167 Green Street drops its 2nd tower crane

The Banner waves as the West Tower Crane at 167 Green Street comes down.

With the removal of the second tower crane from 167 Green Street, Chicago now has no two-crane construction sites. There are a pair of three-crane jobs of course, at One Chicago Square and Cirrus/Cascade, but no pairs.

McDonald’s, Vista Tower, One Bennett Park, NEMA Chicago, Woodlawn Commons, and The Lincoln Common all recently utilized the double-tower-crane method to get stuff done. Now, 167 Green Street joins that list of completed missions.

Sunday, I took a quick walk around the West Loop site for one last look at the red Manitowoc MR608, affectionately known as West Crane, as crews worked on bringing it back to earth.

167 Green Street progresses, lands a tenant

167 Green Street, designed by Gensler.

Friday, Crain’s Chicago reported about a new tenant leaving The Loop for 167 Green Street in the West Loop. We thought we’d share that news with you, as it provides a nice segue into updating construction progress on the new 17-story office tower from Shapack Partners.

Construction Update: Soul City Church builds in the West Loop

Soul City Church

Soul City Church in the West Loop is building a three-story addition.

Soul City Church, at 1150 West Adams Street in the West Loop, filed a building permit with the City of Chicago back in October to complete a three-story addition next to the existing church. Now, Focus Construction has erected the steel work for the 45,000-square-foot addition. When finished this summer, it will include a new auditorium, office space for church staff, and covered parking.

Soul City Church gets a permit to add on in the West Loop

Soul City Church

Soul City Church sits at the corner of Adams Street and Racine Avenue.

Soul City Church, at 1150 West Adams Street, is ready to undertake a major expansion of its facilities in the West Loop.

Wednesday, a permit was filed for Soul City to build a three-story addition in the empty lot next door to the east, as well as make renovations to the existing church. The construction will add a multi-level auditorium, church offices, lobbies, even a roof terrace for use by the Soul City congregation.

Neighbors of the West Loop¬†was there when plans were presented back in June and has details of what’s to come now that the permit is filed, including Soul City’s plan to share use of its new addition with the neighboring community. Focus Construction will serve as the general contractor.

The Parker Fulton Market Rises in the West Loop

The Parker Fulton Market

The Parker Fulton Market, in the heart of the West Loop at 730 West Couch Place.

The Parker Fulton Market, at 730 West Couch Place (think corner of Halsted and Lake) in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, is a 29-story apartment tower designed by Chicago architecture firm Booth Hansen. The Parker is one of many West Loop projects currently in motion by Shapack Partners, one of a couple companies turning the area west of the Kennedy Expressway and east of Ogden Avenue into one of the hottest neighborhoods in town.

When completed next year, The Parker will deliver 227 rental units and 9,000 square feet of retail space. All within a stone’s throw of the increasingly-fabulous Restaurant Row of Randolph Street. Focus Construction crews started work on the tower back in March of 2015, and we’ve watched their progress from high atop the UpChicago office.

The Parker Fulton Market April 2015

Humble beginnings, April 2015. Including a tower crane embryo.

The Parker Fulton Market June 2015

By June of 2015, it was higher than the L tracks along Lake Street.

The Parker Fulton Market July 2015

July 2015, this time from the CTA platform at Morgan.

The Parker Fulton Market Aug 2015

In August, we got our first glimpse for the new UpChicago office.

The Parker Fulton Market Aug 2015 tower crane

And suddenly, we were towering over the tower crane itself.

The Parker Fulton Market Sept 2015

September 2015

The Parker Fulton Market Oct 2015

Aglow at night, October 2015

The Parker Fulton Market Nov 2015

November 2015, and a big step in the growing-up process: her first glass is installed.

The Parker Fulton Market Dec 2015

The Parker Fulton Market topped out in December, and the tower crane came down.

The Parker Fulton Market Jan 2016

All lit up for the new year. January 2016.

The Parker Fulton Market Jan 2016 hole

That hole is there on purpose. For a fire pit on the rooftop deck.

The Parker Fulton Market Feb 2016

In early February, they glassed in the top floor.

The Parker Fulton Market March 2016

Late March, and the gap is closing.

The Parker Fulton Market April 2016

April fools? No, just the construction workers who do what has to be done. April 2016.

The Parker Fulton Market May 2016

May 2016. All glassed in.