Gold Coast Spy Tom sent in the photograph above showing soil sampling in the parking lot that will have a 1,045-foot-tall skyscraper in it by 2022.
Even though soil sampling crews extract dirt from beneath the surface, we like to think of them as planting the seeds of a skyscraper. They don’t actually plant anything physical, but they do sow the seeds of hope and anticipation in skyscraper nerds across the city.
When complete, One Chicago will have a 76-story, and a 49-story residential tower atop a retail and parking podium. If it was completed today, it would be the fifth-tallest building in Chicago. But by the time it debuts, there will be other buildings pushing it down the list.