Get ready for Embry in the West Loop

This lot in the first block of North May Street could soon be replaced by Embry. That building is already demolished. (2016 photo)

Around the corner from their Hayden West Loop condo building, Sulo Development is looking to begin the next iteration for the same West Loop block.

Embry will be a 58-unit condominium development, about 16 stories tall, designed by Lamar Johnson Collaborative. You can use this link to see the Linkedin introduction they posted.

Not many details yet, but renderings are available on its website, and it’s replacing a really ugly lot, so yay on all fronts so far. Plus, the website attributes James McHugh Construction as the general contractor, and we *really* need to see them with a tower crane in the air again.

Video screengrab showing the Embry model.


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Darn Near Done: 448 North LaSalle

Click on this link for 448 North LaSalle and enjoy the drone footage.

Midwest Property Group’s 12-story, 175,00-square-foot office building should start welcoming tenants in the fall. In the meantime, the exterior of the Lamar Johnson Collaborative-designed tower looks complete. Lendlease is the general contractor.

Took me long enough to realize Triangle Square is a big deal

Coming soon: Condos and apartments at Triangle Square.

I used to take a semi-weekly walk from Wilson & Ashland in Uptown down to Grand & Ashland. I walked past construction behind the Mariano’s at Webster Ave. all the time, but never ventured the extra block west to check out Triangle Square. “No tower crane? Can’t be much to see” I thought.

Dang, this is a big development. Condos on one side (1701 West Webster), apartments on the other (2155 North Elston.) Plus retail space. And lots of developers, architects, and general contractors.

Triangle Square is a joint development from Belgravia Group (condos) and Lennar Multifamily (apartments.) Design architects are Lamar Johnson Collaborative (apartments) and Sullivan, Goulette & Wilson.

Power Construction (apartments) and Maris Construction (condos) are on the builds.

Yeah, I’m confused too. Remember, I walked past this site without looking for more than a year, So for a professional breakdown of what’s what, I put you in the fine hands of Urbanize Chicago. And then, photos.

448 North LaSalle hangs a tower crane

448 North LaSalle got its tower crane on the March 2020 Chicago Tower Crane Survey just under the wire, getting it the air the 29th of February. Maybe it didn’t lift anything that day, or Sunday, or even Monday, which is Casimir Pulaski Day around these parts. But it still counts, because 18 is a relatively low number for cranes in Chicago, and we need to count as many as we can get.

So how about a few photos of a freshly-planted golden tower crane:

448 North LaSalle got its tower crane stub, and it doesn’t disappoint

You can’t hide from me.

Looks like the crew from Pepper Construction, the concrete contractor at 448 North LaSalle, was busy this past week. Just as we hoped, they’ve got a tower crane stub in the ground to get Midwest Property Group’s 13-story office building going vertical.

Lendlease is the general contractor on 448 North LaSalle. Generally, we only shout-out the GC for tower crane cred here. But since tower cranes are what we care most about, aside from a nice hot breakfast, it’s been decided the concrete crews should get a lil more love, too.

Back to stubs. This ain’t no ordinary stub. In fact, in my short construction-obsessed existence, I don’t remember seeing a tower crane planted with more that one section of tower before. Comparatively, this one’s huge. And yellow. She’s gonna be a pretty one when she grows up.

iPhone only for this visit. That fencing is high and tight. (That means I couldn’t get the real camera over or through.)

With caisson work complete, 448 North LaSalle goes on tower crane watch

Rendering of 448 North LaSalle from its website.

Did you blink? Then you might have missed caisson work at 448 North LaSalle. Revcon got out there, got at it, and got out already, leaving a clean site on which to start construction for Midwest Property Group’s 12-story, 175,00 sf office building. Now Lendlease can get to work on going vertical.

When this lot first starting showing signs of action, workers from Pepper Construction were on scene starting site prep. Pepper is also listed in the foundation permit as the masonry contractor. I think, in this case, that means they’re handling concrete duties.

According to 448’s brand-spankin’ new website, MPG plans to have offices open to tenants before 2020 is over.

So how about an eclectic collection of site photos from the month of February, right up through Sunday’s snow-covered, waiting-for-a-tower-crane empty lot:

 

Uncraning Day at Fulton East

NOPE

The tower crane at Fulton East has done its duty, and is on the way down. I was happy to see I wasn’t the only standing out in the West Loop Monday watching and taking photos of the crane being disassembled. It’s not even about the crane; it’s more about the folks standing out on that thing, 16 miles above the surface of the earth. Kudos, guys. You’ll never have to worry about me trying to get up there and stealing your jobs.

Midwest Property Group has a foundation permit for 448 North LaSalle

Who knows what the actual address will be, but in the follow-up to a tower crane permit being issued (way back in November) for 151 West Illinois Street in River North, a foundation permit was issued Wednesday for 448 North LaSalle. That permit allows for construction to begin through the first three levels of a 13-story building. The developer, Midwest Property Group, uses 430 North LaSalle as the address here, so we now have three different physical addresses related to this build.

I *think* this is going to be an office building, with retail space at street level. If so, ride to work, don’t drive. You’ll be able to park 40 or so of your bikes here, but no cars.

Lamar Johnson Collaborative is the design architect on 151/430/448. Lendlease is the GC. Crews have already been busy with site prep, tearing apart what used to be a dreaded surface parking lot.

Here’s a very clumsily-copied rendering I lifted from the pdf Alderman Reilly’s office shared with the public back in March.

Fulton East is a first-glass act at 215 North Peoria

Fulton East January 2020

New glass adorns Fulton East, at 215 North Peoria in the West Loop.

The glass has arrived at the topped-out Fulton East in the West Loop. (That’s right, east is west.) Fulton East is a 12-story office building being built by Clayco, and designed by Lamar Johnson Collaborative.

The developer, according to the permit issued by the City of Chicago and the construction banner on site, is “Peoria Green Owner, LLC.” That entity, according to Crain’s, appears to be Parkside Realty.