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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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 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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It’s Going to be Huge: Details and Diagrams of 451 East Grand
Sep15

It’s Going to be Huge: Details and Diagrams of 451 East Grand

  It’s big.  Really big.  Really quite big.  The biggest building to hit North Lake Shore Drive since… well… ever.  We’re talking about Realted Midwest’s 451 East Grand Avenue, the new residential tower designed by New York’s Robert A. Stern & Associates, and proposed to be built right behind Related’s first Chicago tower, the ever-so-shiny 500 Lake Shore Drive. While it’s true...

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Piecing Together Streeterville’s Newest Skyscraper
Jul16

Piecing Together Streeterville’s Newest Skyscraper

Chicago is not New York.  It can’t be said enough. Chicagoans wear black because we’re modest.  New Yorkers wear black because it’s fashionable.  Chicagoans wring their hands and worry about being a “global city.”  New Yorkers didn’t even know there was a contest. And when a New York real estate developer decides to build a new skyscraper, there’s a big announcement with balloons and dancing...

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