thursday in the 100-block of South Peoria Street, as a street crane sets up to make repairs on the tower crane holding court above Illume Chicago. Weather permitting, repairs shouldn’t last more than a day, and Peoria Street will be back in business Friday.
Rendering of 145 South Wells from Thomas Roszak Architecture. Yep, that’ll need a tower crane.
For all the development in Chicago, none of it includes a tower crane in The Loop. The two most recent cranes, at Linea (215 West Lake Street) and 151 North Franklin, have been gone since December and April, respectively. So who will swoop in to save us from this wretched cranelessness?
145 South Wells could be the right candidate. After receiving a demolition permit in mid-March to tear down the small parking garage on site, the lot looks clean and ready to be prepped for the latest project from developer Moceri + Roszak: a boutique office building that will re-team them with design architect Thomas Roszak Architecture. (They worked on Linea together.) Renderings show a tower somewhere in the 15-20-story range. That’s sure tower-crane territory. As for when construction gets underway (looks like Clark Construction will be the general contractor) that remains to be seen; permits have yet to be issued to start construction.
That’s nice scaffolding and all, but it won’t do a tower crane’s job.
My hunch about the GC is based on this sign.