Downtown Chicago Fertile Ground for Mechanical Beanstalks

If you’re going to get jumped in downtown Chicago, try to be a crane.

Cirrus and Cascade under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!)
Cirrus and Cascade under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!)

Crane jumps are scheduled for this week at Lakeshore East.  Lendlease is increasing the height of the tower cranes building the Cirrus and Cascade residential towers on the southwest corner of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

The window for the big yellow beasts to become super-sized opened on Saturday, and ends on Halloween.  Obviously, since it’s October in Chicago, all of this depends on the weather.

Cirrus and Cascade under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!)
Cirrus and Cascade under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!)

Cascade is quickly turning into a 37-story residential tower. Cirrus will excuse itself and kiss the sky at 47 stories.

In recent months, Magellan Development and Lendlease have not just been going to town on this corner of the city.  They’ve gone to town, bought eggs and milk, and brought back change.  Once Cirrus and Cascade are good enough, the developing duo will get a wiggle on with Building I, which is expected to reach around 950 feet in height.  That’s enough to rank in the top ten tallest buildings in Chicago, and the fourth-tallest in the New Eastside.

Author: Editor

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

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