Construction Update
Fifty Floors and Still Rising at One Bennett Park

One of our favorite construction projects of 2017 has reached a milestone.  Construction at One Bennett Park, the condos-over-apartments stack at 451 East Grand Avenue has reached the 50th floor.

Rendering of One Bennett Park (Courtesy of Related Midwest)

Rendering of One Bennett Park (Courtesy of Related Midwest)

That means with this latest concrete pour, the Related Midwest skyscraper is at 71% of its eventual 70-floor stature.  If you’d like to measure its progress in height, then it’s up to 540 feet; or 65% of its eventual 836-foot height.

Press release follows the photos.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: One Bennett Park Reaches 50th Floor

Completion of Chicago’s tallest all-residential tower on schedule for early 2019

CHICAGO – Related Midwest today announced that crews are pouring the 50th floor of One Bennett Park, the developer’s ultra-luxury residential tower at 451 E. Grand Ave. in Streeterville, as the tower climbs toward its full height of 70 stories. The 49th-floor deck and 50th-floor core walls are being poured this week, bringing the structure to more than 540 feet.

“We’re excited to be working on One Bennett Park’s spectacular condominiums, crafted by Robert A.M. Stern Architects as vertical homes with gracious living spaces, unparalleled luxury finishes and sweeping lake and city views,” said Curt Bailey, president of Related Midwest. “As One Bennett Park’s residences rise, other distinctive features – everything from the grand motor court to the limestone-clad base – are gradually taking shape, each bringing us one step closer to realizing our vision for a tower unmatched in design and craftsmanship.”

Also under construction is Bennett Park, an adjacent 1.7-acre green space designed by Michael Van Valkenburg Associates, whose other Chicago projects include Maggie Daley Park, The 606 and the Barack Obama Presidential Center. Crews have outlined the treescapes and foot paths that will meander through Bennett Park, which in addition to serving residents via their own private entrance, will also be open to the public. When complete in 2019, the park will feature native plantings and rolling topography that divides the area into four distinct experiences: a lawn bowl; play bowl, complete with a children’s playground; shade grove; and dog run with separate areas for small and large breeds.

“It’s now possible to stand out on the terrace overlooking the park and get a glimpse of the urban oasis residents will see every day simply by walking outside,” said Don Biernacki, senior vice president of construction at Related Midwest. “The views from the residential floors are equally breathtaking, providing a new vantage point from which Lake Michigan and the surrounding cityscape can be experienced. I’m incredibly proud of the team we’ve assembled and the progress we’ve made together as One Bennett Park claims its spot in the downtown skyline.”

Chicago-based Lendlease is serving as the project’s general contractor, while Chicago-based GREC is the architect of record.

Slated to be Chicago’s tallest all-residential tower, One Bennett Park broke ground in February 2016, with completion scheduled for early 2019. The community’s 279 apartments and first condominium residences will deliver in fall 2018.

Located on floors 41 through 66, the 69 condominium residences at One Bennett Park include two-, three- and four-bedroom plans averaging 3,200 square feet. In addition to the full suite of apartment amenities, owners will have access to an exclusive floor of amenities on level 41, as well as their own porte cochère and lobby on the lower level.

Related Midwest is currently offering a selection of condominiums ranging in size from 1,737 to 7,500 square feet and priced between $1.9 million and $15 million. For more information on One Bennett Park, visit


Location: 451 East Grand Avenue, Streeterville

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