Construction Update
Ontario Street Tower Crane Makes its Smashing Debut

“What’s that?” you say. “Don’t tower cranes generally erect things rather than smash them to pieces? You’re confusing a tower crane with a wrecking-ball crane.”

You got us there. We were having some fun with our words. In actuality, what recently appeared in the sky above 228 East Ontario Street in Streeterville is the tower crane tasked with helping create the new SmasHotel. To wit, here’s the permit from the City of Chicago (from August!):

PHASE 1 FOUNDATION DESIGN FOR THE INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF A MANITOWOC MR415 TEMPORARY TOWER CRANE, AS PER PLANS.

Designed by Chicago firm Koo and Associates, the new SmasHotel will feature 198 rooms over 22 stories. As you can see in the photos below, there are several sections of crane to be assembled, so expect it to get a bit taller in the coming days.

Location: 228 East Ontario Street, Streeterville

Author: Daniel Schell

Daniel Schell is a West Loop social media addict who lives for Cubs baseball, good pizza, and big cities. If you bump into him on the street, it's likely because he's taking photos instead of watching where he's going, and he apologizes.

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