Construction Update
61 West Erie Construction Now Underway

Things are starting to get messy over on West Erie Street.  That’s where construction is about to start on 61 West Erie, the LG Development project that has changed forms more often than Humbaba battling Gilgamesh.  (Shout out to Mrs. Frolio’s seventh-grade literature class!)

September 2019 rendering of 61 West Erie. (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.)
September 2019 rendering of 61 West Erie. (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.)

The original plan was for this to be a 12-story condo block.  Then it became a 29-room VRBO-style pile.  Now it’s a five-story apartment building. For realsies. Pinky-swear.

42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly says construction is expected to start right… about… now.  Assuming you’re reading this in the morning hours of November 2, 2020.  If you’re late to the game, then construction already started.

This week is staging and material deliveries.  Next week it’s Learn to Dig With Cat and Pillar.  Then November 16th should be the premier of Fun With Caissons, starring Concrete Phil.  

When complete, this will bring 28 apartments to the neighborhood, above the usual supply of ground floor retail.  

Location: 61 West Erie Street, Near North Side

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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