Construction Update
Hopes Dashed: Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Remains On Hold

Last week we showed you pictures of construction workers toiling at 1000 South Michigan Avenue, the location where the 1000M residential tower was going up until recently. It we got your hopes up with those pictures, sorry. It was a false alarm.

Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!)
Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!)

1000M’s public relations team tells us those workers from McHugh Construction weren’t actually working on the tower. They were “securing the site.” And in the comments section of the previous story, Chris spoke to construction workers on the scene and, “They say they are just prepping the front portion of the site in order to reopen the sidewalk.”

It was in early June when construction was halted at the Helmut Jahn-designed condominium tower.

At the time, 1000M’s public relations company stated it was because construction workers couldn’t maintain a proper social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic while working on the foundation. A month later, it was widely reported that banking giant Goldman Sachs turned off the money faucet for this $470 million project. The Chicago Tribune reported that the skyscraper was on hold “at least until September.”

Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities)
June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities)

Location: 1000 South Michigan Avenue, South Loop

Author: Editor

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