3501 North Halsted (almost) has a tower crane

They say don’t count your chickens if the eggs are all in one basket. Or something to that effect. Whatever. Point is, maybe I shouldn’t call what 3501 North Halsted has a “tower crane” just yet. But we love cranes. We need cranes. So we’re counting this one as being up in the air, even if it’s (obviously) not functional yet. My trusty iPhone6 took some photos Tuesday afternoon so you wouldn’t have to.

The glass is more than half full at 345 North Morgan

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Tower crane permit in hand, Howard Brown Health continues foundation work in Lake View

Rendering of Howard Brown Health Clinic at 3501 N Halsted from Eckenhoff Saunders Architects.

Howard Brown Health broke ground in March on a new clinic at 3501 North Halsted in Lake View. Together with Inland National Development Company, they’re building a five-story, 70,000sf facility that will include below-grade parking, a pharmacy and other retail and event space, offices, and a dental care clinic.

Surprisingly, and happily, though it’s just five stories tall, the Eckenhoff Saunders Architects-designed clinic will require a tower crane, which was permitted on March 28. The first building permit was issued on February 15. McHugh Construction and McHugh Concrete are handling general contractor and concrete contractor duties, respectively.

Per their above-cited press release, Howard Brown Health plans to open the new clinic in 2023. Meanwhile, foundation work is ongoing.

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🏗🏗🏗 We have three new tower cranes coming, Chicago ðŸ—🏗🏗

The City of Chicago has issued three new tower crane permits in the span of six days, the kind of growth spurt that warms hearts here at the B.U.C.

Rendering of 1044 West Van Buren by Antunovich Associates.

Last week, Tandem got a crane permit for 1044 West Van Buren. They’re building an 18-stort, 196-unit apartment tower designed by Antunovich Associates. Tandem will be their own general contractor, just as they were at Avra West Loop across the street.

Rendering of 3501 North Halsted by Eckenhoff Saunders.

Monday, Howard Brown Health got a crane permit for 3501 North Halsted. They’re building a five-story clinic with offices and a pharmacy designed by Eckenhoff Saunders. McHugh Construction is the general contractor.

Rendering of 160 North Morgan by bKL Architecture.

And Wednesday, Sterling Bay got a crane permit for 160 North Morgan. They’re building a 30-story, 282-unit apartment tower where that purple monster was for a few weeks back in 2020. bKL Architecture designed the tower, and Walsh Construction is the general contractor.

So, you know, LET’S GO!

Glass climbs the topped-out and craneless 345 North Morgan

345 North Morgan, viewed from Halsted Street.

The tower crane is gone, but work hasn’t skipped a beat at 345 North Morgan in the Fulton Market District.

Sterling Bay’s latest boutique office building is installing windows on what is shaping up to be my favorite new building for nighttime views. And I say that having only been there on sunny days. But mark my words; this is one of those sites you’ll want to get to just as it gets dark at night with the interior lights shining brightly.

345 North Morgan is a ten-story, 200,000-square-foot office building designed by Chicago’s own Eckenhoff Saunders Skender is the general contractor. Their task, along with Adjustable Concrete Construction on concrete, is to have this office building ready for tenants before we close the door on 2022.

The old 345 North Morgan, taken from the original B.U.C. HQ in the West Loop.
Demolition wrapping up, December 16, 2019.
Stalworth Underground doing caisson work, 08/31/2021

It wasn’t until I looked up the permit history that I remembered 345 having a little trouble getting started. Of course, over the past 24 months, who among us *hasn’t* had a little trouble getting started. The old paint store at 345 North Morgan got a demolition permit on December 5 of 2019. (I still have an unfinished draft that I started in January of 2020.) The foundation permit for the new building was next, issued March 12, 2020. But then things went idle for awhile before caisson work began in August of last summer. The full build permit was issued in June of 2021, and the tower crane was permitted on September 3. And here we are.

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345 North Morgan lands its full-build permit

Eckenhoff Saunders rendering

It’s been almost 15 months since foundation and tower crane permits were issued for Sterling Bay’s 345 North Morgan, an 11-story, 230,000-square-foot office building in the nearly-impossible-to-keep-up-with Fulton Market District. That’s a looong time to wait on a tower crane.

But Monday, the full building permit was issued for this one, so we’re keeping crossed fingers that Three Four Five will get started soon.

Located next door to Sterling Bay’s Ace Hotel, and across the street from their Google offices at 1KFulton, 345 North Morgan will include ground-floor retail space and parking spots for 34 cars, according to that aforementioned permit.

Eckenhoff Saunders Architects is the design architect on 345. Skender Construction is designated as the general contractor.

Stuff That’s Done: Hyatt House West Loop

Hyatt House Chicago West Loop, 105 North May Street.

For awhile there, it was difficult to find overnight accommodations in the West Loop. That’s changed dramatically over the past year or two. (Big shock, right? Everything has changed dramatically around here in the past year or two. Hotels, office space, apartments, condos, restaurants. What a time to be alive in the West Loop.)

One new hotel option is the Hyatt House Chicago, now open at 105 North May Street.

Construction work by Skender began in Spring 2018. It opened in June 2019.

Sterling Bay developed the 16-story hotel, which offers about 200 rooms, conveniently located less than a block from the new McDonald’s HQ. Designed by Chicago firm Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, Hyatt House brought nearly 200 guest rooms to the neighborhood.

Hyatt House has started to grow at May and Washington

Hyatt House West Loop June 2018

Skender is ramping up construction on the Hyatt House hotel in the West Loop.

The 16-story Hyatt House Hotel is starting to rise from the former parking lot at 105 North May Street in the West Loop.

Skender is the general contractor on Hyatt House; this represents their one and only tower crane on the current Chicago Survey, and they’re making it count. The future hotel has risen above street level already. Designed for Sterling Bay by Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, Hyatt House will have about 200 guest rooms.

Okay……*now* the tower crane at Hyatt House is ready….

Hyatt House West Loop tower crane assembly

The tower crane at Hyatt House West Loop, as it neared completion Thursday.

Perhaps I jumped the gun by including the tower crane at Hyatt House West Loop as an “in-service” crane in last week’s post. There may have been a glitch in set-up, as the cab was set atop the tower on Tuesday, but by evening it had been removed. No worries though, as Thursday saw completion.

It’s not often I visit a construction site twice just to see the tower crane go up, but I did for this one. So enjoy two galleries comprised of way more photos than you’ll ever need of tower crane assembly at Hyatt House West Loop.

Tuesday:

Thursday:

Skender plants a tower crane stub for the new West Loop Hyatt House

Hyatt House West Loop

Skender has planted a tower crane in the West Loop as they begin construction on Sterling Bay’s Hyatt House.

Very soon, we’ll be adding another name to the Chicago Tower Crane Survey. Skender has planted a stub at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and May Street in the West Loop, where they’re erecting the new Hyatt House hotel.

Sterling Bay is developing the 16-story hotel, conveniently located less than a block from the new McDonald’s HQ they’ve just built. Designed by Chicago firm Eckenhoff Saunders Architects, Hyatt House will bring nearly 200 guest rooms to the neighborhood, which you may have noticed is quite busy with construction. And that means people visiting new offices, and dropping in on residents of all those new apartments, will need a place to stay. Hyatt House will be ready for them.