Walsh Construction Builds Ultimate Parkour Course at Wolf Point East
Feb16

Walsh Construction Builds Ultimate Parkour Course at Wolf Point East

When I was a kid, we would have called what’s going on over at Wolf Point East a “jungle gym.”  And my sister would promptly fall off of it, break her arm, and drive her lower teeth through her bottom lip because it was the 1970’s and soft hadn’t been invented yet. But this is the new millennium, and those millennium Millennials would probably call the weave of metal struts, risers, and other things I...

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A Crane Hatches at Wolf Point East
Jan18

A Crane Hatches at Wolf Point East

It was just a couple of days ago that River North Spy Chris sent us photos of crane parts being delivered to Wolf Point.  Now… Bam!  We have achieved crane! Chris has sent in a new set of photos showing a legitimate, if diminutive, tower crane at the heart of the construction for the 628,500-square-foot Wolf Point East. It won’t remain small for long.  Wolf Point East is expected to rise 668 feet over the Chicago River,...

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Wolf Point: Here Comes the Crane Again
Jan17

Wolf Point: Here Comes the Crane Again

It’s still the dead of winter in Chicago, but the next thing you know, daffodils will be shoving their yellow heads out of the dirt in Lincoln Park. Before that happens, a big yellow crane is going to rise from the dirt at Wolf Point. River North Spy Chris slid the photo above into our tip line.  It shows a piece of a tower crane being delivered to the site of what will soon be Wolf Point East (313 West Wolf Point Plaza/326...

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Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point
Nov09

Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point

There’s something to be said for a rainy autumn day in Chicago.  Something about the drizzle pattering off the pale yellow leaves of the few remaining ash trees in the city’s medians.  And the low-hanging clouds that turn the city of skyscrapers into a busy village.  And then there’s the mud. The people at Wolf Point know about mud.  You may remember last month the hole being dug for Pelli Clarke Pelli’s East...

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Construction Crews Pounding Sand at Wolf Point East
Sep06

Construction Crews Pounding Sand at Wolf Point East

Word on the street is that living near Wolf Point has gone from the dirge of caisson drilling to the relentless pounding of sheet piling being pounded relentlessly. Loop Spy Chris sent in the photograph above showing the ongoing pounding underway at 313 West Wolf Point Plaza.  But we’re told that mere pictures can’t capture the noise and vibrations rippling through the neighborhood.  Such is life in the big city. Before...

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At Wolf Point, the The Caissons Go Rolling Along
Aug24

At Wolf Point, the The Caissons Go Rolling Along

The oh-so-familiar drone of the caisson drill has returned to Wolf Point with a vengeance. After the triumphant completion of Wolf Point West, River Point, and 150 North Riverside there was a temporary quieting in the construction-day cacophony that for the last two years has bounced off the skyscrapers lining the Chicago River.  But that’s all past now that Pelli Clark Pelli’s Wolf Point East (313 West Wolf Point Plaza)...

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Paw Prints and Crane Bits Signal Serious Work at Wolf Point East
Jul14

Paw Prints and Crane Bits Signal Serious Work at Wolf Point East

Construction crews are wasting no time turning a dusty patch of River North into downtown Chicago’s newest enclave-in-the-sky. Bulldozers snapped into action just days after the initial construction permits for Wolf Point East were approved late last month.  Now, two weeks into earth moving, the first segments of what looks like a crane have been delivered to the site in front of River North Point, the home of the Sun-Times and...

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Hines Makes it Official: Wolf Point East is Underway
Jun28

Hines Makes it Official: Wolf Point East is Underway

Just 12 hours after we were the first to tell you that construction crews were busy starting work on Wolf Point East, the skyscraper’s Houston developer, Hines, made it official with a press release (below). We were able to break the news for you thanks to Loop Spy Chris, who saw bulldozers, remembered our tip line, and did the right thing. Wolf Point East is the second of three skyscrapers planned for the knob of land that juts...

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More Tidbits Trickle Out About Wolf Point East (And a few about Wolf Point South)
Oct04

More Tidbits Trickle Out About Wolf Point East (And a few about Wolf Point South)

  With Wolf Point West all wrapped up with a bow, we’re just weeks away from the start of Wolf Point East, the middle child of the Wolf Point siblings; and what a child it’s shaping up to be. New documents released by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office show us more about the East tower than we’ve ever known before.  You can cruise through them at your leisure here, or just read below where...

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Big Names, High Hopes for Chicago Union Station Redevelopment
Sep14

Big Names, High Hopes for Chicago Union Station Redevelopment

The redevelopment of Chicago Union Station and the surrounding properties continues to creep along like a  Hiawatha Service train a stuck behind yet another Canadian National freight mess. The latest bit of news is that Amtrak has narrowed down the list of developers (well, developer groups) to just four.  Not surprisingly, the developers are mostly deep-pocketed heavy hitters.  But we’re additionally pleased by the high caliber...

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