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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Permits Come Through for Streeterville Lighthouse… er… Skyscraper
Jul15

Permits Come Through for Streeterville Lighthouse… er… Skyscraper

After months of foundation work in the mucky Streeterville soil, the City of Chicago has granted permits for full construction to begin on One Bennett Park at 451 East Grand Avenue. It was back in February when we were the first to tell you that the first crews had arrived on the scene and were getting ready to turn the vacant lot into a stunning art deco-inspired residential tower.  Now the paperwork has come through so that the...

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Ghosts, Fake Butter, and Digging the Boring Construction at One Bennett Park
Jun06

Ghosts, Fake Butter, and Digging the Boring Construction at One Bennett Park

It’s all work work work work work at 451 East Grand Avenue, the future home of One Bennett Park, the 69-story condos-over-apartments snack pack by Robert A.M. Stern   Related Midwest. Dozers are digging, and caisson crews are boring into the supple lakeside loam that characterizes this corner of Streeterville.  You can see the busy beavers in the photos above and below from Joe Zekas over at YoChicago!.   But what will they find...

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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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One Bennett Park Removes Park and Gets to Digging
Mar15

One Bennett Park Removes Park and Gets to Digging

Within two weeks of hearing work crews would be fencing off access to the park bounded by Grand Avenue, Peshtigo Court, Illinois Street, and McClurg Court in Streeterville, trees have been removed and ground is being torn up in preparation for One Bennett Park. At the east of the lot, what used to be the fenced-in dog run has become Ground Zero for earth movers tearing at the earth for Robert A.M. Stern’s forthcoming...

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A Better Look at One Bennett Park
Mar07

A Better Look at One Bennett Park

A couple of weeks ago, thanks to a tip from Streeterville Spy Daniel, we told you that the first signs of construction for One Bennett Park (451 East Grand Avenue) were about to be laid down.  Hours later, construction fences went up, and skyscraper nerds across Chicagoland pumped their fists in celebration. Since then, friends-of-the-blog Related Midwest sent over a new set of renderings of the project so that everyone can get a...

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One Bennett Park Starts… Right Now
Feb25

One Bennett Park Starts… Right Now

If you’re anxiously awaiting the start of construction on One Bennett Park (formerly known as 451 East Grand), the new hybrid condominium and apartment tower planned for Streeterville, your wait is over. Permits haven’t been issued to do anything fun like push dirt around and erect a big freaking crane, but a tip from our very reliable Streeterville Spy Daniel tells us that later this morning we should see the first...

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A Touch of New York Approved for Streeterville
Dec18

A Touch of New York Approved for Streeterville

Today the Chicago Plan Commission breathed new life into the city’s skyline by approving the construction of 451 East Grand. The 65-story residential tower is being developed by friends-of-the-blog, Related Midwest, which is the Midwest outpost of New York’s Related Companies. The skyscraper destined for a plot of land near the lake’s edge in Streeterville was designed by New York architecture heavyweight Robert A.M....

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SOAR Gives Latest Streeterville Skyscraper a Big Thumb’s Up
Dec02

SOAR Gives Latest Streeterville Skyscraper a Big Thumb’s Up

This past summer, friends-of-the-blog Related Midwest made big waves in the Chicago skyscraper enthusiast community by promising to change the city’s skyline with its new project, 451 East Grand. Related hired a big-name New York architect, picked a primo spot right along the lakefront, and unveiled a design that is a serious departure from the brick-on-a-block tower-and-podium designs that are the norm in this midwest burg. So,...

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