It’s time to go vertical, as the Hoxton Chicago erects a tower crane

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Chicago’s newest tower crane is at the Hoxton Chicago hotel in the West Loop.

The Hoxton Chicago hotel in the West Loop can start shooting upward toward its 12-story goal, now that Power Construction has installed a shiny new tower crane to do the heavy lifting. Power and Central Contractors Service spent most of the weekend putting up the Peiner SK-415 beauty on the lot at Lake and Green Streets in the ridiculously busy Fulton Market District.

The GREC-designed hotel got its tower crane permit from the City of Chicago back on August 4, so we had to wait awhile for this one. And, as usual, it was worth the wait.

Another Power move in the West Loop, as the Hoxton Chicago plants its tower crane

 

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The Hoxton Chicago hotel got a tower crane stub on Friday.

On the heels of the crane planted last week at 900 West, Power Construction has struck again, this time planting a fresh tower crane stub for the Hoxton Chicago hotel. Permitted back on August 4, the stub was set into its foundation on Friday. No definitive word yet on when the rest of the crane will arrive, but expect it soon, even as foundation work continues.

Power is building the 12-story, 175-room hotel for developers Ennismore and Shapack Partners, and design architect GREC Architects. It’s expected to open in 2019. It will be the third U.S. Hoxton hotel, joining Manhattan, scheduled to open this fall, and Los Angeles, which opens next year.

Can you handle a slow-motion tower-crane stub drive-by?

Hoxton Chicago hotel scores a tower-crane permit amidst foundation work

As Chicago gets dangerously close to dipping below the 30-tower-crane plateau, some good news came in at the end of last week. Along with the second crane permit for the Lincoln Common project in Lincoln Park, Friday also saw the issuing of the tower-crane permit for the Hoxton Chicago hotel in the West Loop.

As you can see in the slow-motion pile-driving drive-by video above, Stalworth Underground continues foundation work on the 12-story, 175-room hotel from developers Ennismore and Shapack Partners, and design architect GREC Architects. Soon, Power Construction will swarm the site, which got its foundation permit back on June 21, and progress will start going vertical.

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A rendering of the Hoxton Chicago hotel from Ennismore.

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The tower crane permit, issued August

 

West Loop site now a clean slate, awaiting the Hoxton Chicago hotel (and it *just* got a permit!)

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From a green line train, a soil-sampling rig tastes the dirt at the future Hoxton Chicago site.

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Hoxton Chicago render from Ennismore.

Heneghan Wrecking has finished making space at 832 West Lake Street in the West Loop, where Grant Park Packing and Vaia Auto once stood. The bare dirt lot stands ready for the impending arrival of the Hoxton Chicago, a 175-room boutique hotel from London-based developer of the Hoxton brand, Ennismore, with Shapack Partners. Designed by GREC Architects, the Hoxton Chicago needs only a building permit to get started. ** And there it is!**

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The permit was issued Wednesday, June 21.

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The Stalworth Underground caisson rig is getting ready to roll. And drill.

Power Construction will be the general contractor. The arrival of a Stalworth Underground caisson rig gives a strong clue as to who will be performing foundation work. **Thursday morning, and that caisson rig is being set upright, ready for work. It’s show time for the Hoxton Chicago.

Hoxton Chicago will begin where Grant Park Packing ends

At 832 West Lake Street in the West Loop, a crew from Heneghan Wrecking has begun making space for the new Hoxton Chicago hotel. Work started Monday (the demolition permit was issued way back in December) on the old meat-packing facility, and the slo-mo video above, courtesy of a CTA Green Line train, shows progress on tearing apart the upper level.

As reported in January, the Hoxton Chicago will be a 175-room boutique hotel from London-based developer of the Hoxton brand, Ennismore, and West Loop stalwart Shapack Partners. Chicago’s very own GREC Architects took care of the design. We may have to wait for the new building permits before we know who the general contractor will be.

 

 

Grant Park Packing Company building heads to slaughter

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Vaia Inc and Grant Park packing will soon be no more.

Bid farewell to yet another Meat Packing District stalwart, as the development frenzy in the West Loop continues to gobble up everything in its path.

Construction fences surround properties at 850 and 842 West Lake Street, the homes of Grant Park Packing Company and Vaia, Inc. Auto, as Heneghan Wrecking prepares to act on the demolition permit filed by the City of Chicago back on December 7. The site has been rumored to be the new home of a hotel from Shapack Partners.

**** UPDATE: Rumor no more. GREC Architects confirms their involvement in designing the 175-room Hoxton Chicago, a hotel to be built at the corner of Lake and Green Streets. You can see a rendering of the Hoxton Chicago below from Ennismore, the London-based developer of the Hoxton brand.

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