Steel Work Complete at Streeterville’s One Bennett Park
May07

Steel Work Complete at Streeterville’s One Bennett Park

After a little over two years of work, One Bennett Park has reached another milestone: The completion of structural steel work. The last piece of steel was recently put in place at the top of the soon-to-be 836-foot-tall tower after a ceremony at the base of the building, involving the people who developed, designed, and are building the skyscraper.  In traditional fashion, everyone got a chance to sign a 28-foot-long girder before it...

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One Bennett Park Tops Out and Towers Over Streeterville
Jan23

One Bennett Park Tops Out and Towers Over Streeterville

The tallest building in Streeterville has topped out.  One Bennett Park is anticipated to be the tallest all-residential building in Chicago when it’s completed later this year.  It will also soar 836 feet high right on the edge of Lake Michigan, ensuring it will be a landmark for anyone who admires the city from the water. One Bennett Park is a project of River North’s Related Midwest and Australia’s Lendlease.  The...

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The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen
Oct19

The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen

Over the last couple of years, Chicago’s traditional and new media have been ablaze with huge headlines about massive bigger real estate development projects all over town.  While most are eager to print even the most fanciful claims and screwball ideas just to generate clicks, we take a more measured approach around here. Which is why it’s refreshing to bring you news of The 78 — an enormous institutional research nexus...

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Fifty Floors and Still Rising at One Bennett Park
Sep14

Fifty Floors and Still Rising at One Bennett Park

One of our favorite construction projects of 2017 has reached a milestone.  Construction at One Bennett Park, the condos-over-apartments stack at 451 East Grand Avenue has reached the 50th floor. That means with this latest concrete pour, the Related Midwest skyscraper is at 71% of its eventual 70-floor stature.  If you’d like to measure its progress in height, then it’s up to 540 feet; or 65% of its eventual 836-foot...

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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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Guess Who Is Chicago’s #1 Crane Fan
Nov08

Guess Who Is Chicago’s #1 Crane Fan

For years we’ve been telling you that the number of cranes swinging around a city’s skyline is a good indication of that town’s economic health.  It turns out we’re not the only ones who see it that way. Hizzoner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, held a news conference yesterday to boast about the number of cranes operating in the Chicago skies.  How many are there?  Including the newest crane, at 451 East Grand in...

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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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Caisson Equipment Reports For Duty at One Bennett Park
Apr14

Caisson Equipment Reports For Duty at One Bennett Park

  As earth-moving machines continue to scrape, dig, and smooth things out at 451 East Grand Avenue in Streeterville, the next step in the process of building One Bennett Park has made an appearance on the construction site. Our Streeterville Spy Thomas dropped us a line that the first piece of Case Foundation equipment had arrived on site. That means caisson work is in the cards for the Robert A.M. Stern-designed masterpiece in...

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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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