A Tower Crane Sprouts in River North
Feb04

A Tower Crane Sprouts in River North

It’s been a weird winter in Chicago. Our most recent weather event, as the Northeast dug out of double-digit snowfall, was a thunderstorm. And that sort of meteorological mayhem can wreak havoc in strange ways. Like tricking plant life into thinking spring has arrived. Which is exactly what appears to be happening in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. At 167 West Erie Street, general contractor Linn-Mathes has planted...

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Status Update: Ranger RIC
Dec09

Status Update: Ranger RIC

The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street) is looking more and more like a skyscraper, and less and less like a steampunk nightmare, every day. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell stopped by recently and took these photographs of the building’s progress.  It’s hard to remember that this used to be the home of CBS radio and television in Chicago, and was the...

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Status Update: TAIotRIC
Aug19

Status Update: TAIotRIC

The vacant lot at 355 East Erie Street is just a memory as the Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago takes shape.  Construction has been underway for more than a year, yet the building is only up to its ninth floor.  That’s not unusual for hospitals, as they are considerably more complicated than an office building or an apartment block.  You may remember it took four years to build the nearby 22-story...

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Status Update: Rehabilitating Streeterville’s Skyline
May06

Status Update: Rehabilitating Streeterville’s Skyline

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new Ability Institute building (355 East Erie Street) continues to climb skyward. The latest update from R.I.C. is that concrete work for the second floor of the building is about finished, and the main focus of the work remains on the core of the building and its parking garage.  The core is up to about the fifth floor.  A hoist will soon be installed on the south side of the building...

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Status Update: RIC’s Place
Mar27

Status Update: RIC’s Place

For the first time in a long time, a medical skyscraper is going up in Streeterville that doesn’t have the name “Northwestern” on it. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new tower, called the Ability Institute, is rising at the corner of East Ontario Street and North McClurg Court.  It’s the former location of the CBS building where in 1960 the world’s first televised presidential debate took...

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Status Update: Laying the Foundations of Ability
Oct02

Status Update: Laying the Foundations of Ability

Caissons are being drilled at the future site of The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street), the latest medical skyscraper to sprout up in the greater Streeterville area. Construction crews are working Saturdays as well as the occasional evening and Sunday to get the job done, sending nearby al fresco diners searching for noshes elsewhere.  Foundation work was supposed to start at the end...

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Status Update: Getting Down With OCP (Yeah, You Know Me)
Oct01

Status Update: Getting Down With OCP (Yeah, You Know Me)

In a remarkable twist of fate and design, Streeterville will not be saddled with yet another pre-cast beige concrete building with the word “Northwestern” on it. The latest pictures of construction progress at the hospital’s new Outpatient Care Pavilion (259 East Erie Street) show slivers of shiny blue glass creeping up from the lower floors, bringing light to a formerly dark corner of the neighborhood.  It actually...

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Status Update: Puttin’ Up The RICs
Aug28

Status Update: Puttin’ Up The RICs

Ground has broken, but not much else has happened at the site of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s new skyscraper in Streeterville. There was much hoopla with big tents and big names a while back when the ceremonial dirt-turning event was held.  Since then a few trenches have been dug, but there’s not much in the way of progress to see yet, even though construction has been officially ongoing for more than a month....

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Status Update: Keeping Up With the Outpatients
Aug27

Status Update: Keeping Up With the Outpatients

  Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s new Outpatient Care Pavilion (259 East Erie Street) is chugging right along.  The building topped out at the end of July, but that doesn’t mean things will wrap up soon.  The project has a scheduled completion date of September, 2014 so there’s still a year’s of construction to go.  Because they are more complicated, broadly speaking hospitals take somewhat longer to build...

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Status Update: The Latest Beige Northwestern Building
May30

Status Update: The Latest Beige Northwestern Building

  If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “There just aren’t enough beige buildings in Chicago,” then Northwestern’s got your back. The pre-cast concrete panels that will make up the facade of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Outpatient Pavilion (259 East Erie Street) are now being hoisted into place and attached to the outside of the building.  And, as expected, they’re in majestic...

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