ALLY at 1229 W Concord glasses up the joint

That shiny, reflective stuff that’s begun to appear on the skin of ALLY at 1229 W Concord? That’s glass. Curtain wall. Cladding. Call it what you will, but it’s great to see, ain’t it?

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The ALLY tower crane has come down

Chicago’s favorite unofficial tower crane survey has dropped from 16 to 15, as the rig atop ALLY at 1229 W Concord has come down in the Lincoln Yards megadevelopment. The video above was taken from in inbound Metra train Tuesday. If you watch it in reverse, it looks like it was taken from an outbound train. Cool, right?

There’s good crane news on the horizon though, as 1044 West Van Buren, 160 North Morgan, Embry, 3501 North Halsted, and maybe 1475 North Kingsbury(?) all have crane permits, and have all begun construction.

ALLY at 1229 W Concord makes its presence known along the Chicago River

ALLY at 1229 W Concord on the rise along the Chicago River

ALLY at 1229 W Concord, Sterling Bay’s life sciences development (it’s at 1229 W Concord, as you may have already figured out) has reached full height. Next milestone is to wrap that bay up in glass and let it shine along the North Branch of the Chicago River.

Sunday wasn’t my first visit to ALLY; I stopped by as they were erecting the tower crane on November 9 of last year, but I’ll be darned if I haven’t lost all the photos from that day, save for a couple of them I tweeted.

ALLY at 1229 W Concord is a design by Gensler, with Power Construction acting as the general contractor and Adjustable Concrete Construction on concrete. It’s the first of lots more to come at Lincoln Yards, which should keep us construction nerds entertained for a long, long time. The nine-story, 280,000-square-foot facility will include seven lab floors and lower-level parking for 55 cars. Expect delivery next year.

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