Related Midwest Drives an 1,100-Foot-Tall Nail Into The Chicago Spire’s Coffin
May15

Related Midwest Drives an 1,100-Foot-Tall Nail Into The Chicago Spire’s Coffin

If you’ve spent the last eight years waiting for someone to drive the final nail into The Chicago Spire’s coffin, Related Midwest is your carpenter. Tonight the River North real estate developer pulled the cloak off of a duo of towers it plans to erect at the site of Chicago’s most magnificent hole — 400 Lake Shore Drive. 400 is an SOM design crafted by David Childs, known mostly for his work on such New York...

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One Bennett Park Peeks in on Grant Park
Mar27

One Bennett Park Peeks in on Grant Park

You’d expect a building with the statue of One Bennett Park (451 East Grand Avenue) to offer incredible views.  Now we can see just how incredible. In the photograph above of the construction of the 836-foot-tall One Bennett Park, taken from One Grant Park by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!, we can see a huge portion of the tower rising above Streeterville and Lakeshore East, gazing upon Grant Park. We also see that the amazing view...

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One Bennett Park About to Eclipse 500LSD
Aug21

One Bennett Park About to Eclipse 500LSD

We just can’t get enough of One Bennett Park, the Related Midwest luxury tower that’s bringing a taste of Gotham to Streeterville. Fortunately, we don’t need ISO 12312-2 certified eyewear to gaze upon this star of downtown Chicago’s construction solar system. Joe Zekas of YoChicago! sent in the drool-worthy photograph above showing the Robert A.M. Stern joint is about to eclipse its next-door neighbor, 500 Lake...

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One Bennett Park Joins The Streeterville Skyline
Jul26

One Bennett Park Joins The Streeterville Skyline

Streeterville’s newest skyscraper is making its presence known in the neighborhood skyline. New photos sent in by Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! show One Bennett Park has reached at least its 40th floor, and is probably taller than that by the time you read this. 1BP, as its friends call it, will eventually reach 70 stories, and over 820 feet in height.  Along with Building I at Lakeshore East, and the Vista Tower, it is among...

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One Bennett Park Reaches 100
Feb13

One Bennett Park Reaches 100

It’s not exactly a secret that One Bennett Park is one of our favorite recent projects in Chicago. It’s tall.  It’s different-looking (for Chicago). It’s in Streeterville.  What’s not to like? So it just seemed natural that we broke out the last three leftover New Year’s party poppers and microwaved some Totinos pizza rolls when we received word last week that construction has reached a milestone:...

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How One Bennett Park Sold Me on Virtual Reality in Real Estate
Jan30

How One Bennett Park Sold Me on Virtual Reality in Real Estate

I consider myself a tech-savvy guy.  I had an e-mail address before there was an internet.  When I leave my house, robots wake up and clean my floors.  Thanks to a homebrew home automation system, I haven’t touched a light switch in a year.  Even the eggs in my refrigerator are networked, and send me text messages when they’re going to expire.  But I could never get behind the notion that strapping a cell phone to my face...

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More Details on What to Expect From One Bennett Park
Sep20

More Details on What to Expect From One Bennett Park

  The residential skyscraper soon to rise 451 East Grand Avenue has architecture enthusiasts as excited as… well, a turtle in a shower. Go ahead and play the video above if you don’t believe me. It’s perfectly safe for work. There are a number of reasons they’re doing a turtle dance over One Bennett Park. The building’s height. The building’s location. The building’s height combined with...

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Two For One Bennet Park
Aug23

Two For One Bennet Park

Who doesn’t love One Bennett Park? Well, the people about to lose their views. But aside from them, it seems like Chicago’s entire skyscraper nerd community is looking forward to seeing Related Midwest’s huge 843-foot-tall building rise almost, but not quite, on Chicago’s lakefront. We’ll be among the photographers front and center (or more likely, renting a helicopter) when the building designed by...

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The Park is Dead, Long Live Bennett Park
May09

The Park is Dead, Long Live Bennett Park

There’s not a lot of green space in Streeterville, and these days there’s a little less of it.  That’s because the park that once existed on the block bounded by East Grand Avenue, North Peshtigo Court, East Illinois Street, and North McClurg Court is no more. Construction crews have completely scraped the park from the roof of the parking garage it once concealed, as you can see in the photos above and below from...

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One Bennett Park Will Make No Small Apartments
Mar30

One Bennett Park Will Make No Small Apartments

The just-barely–sort-of-under-construction skyscraper known as One Bennett Park continues to amaze.  It started when the location was selected.  Then we found out that it would include a redesigned public park.  Then there was that first rendering which is still taped to the ceilings above many a skyscraper nerd’s bed. And then we got the height and other stats.  At every turn, Related Midwest’s new baby has filled...

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