As 170 North Halsted braces for demolition, a clue as to the lot’s future?

170 North Halsted demolition

Stellar Fulton Market map on the (doomed) wall of 170 North Halsted Street.

Rampant speculation around my own desk pegs the demolition of a three-story building at 170 North Halsted in the West Loop as part of the office building coming next door, in the parking lot at Halsted and Lake Streets. And now, some signage may help clarify. Of course, it also may not.

176 N Halsted

Over on the north face, a sign for the forthcoming 176 N Halsted.

On the south elevation of 170 North Halsted is a (fantastic!) hand-drawn map of the Fulton Market District. Around the other side, facing north, is a banner for a future 15-story office tower, 176 N Halsted. This will be a joint effort from Shapack Partners and Focus Development, designed by GREC Architects.

Let’s take the leap and assume that banner means 170 North Halsted will be incorporated into 176 N Halsted once Heneghan Wrecking makes space. Or maybe it’s just a convenient place to hang a sign.


Demolition Update: Grant Park Packing gives way to the Hoxton Chicago

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Caisson work is underway at Nobu Hotel. For real this time

Nobu Hotel caissons

You can’t tell me that ain’t a big ole caisson rig, and it’s hard at work at the Nobu Hotel.

This time I’m certain. A caisson rig used for drilling caissons is drilling caissons at the Nobu Hotel site in the West Loop. It’s not a “quad sheet press,” like the one I misidentified back in March. Nope, this is for real. There’s a big red Revcon rig, digging holes. Plus, there are all those augers and, you know, caisson equipment.

The Nobu Hotel is coming to the Fulton Market neighborhood courtesy of Nobu Hospitality. The 11-story, 119-room hotel features designs by Modif Architecture and Studio K. Centaur Construction of West Lake Street is the general contractor. (The Big Green W will be here doing masonry work.)


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.



As it approaches completion, a big day for Fulton West

Fulton West

Way out at the west end of the Fulton Market District (I know, it’s practically the suburbs, right?) Sterling Bay’s Fulton West, a 290,000-square-foot office building designed by Gensler, is moving steadily toward its scheduled April 2017 opening. The nine-story building, a combination of new construction and renovation to an existing structure, will also include more than 600 parking spaces and 20,000 square feet of green space.

And though the photos that follow may look gloomy, that was only the weather. Thursday was a bright, cheery day for Fulton West, as Crain’s Chicago reported that Dyson, the company famous for the swiveling vacuum you’ve seen on television, has signed on to lease almost 41,000 square feet of Fulton West space. Dyson currently resides at 600 West Chicago Avenue, and, as mentioned by Ryan Ori at Crain’s, would make the move by the end of the year.

So if there appears to be a little extra sparkle in the cladding around Fulton West, now you understand why. See for yourself, in the photos below showing how far Leopardo Construction has progressed on the project.

Grant Park Packing Company building heads to slaughter

832 West Lake

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.

Hoxton Chicago

Construction Update: Blue Plate Catering

Blue Plate Catering

Progress continues in the Fulton Market District on the new Blue Plate Catering facility.

Way off in the outer reaches of the Fulton Market District, Blue Plate Catering continues working on a recipe for its new facility. The caterer is leaving the current site at 1061 West Van Buren once construction has wrapped up on the three-story project that will house its corporate offices, the catering kitchen, and a commercial commissary. The design is by Jonathan Splitt Architects. 41 North Contractors of Lisle, IL is the general contractor.

Could Blue Plate be getting new neighbors just across Fulton Street? It’s already being built right next to Fulton West, and Wednesday morning, Ryan Ori of Crain’s Chicago Business reported that a new 18-story, 300-unit apartment building is proposed for 1375 West Fulton. Stay tuned. This quiet section of the far West Loop is no longer so quiet.

Construction Update: Fulton West adds glass

Fulton West glass

Fulton West, now with windows installed.

Fulton West, the nine-story, 290,00-square-foot office building from Sterling Bay, has reached another milestone in the West Loop. And since it’s also reached its full height, that means the tower crane’s days at 1330 West Fulton are numbered.

Leopardo Construction crews have been installing glass along the south facing of the part renovation, part new construction project. Designed by Gensler, the development will include 600 parking spots, plus 20,000 square feet of green space. Sterling Bay plans to have Fulton West open in Spring 2017.

Ironwork as artwork at 312 North Carpenter

312 North Carpenter

The artwork of ironwork, at 312 North Carpenter.

New York City’s Madison Capital is renovating its three-story building at 312 North Carpenter in the Fulton Market District. And while the front still looks like an old brick facade in desperate need of some fixing up, the rear of the building is nothing short of an iron work of art.

LG Construction is the general contractor for the 312 project, designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, which includes some demolition work of the building next door at 328 North Carpenter, allowing 312 to be more accessible for renovation. (Madison Capital owns both properties.) A permit was filed back in February to, and I quote (copy, actually…)


**Some emergency demo work was necessary back in September when a large portion at the back of the structure collapsed (see the DNAInfo story here.)**