Building NEMA: A Day in the Life of a Chicago Skyscraper Construction Worker

If you’ve been following the construction of NEMA Chicago (formerly One Grant Park, formerly 113 East Roosevelt), or any other skyscraper under construction in Chicago, you’ve probably wondered what it’s like “up there.”

Open House Chicago notwithstanding, few people get to go up to the top of the city’s skyscrapers.  Even fewer get to do it while the structures are still under construction.

Rendering of NEMA Chicago (Courtesy of Crescent Heights)

Rendering of NEMA Chicago (Courtesy of Crescent Heights)

Joe Zekas at YoChicago! is one of those people who habitually finds himself on top of these sorts of things.  And when Joe has a hard hat, he also has a camera.

Recently Mr. Zekas was in the South Loop, and sent over these pictures of a day at NEMA.

Location: 1200 South Indiana Avenue, South Loop


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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