Twitter introduces Chicago’s two newest tower cranes

Chicago started 2018 with 30 tower cranes in the air. Now, that number of 2018 cranes has risen to 32.

Recent tweets from Twitter users @WestLoopTom and @TheBigGreenW introduced me to the two latest cranes, at Hayden West Loop and Wolf Point East, respectively. For Walsh Construction, WPE marks their second currently operating crane in Chicago, along with 1326 South Michigan. Also celebrating their second crane is Macon Construction over at Hayden.

You can see the tweeted photos of the pretty yellow Liebherr cranes below:

🏗 Chicago rings in 2018 with 30 tower cranes on the skyline 🏗

Belmont Village

W.E. O’Neil’s tower crane at Belmont Village (700 West Fullerton) was the 62nd and final crane erected in Chicago in 2017.

Chicago had 62 tower cranes in the air during 2017. 2018 starts out with 30 of them. Sure, there are a bunch of jobs in the pipeline that will require a crane, but erecting 32 more of them to tie our record seems unlikely. But we can hope, right? Records are made to be broken, after all.

Let’s take a look at our initial 30 for 2018:

New since December 2017 count:

  1. Belmont Village (700 West Fullerton)

Gone since December 2017:

  1. Moxy Hotel
  2. Old Town Park
  3. Illume Chicago

Coming soon:

  1. Hayden West Loop (1109 West Washington – permit issued 09/07; stub planted)
  2. Wolf Point East (343 West Wolf Point Plaza – permit issued 11/20)

    Hayden West Loop stub

    Hayden West Loop, likely to be the first tower crane erected in 2018.

Who has tower cranes?

  1. Lendlease – 8
  2. Power Construction – 6
  3. McHugh Construction – 5
  4. W.E. O’Neil – 3
  5. 8 companies have one tower crane apiece: Walsh (1326 South Michigan); Centaur (Nobu Hotel); Leopardo (210 North Carpenter); Tishman (aLoft Chicago Mag Mile); Linn-Mathes – Wicker Park Connection); Macon Construction (No. 508); DLG Development (3833 North Broadway); M.A. Mortenson (Home2 Suites River North)

Where are they?

  1. West Loop – 6
  2. South Loop – 6
  3. Streeterville – 5
  4. Lake View – 3
  5. Lincoln Park – 3
  6. Lakeshore East – 2
  7. River North – 2
  8. Three neighborhoods have one tower crane each: Gold Coast (No. 9 Walton); Wicker Park (Wicker Park Connection; Uptown (Eight Eleven Uptown)

What are they building?

  1. Residential – 22
  2. Hotel – 6
  3. Medical – 1 (Simpson Querrey)
  4. Office – 1 (210 North Carpenter)

 

📸 The Year in Pictures: All 62 Chicago Tower Cranes of 2017 🏗

 

Chicago had 62 tower cranes in 2017Chicago closes 2017 having had a record 62 tower cranes operating across the skyline throughout the year. Before 2018 takes over, let’s recap them all.

Who had tower cranes in 2017?

  1. Power Construction – 13
  2. Lendlease – 13
  3. McHugh Construction – 11
  4. Linn-Mathes – 4
  5. Walsh Construction – 3
  6. W.E. O’Neil – 3
  7. Clark Construction – 2
  8. 13 companies had one tower crane in 2017: Pepper Construction (Moxy Hotel); Macon Construction (No. 508); Centaur Construction (Nobu Hotel); Onni Group (Old Town Park); Optima (Optima Signature); M.A. Mortenson Company (Home2 Suites River North); Norcon (Illume Chicago); Bulley-Andrews (DePaul School of Music); Clayco (Cook County Central Campus Health Center); Novak Construction (171 Aberdeen); Leopardo Companies (210 North Carpenter); Tishman (aLoft Chicago Mag Mile); DLG  (3833 North Broadway)

Where were they?

  1. West Loop – 13
  2. South Loop – 11
  3. River North – 9
  4. Streeterville – 8
  5. Lincoln Park – 5
  6. Lake View – 4
  7. Near North – 2
  8. Gold Coast – 2
  9. Lakeshore East – 2
  10. Six neighborhoods had one crane each in 2017 – The Loop (151 North Franklin); Illinois Medical District (Cook County Central Campus Health Center); Uptown (Eight Eleven Uptown); Hyde Park (Solstice on the Park); River West (Spoke); Wicker Park (Wicker Park Connection)

What were they building?

  1. Residential – *40.5
  2. Hotel – 10
  3. Office – *5.5
  4. Medical – 3
  5. There was one Church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Meetinghouse) one School (DePaul School of Music) and one Commercial building (The Apple Store)

* One crane built Hubbard 221 (residential) and 412 North Wells (office) hence the half-crane in those two categories. The two tower cranes at Vista Tower are building residences and a hotel, so one crane goes to each of those two categories.

