There’s no mistaking Gild Chicago

Now THIS is how you brand your building during construction.

Stellar signage atop Gild leaves no doubt as to what’s being built as you look up Rush Street to State.

I’m not quite sure what constitutes the second floor here, but that may very well be the underside of the 12th floor Power Construction is working on. That would darn near top out this 12-story apartment development.

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A verticality update at Gild Chicago

What’s up, Eli!

Gold Coast’s lone tower crane continues sending Gild skyward at State and Division. The future 12-story, 89-unit apartment building from Newcastle Limited had reached the sixth level when I stopped by last weekend.

Gild is a design by CallisonRTKL. Power Construction is on the build.

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A Sears Tower Tower Crane Survey

Visits to Skydeck aren’t quite back to pre-pandemic normal. I usually go up there and spend a couple hours taking pictures of everything I see. Three times. Can’t do that anymore. So I got what I could remember I wanted to get.

Like tower cranes. Some of them, anyway.

One of the secrets to taking photos from Skydeck is avoiding the bad windows. Much of what looks like smooth, clear glass will distort your pictures. Short on time, I failed to be selective. I also failed to be prepared.

You’ll see what I mean.

Clarendale Six Corners is missing; it’s too far away. I also tried to see the tower crane in Oak Park, but had no luck. Oh for a tripod, more time, and something ridiculous like a 1000mm zoom lens.

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Gild Chicago levels up

Gild Chicago

No more hiding below the fenceline for Gild Chicago.

Crews were pouring concrete on the second floor Thursday for the 12-story tower. If you were stuck in traffic in the Gold Coast neighborhood for 45 seconds, this is the reason. Those see-ment mixers don’t have a whole lot of maneuvering room at State and Division, but kudos to the Power Construction guys for keeping cars and pedestrians moving thru with minimal delays. A well-oiled machine, they are.

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🏗 May begins in Chicago with 11 tower cranes in the air 🏗

Remember that era of 30-something tower cranes?

Where are our tower cranes?

  • West Loop – 4
  • River North – 2
  • One each in: The Loop (320 South Canal); West Town (1454 West Randolph); Portage Park (Clarendale Six Corners); Gold Coast (Gild); Illinois Medical District (IL Health)

What are they building?

  • Residential – 5.5 (300 North Michigan is half res/half hotel
  • Office – 4
  • Medical – 1 (IL Health)
  • Hotel – .5 (300 North Michigan)

Who has tower cranes?

  • Power Construction – 6
  • 5 GCs with one each: Ryan Companies (Clarendale Six Corners): Clark Construction (320 South Canal); Skender (609 West Randolph); Walsh Construction (Salesforce Tower); Pepper Construction (UI Health)

We still have a stub only at 2050 West Ogden. 354 North Union has begun caisson work; that should be getting a tower crane permit any day now. 1000M, 320 South Clinton, 345 North Morgan, and 178 West Randolph still have outstanding tower-crane permits.


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Gild starts to peek above fence level

Gild Chicago, 1210 N. State Parkway

Progress is beginning to show above the fence line at Gild in the Gold Coast neighborhood. There might not be much to see yet, but thanks to the power of a tower crane, soon there’ll be 12 stories to peruse, and rent, if you’d like.

First Visit: Gild gets underway in the Gold Coast neighborhood

Gild Chicago March 2021

Gild, at State and Division in Gold Coast, is underway.

A bunch of short stuff was demolished to make room for a not-as-short apartment building at 1210 North State.

Gild is coming to Gold Coast. This 12-story, 89-unit apartment building from Newcastle Limited will also include nearly 18,000 square feet of retail space. It is a design by CallisonRTKL, and is being built by Power Construction.