Caisson Equipment Reports For Duty at One Bennett Park
Apr14

Caisson Equipment Reports For Duty at One Bennett Park

  As earth-moving machines continue to scrape, dig, and smooth things out at 451 East Grand Avenue in Streeterville, the next step in the process of building One Bennett Park has made an appearance on the construction site. Our Streeterville Spy Thomas dropped us a line that the first piece of Case Foundation equipment had arrived on site. That means caisson work is in the cards for the Robert A.M. Stern-designed masterpiece in...

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Marriott Marquis Makes Its Beds at McCormick Place
Apr14

Marriott Marquis Makes Its Beds at McCormick Place

It still doesn’t look like a hotel, yet, but work continues toward that very end on the Goettsch Partners-designed Marriott Marquis Chicago in the Prairie Avenue District. ** The 39-story hotel tower broke ground back in July. It’s bringing 1206 guest rooms and 90,000 square feet of meeting space to the expanding McCormick Place campus, perfect for visiting Big East teams playing DePaul at the McCormick Place Event Center...

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Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane
Apr14

Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane

Construction is far from over at the combined developments of Moment and Sienna Flats in Streeterville, but with the tower crane having been lowered and sent on to its next assignment, it’s easier to count down the days to completion than to count up the days from groundbreaking. Moment, the residential tower portion of the Golub project, is well over half-glassed. The 45-story tower will deliver 490 luxury apartments to 545...

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Committed To Higher Learning, DePaul Gets a Tower Crane Permit
Apr13

Committed To Higher Learning, DePaul Gets a Tower Crane Permit

There’s music in the air around the Lincoln Park neighborhood. And soon, construction materials will be up there as well: FOUNDATION DESIGN FOR THE INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF A MANTIOWOC MD485 TEMPORARY TOWER CRANE, AS PER PLANS. Those “plans” are for the new DePaul School of Music, on the campus of DePaul University. The tower crane permit, issued by the City of Chicago March 25th, means the school can start...

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McCormick Place Event Center Ups Its Game
Apr13

McCormick Place Event Center Ups Its Game

Clark Construction continues to take its game to the next level, as crews progress on the McCormick Place Event Center. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the 300,000-square-foot Event Center is just one part of the project to turn the McCormick Place campus into a major entertainment district, which includes adding hotel rooms, offices, and retail space to the Prairie Avenue District. (Or is it McCormick Square?) We’re...

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Simpson Querrey? or Simpson Quarry? Northwestern’s Deep Dig
Apr12

Simpson Querrey? or Simpson Quarry? Northwestern’s Deep Dig

With caisson work having wrapped up, crews have turned their attention to digging a foundation at the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine on Northwestern University‘s Chicago campus. Construction got underway in September at 333 East Superior Street, the former site of the old Prentice Women’s Hospital. The Simpson-Querrey Building, designed by Perkins + Will,  is being...

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Optima II Adds Touch of Glass to Streeterville
Apr11

Optima II Adds Touch of Glass to Streeterville

Add a partial row of glass curtain to the list of achievements at Part II of the Optima Chicago Center at 220 East Illinois Street in Streeterville. Optima’s own construction crews have been busy on this site since they started pushing dirt around way back in 2014. The Optima II project has a fun firehose to share with you: Developer – Optima Architect – David Hovey Architecture firm – Optima General Contractor...

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Amid Clutter of Construction, Wrigley Field Preps for Opener
Apr10

Amid Clutter of Construction, Wrigley Field Preps for Opener

As the Cubs head home to Chicago from their season-opening trip out west that saw them looking like they could easily outscore the Bears, crews at Wrigley Field were busy power-washing, sweeping, and dusting to get ready for Monday’s home opener. The 2015 season saw the Cubs open in a ballpark far behind schedule. The bleachers weren’t completely ready for fans’ backsides until June, and let’s not even talk...

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Slice of Life: Portillo’s (Chocolate-Cake) Shakes Up the South Loop
Apr09

Slice of Life: Portillo’s (Chocolate-Cake) Shakes Up the South Loop

We don’t normally get involved in stand-alone restaurant construction here at Chicago Architecture. But this isn’t a normal situation. This is about lunch. It’s about not having to settle for the 6,284 lunch options already available within walking distance (we take long lunch breaks around here) of our desks. This is about the South Loop getting its very first Portillo’s restaurant. If you have a beef with...

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First Paw Prints of Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Wolf Point South
Apr08

First Paw Prints of Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Wolf Point South

Hardly a fortnight goes by when we don’t receive an e-mail from someone seeking information on when we might see some activity on the skyscraper known as Wolf Point South. Apparently, having River Point and 150 North Riverside being built across the river isn’t enough for them. Since that little leftover bit of umbilical cord dried up and fell off of Wolf Point West, things just haven’t been the same around the...

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