And now, photographs of all our 2017 Chicago Tower Cranes:

The tower crane comes down from Illume Chicago

That’s all she wrote #chicago . #cranelife #lookingupatcranes #chasing_cranes

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We told you last week that Illume Chicago had topped out over in the West Loop. And topping out always means certain doom for tower cranes. Sure enough, over this past weekend the crane came down from the construction site at 111 South Peoria. We all got an up-close look from Instagram user @skyboom150 that you see above.

Then first thing Monday morning, Twitter user @WestLoopTom tweeted the photo below, showing the tower crane has been completely removed. Here’s hoping it finds another gig soon.

Chicago’s 62nd (and final?) tower crane of 2017 is up at Belmont Village

Belmont Village tower crane

This shiny red tower crane is ready to lift heavy stuff at Belmont Village.

Unless you’re a big Tunch Ilkin fan, the number 62 might not mean all that much to you. But it’s somewhat of a landmark here in Chicago, as we’ve reached 62 tower cranes for the year.

And while we still have a stub planted in the ground (at Hayden West Loop) we don’t have a date on that tower crane going up, so Belmont Village may very well be our final tower crane of the year.

Chicago surpassed its all-time high (heh — high) in tower cranes back in September, when the Mayor’s office announced we’d erected our 54th crane of the year. But we didn’t stop there.

The crane at Belmont Village, the 7-story senior living facility being built at 700 West Fullerton, marks the third tower crane for The Lincoln Common, GC W.E. O’Neil, and for Lincoln Park. They make a handsome trio.

If indeed this is our final tower crane of 2017, it deserves a big photo gallery of assembly. So here you go, taken over the course of three days (Dec 6-8)

Belmont Village hides a tower crane stub in Lincoln Park

Belmont Village tower crane stub

Deep down, that’s a very nice tower crane stub at 700 West Fullerton for the Belmont Village project.

It’s there, the tower crane stub that will soon grow into W.E. O’Neil’s third tower crane at The Lincoln Common development on the old Children’s Memorial Hospital site in Lincoln Park. But you have look hard.

The red stub is planted along the east side of the new Belmont Village senior living site, along Orchard Street, at 700 West Fullerton. But it’s rooted so deep into the foundation that, until the rest of the crane is erected, it goes largely unnoticed.

We expect the tower crane to be erected in full this week, which would make it our 33rd active tower crane in Chicago, and #62 for 2017.

🏗 Chicago begins meteorological winter (December) with 32 tower cranes on the job 🏗

32 December Chicago tower cranes

A few of Chicago’s 32 tower cranes, as we head into the winter months.

As the calendar turns toward another dreaded Chicago winter, it’s time for another Chicago Tower Crane Survey.

Chicago currently has 32 tower cranes in the air around town.The further crane north remains Eight Eleven Uptown. But with this week’s removal of the triple-branded Hilton Hotels at McCormick Place, our new southern-most tower crane is now 1326 South Michigan. And that’s not very far south. Now, for the statistics.

New since November’s count:

  1. Home2 Suites River North (110 West Huron)
  2. Renelle on the River (403 North Wabash)
  3. 3833 North Broadway

Gone since November’s count:

  1. Simpson Querrey North Crane (303 East Superior)
  2. McDonald’s HQ West Crane (110 North Carpenter)
  3. Triple-branded Hilton Hotels (123 East Cermak)

Coming soon:

  1. Hayden West Loop (1109 West Washington – permit issued 09/07; stub planted)
  2. The Bentham (146 West Erie; permit issued 09/11)
  3. Belmont Village (700 West Fullerton – permit issued 11/15)
  4. Wolf Point East (343 West Wolf Point Plaza – permit issued 11/20)

Who has tower cranes:

  1. Lendlease – 8
  2. Power Construction – 6
  3. McHugh Construction – 5
  4. W.E. O’Neil – 2
  5. 11 construction companies have a single tower crane: Walsh (1326 South Michigan); Centaur (Nobu Hotel); Leopardo (210 North Carpenter); Pepper (Moxy Hotel); Tishman (aLoft Chicago Mag Mile); Onni Group (Old Town Park); Norcon (Illume Chicago); Linn-Mathes – Wicker Park Connection); Macon Construction (No. 508); DLG Development (3833 North Broadway, Chicago’s newest tower crane, and our 61st of 2017); M.A. Mortenson (Home2 Suites River North)

Where are they:

  1. West Loop – 7
  2. South Loop – 6
  3. Streeterville – 5
  4. Lake View – 3
  5. River North – 3
  6. Lincoln Park – 2
  7. New Eastside – 2
  8. Four neighborhoods have one tower crane apiece: Gold Coast (not Australia – No. 9 Walton); Near North (Old Town Park); Wicker Park (Wicker Park Connection; Uptown (Eight Eleven Uptown)

What are they building:

  • Residential – 23
  • Hotel – 7
  • Office – 1
  • Medical – 1

Here are Chicago’s 32 tower cranes, as of December 1, 2017:

Fun Fact: The 7 West Loop tower cranes were photographed from the same spot on the Washington Street Bridge. Didn’t even have to move my feet.