Construction Update
Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60

The city of Chicago reached a milestone today.  With the erection of the tower crane at Belgravia Group’s Renelle on the River, that makes 60 tower cranes in the Chicago sky.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a noted fan of tower cranes, visited the site of the bKL-designed building person to mark the occasion.

Rendering of Renelle on the River (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)

Rendering of Renelle on the River (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)

While Census Bureau numbers show Chicago’s population dwindling, downtown’s residential, hotel, and office development industry hasn’t gotten that memo.  New high rise buildings are proposed almost every week, and even the condominium market appears to be slowly waking from its deep slumber.

Naturally, time and construction progress will cause some of the cranes up now to come back down.  But with megaprojects like Riverline, 700 at the River, The 78, Lincoln Yards, the remainder of Lakeshore East, Wolf Point, and Old Town Park, either under construction, or fully steaming in that direction, you can bet your hard hat strap that even the 60 mark will be surpassed.

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