There are piles of piles to drive at Embry

Piles o’ plies at Embry

Caissons are done, but foundation work continues for Embry at 21 North May in the West Loop. A 270-degree tour around the site last week shows piles have been driven into the ground, and a bunch more sat at the ready for their turn in the soil. That’s the firm of McHugh & McHugh (Construction & Concrete) on the job out there, getting this 16-story, 58-unit condo building from Sulo Development ready to go vertical. And remember, they’ll be getting a shiny yellow Liebherr tower crane soon, too.

Demolition is underway at Cassidy Tire, 344 North Canal

344 North Canal

Demolition of the former Cassidy Tire at 344 North Canal began last week. Atlas Industries is doing the demo work for McHugh Construction, who will build the new 344 North Canal residential tower on this site.

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3501 North Halsted (almost) has a tower crane

They say don’t count your chickens if the eggs are all in one basket. Or something to that effect. Whatever. Point is, maybe I shouldn’t call what 3501 North Halsted has a “tower crane” just yet. But we love cranes. We need cranes. So we’re counting this one as being up in the air, even if it’s (obviously) not functional yet. My trusty iPhone6 took some photos Tuesday afternoon so you wouldn’t have to.

Keeping up with 1000M

1000M is a little more than tree-height. Here’s proof.

Now that 1000M is back in business, we want to be sure not to miss much. So here’s another round of photos of construction progress, taken Sunday the 10th.

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Proof of caisson work abounds at Embry

Sure, if you’re a neighbor along the first block of North May Street, you can feel the progress (to which one friend has attested.) For the rest of us, the best way to find out if caisson work on Embry (21 N May St) has begun in the West Loop is to go take a look. We went. We saw. We photographed.

McHugh Construction and McHugh Concrete, general and concrete contractors, respectively, got the full permit to build on April 5. A demolition permit to get 25 North May out of the way was issued January 28. We’re hoping to see a tower crane permit any day now.

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Tower crane permit in hand, Howard Brown Health continues foundation work in Lake View

Rendering of Howard Brown Health Clinic at 3501 N Halsted from Eckenhoff Saunders Architects.

Howard Brown Health broke ground in March on a new clinic at 3501 North Halsted in Lake View. Together with Inland National Development Company, they’re building a five-story, 70,000sf facility that will include below-grade parking, a pharmacy and other retail and event space, offices, and a dental care clinic.

Surprisingly, and happily, though it’s just five stories tall, the Eckenhoff Saunders Architects-designed clinic will require a tower crane, which was permitted on March 28. The first building permit was issued on February 15. McHugh Construction and McHugh Concrete are handling general contractor and concrete contractor duties, respectively.

Per their above-cited press release, Howard Brown Health plans to open the new clinic in 2023. Meanwhile, foundation work is ongoing.

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Embry begins construction in the West Loop

A sea of rebar waits to be sunk into the earth at Embry.

I could tell the start of Embry was imminent over at 21 North May Street in the West Loop when I walked by Sunday. All the equipment was on hand for caissons, and rebar cages were made. Seemed to me all that was needed was a foundation permit.

Well, a little birdie tells me caissons are a-drillin’ as of this morning. That same birdie also says an entirely separate birdie says the permit was issued this morning. It all adds up. Embry is here.

Embry is being built by Sulo Development, which delivered Hayden West Loop just around the corner. As mentioned, I haven’t seen the foundation permit yet, but it doesn’t take a genius to see McHugh Construction banners on site; they must be the general contractor. My guess is their concrete division is also handling the concrete chores, but I shouldn’t assume. Lamar Johnson Collaborative is the design architect. Their website says to expect 16 stories and 58 luxury condos, which Sulo plans on delivering in 2023.

Congrats, Embry team. Let’s go.

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🏗🏗🏗 We have three new tower cranes coming, Chicago 🏗🏗🏗

The City of Chicago has issued three new tower crane permits in the span of six days, the kind of growth spurt that warms hearts here at the B.U.C.

Rendering of 1044 West Van Buren by Antunovich Associates.

Last week, Tandem got a crane permit for 1044 West Van Buren. They’re building an 18-stort, 196-unit apartment tower designed by Antunovich Associates. Tandem will be their own general contractor, just as they were at Avra West Loop across the street.

Rendering of 3501 North Halsted by Eckenhoff Saunders.

Monday, Howard Brown Health got a crane permit for 3501 North Halsted. They’re building a five-story clinic with offices and a pharmacy designed by Eckenhoff Saunders. McHugh Construction is the general contractor.

Rendering of 160 North Morgan by bKL Architecture.

And Wednesday, Sterling Bay got a crane permit for 160 North Morgan. They’re building a 30-story, 282-unit apartment tower where that purple monster was for a few weeks back in 2020. bKL Architecture designed the tower, and Walsh Construction is the general contractor.

So, you know, LET’S GO!

A heartfelt Welcome Back to 1000M

McHugh Construction has picked up where they left off at 1000M.

The COVID pandemic, then some financial hardships, had us all a little worried about 1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue) but now the JAHN tower is back, craned, and in 3D mode in the South Loop. Welcome back indeed.

It’s had some tweaks; when the original iteration was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, the tower was to be 832′ high, with 506 dwelling units and 486 parking spaces. The new 73-story design, approved in June of last year, brings 738 apartments with 320 parking spaces.

McHugh Construction, which got foundation work underway late in 2019, got all the caisson work done and the tower crane stub planted, before COVID put a halt to work, and then things really hit the fan. But that’s ll in the past now, and 1000M is going vertical.

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A few photos at Platform 4611

Platform 4611 (4611 North Broadway) in Uptown is just a few blocks from home, and only a half-block out of the way of my commute to work and back. So I figured it was about time to lug the real camera out there and grab a few shots.

And remember, Stan’s stans, there will be donuts here soon.

McHugh Construction is the general contractor. According to their website, the nine-story Platform 4611 will consist of 200 rental apartments atop 10,000 square feet of retail space, with parking spots for 22 cars and 178 bikes.

Pappageorge Haymes Partners is the design architect.

The John Buck Company and Free Market Ventures are the developers.

The following photo gallery includes bonus coverage of redevelopment work at 1050 West Wilson next door.