Construction Update
Groundbreaking Date Set for Two West Town Buildings

If you’re among those who keep shaking their heads over all the new construction projects happening in Chicago during what is somehow still the middle of a pandemic, don’t let this news make you dizzy: Two more large residential buildings will break ground next week.

That word comes from Crain’s Chicago Business, which reports that Marquette Companies plans to put spades to earth next Thursday, September 17th. The buildings in question are 1400 West Randolph, and 1454 West Randolph, both across the street from Union Park, and both of which could use better names.

February 2020 diagram of 1400 West Randolph

When we first reported on these projects 15 months ago, we were expecting the taller of the two to be 21 stories, and there would be 400 residences between the two buildings. Crain’s has the dish from the chef himself, Darren Sloniger, reporting that this is actually going to be 500 apartments in a 26-story building, and an 11-story building. When in doubt, go with Crain’s.

Location: 1400 West Randolph Street, West Town

Author: Editor

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