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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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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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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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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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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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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