Construction Update
A Crane in its Place

Hilton Garden Inn under construction

A new crane has gone up on the tiny block-and-a-half-long street known as East Wacker Place, and until just a few years ago known as East South Water Street.

For those of you abnormally into cranes (you know who you are), it’s a Palfinger PSM 200-8.  The tower is Linden Comansa.

Loop Spy Ryan sent in this photo of the crane rising at number 66, where GDS Companies is putting up a 26-atorty Hilton Garden Inn.  This will be a “limited service” hotel, with almost all of its budget-minded clientele expected to arrive by mass transit, so it won’t contribute too much to the already clogged traffic on the short street that will soon sport four hotels and a big-name steakhouse.

GREC Architects is the name behind the design.  You may remember GREC from such nearby hotels as the Hotel Palomar, the Amalfi Hotel and the Streeterville Embassy Suites.

Location: 66 East Wacker Place, The Loop


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Author: Editor

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