Fun Fact: The crane at Rush University Medical Center’s Joan and Paul Rubschlager Building is the westernmost tower crane currently at work in Chicago. Nope, 1520 West Harrison ain’t all that far west, but it’s the winner. Everything happening cranewise in this town is east of Ashland Avenue.
Funner Fact: Until the stub at 1000M grows into a full-fledged tower crane, and/or the tower crane at 1277 East 60th in Woodlawn is erected, the Rubschlager Building is also Chicago’s southernmost crane, now that 717 South Clark is craneless. Your mind is blown, right?
March 2 marked the third time in nine days I’ve walked around One Chicago Square, snapping photos and marveling at the progress. Not sure what you do one your days off, but now you know where to find me when I have some spare time. I’ll do you a favor and not post every one of them, but there are a lot of pictures. Good news is, you don’t have to click through them until you really feel you’re ready.
Last week, the Chicago Plan Commission unanimously approved a zoning change for The Mason:
The Applicant is proposing to rezone the property from the current Planned Development #1384 to Planned Development #1384, as amended, to allow for a restaurant and tavern use to be established on the ground floor.
Helping move Restaurant Row further west in the West Loop is a good thing for hungry Chicagoans.
180 North Ada
Power Construction has everything they need to send 180 North Ada vertical.
180 North Ada, seen here from a Green Line train, has begun digging in to the West Loop.
Assembly of a tower crane at 3300 North Clark began last week, and as of the weekend, there’s almost a tower crane on Power Construction’s site. For now, it looks more like the Washington Monument than a monument to heavy lifting, but no doubt it’ll be operational within the next few days. And then the eight-story Panorama residential development from Blitzlake Partners and bKL Architecture can start rising off the ground.
Today we have another Power Construction topping-out tweet to lead us into a progress update.
West End on Fulton is a 14-story office building form Trammel Crow Company. Designed by ESG Architecture & Design, it’s testing the western limits of the West Loop at 1375 West Fulton. The east façade lies up against Ogden Avenue, my personal unofficial West Loop boundary. Scheduled to open in the first quarter of this year, West End will deliver 285,000 square feet of rentable office space, while also including the sorts of top-notch amenities you’d expect to see in new residential construction.
Before you ogle photos, here’s a sweet pdf that will learn ya everything you need to know about West End on Fulton.
I could be wrong, but it appears the tower crane is working on the cofferdam, while the steel is being erected by the rolling crane. (Rolling crane? Street crane? What should I be calling those things?) Whatever they’re called, and whichever is doing what, this dynamic crane duo is piling iron atop iron as the Rubschlager begins its 10-story journey.
Just a day after I posted about not making it to 2111 South Wabash in time to snap the tower crane, Robert Burke comes along and fills my inbox with photos. Crane going up, crane coming down, crane building a building, the whole sequence. Thank you, Robert!