May at the topped out and dazzling One Bennett Park

One Bennett Park May 2018

One Bennett Park, seen from the Adler Planetarium.

Admittedly, I often lose interest in new construction once the tower crane comes down. Not just because I’m obsessed with tower cranes, but because when the crane comes down, it signals the end of visible work from the exterior of a building.

There are also those projects that rise so high, it’s hard to see what’s going on, even when they *do* still have their cranes. Case in point: One Bennett Park in Streeterville. I have been neglecting this magnificent tower lately on this blog. I’ve still been taking photos of it, but it’s hard to mark progress on a tower as tall, and as close to completion, as One Bennett Park.

The following gallery represents random pictures taken throughout the month of May, from close-up, far away, and in between. One Bennett Park has an amazing presence already from Adler Planetarium; that’s my favorite view. (I’ve yet to see it from the lake; boats aren’t really my thing.) Enjoy.

After 18 months of labor, the tower crane comes down at 465 North Park

465 North Park April 2018

A tower crane at half-mast; you know a tower is nearing completion.

465 North Park

Remember when the stub photobombed groundbreaking ceremony? (Photo courtesy 465 North Park)

A year and a half after being put into service above Streeterville, the tower crane at 465 North Park came down last week. Power Construction used it to erect the 48-story, 444-unit apartment tower by Pappageorge Haymes Partners for Jupiter Realty, but with the exterior topped out and glazed, it’s time to concentrate on getting interiors ready for the anticipated opening later this year.

You can reminisce about tower crane assembly at this link, then check out the gallery of the crane coming down below.

 

 

 

Progress Update: The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center

Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center April 2018

The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center, at 303 East Superior Street in Streeterville.

My apologies in advance for not making it here in nicer weather. This curvy-on-one-side glass beauty deserves to be viewed under blue skies.

Gone are the two tower cranes that held court atop the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center that Northwestern University is building in Streeterville. Power Construction has been hard at work on this one since ground was broken back in May 2015. Designed by Perkins+Will, the exterior looks nearly complete, while interior work continues, with the goal of a late-2018 opening.

One Bennett Park nears the top

With that Instagram photo, One Bennett Park  posted a selfie and announced last week that Lendlease crews have reached to within five floors of topping out the 69-story residential tower.

The Related Midwest project is combined design of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and GREC Architects, bringing a mix of 348 apartments and condominiums to the Streeterville neighborhood. Completion is scheduled for 2019 move-ins, so there’s still a lot of work to be done. But topping out soon will be a big milestone, even if it means the beginning of the end for One Bennett Park’s two pretty, yellow tower cranes.

Even at night, 465 North Park is still topped out

Because it’s tradition in some parts of the world — a tradition I just invented — to celebrate the topping out of a building three times, here are more photos of the newly-topped 465 North Park. This time, taken on a gorgeous Chicago fall evening that felt like spring. Enjoy.

aLoft Chicago Mag Mile adds some glass as it rises in Streeterville

aLoft Chicago Mag Mile

Fresh glass at the aLoft Chicago Mag Mile in Streeterville.

Don’t look now (you can look when we get to the photo gallery) but Tishman has the *aLoft Chicago Mag Mile nearing the top (on or about the 15th floor, I’d say) of its 18-story goal at 243 East Ontario in Streeterville. And as if that wouldn’t be enough of a milestone, they’ve also started installing glass, on level 3 of the Valerio Dewalt Train-designed hotel.

When completed next winter, the aLoft Chicago Mag Mile will open 336 new guest rooms to Chicago’s most vibrant shopping neighborhood.

*Looks like I’ve been spelling it wrong all this time. “aLoft” – little ‘a’ big ‘L’