"Building Boom" Happening in Chicago

Posted by Staff Reporter (media@realtytoday.com) on Aug 03, 2015 08:27 AM EDT
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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 17: Workers put brick facing on a group of row houses under construction October 17, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. New home construction in the United States was up 15 percent in September from August hitting a four-year high. Applications for building permits, an indicator of future construction, jumped about 12 percent.
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Things are about to get even busier in Chicago as the city faces thousands of new construction with new apartments units and hotel rooms about to rise. Here are some of the recent month's downtown rundown of where the various projects are at.

According to a report by the Chicago Curbed, while the South is currently building the 40-storey, 1,206-room Marriott Marquis at McCormick place, the 13-storey Center Point Properties data center at Calumet and 21st has been cleared next door. A new arena will also be seen along Cermak Road.

Going to the North, the finished 144-unit condo project of the CMK will be seen at 1333-1345 South Wabash. The 28-storey rental project of One Triple Three next door has also excavated the site.

The Loop Community Area now offers the JDL's 1000 South Clark, which is composed of 29 floors and 469 rental units. Many watchers were surprised as the Hartshorne Plunkard-designed structure at the west side, facing the Rock Island Metra tracks, was built with austere concrete wall and punch-hole windows, instead of a glass-like structure as was expected.

The building at 1001 South State designed by the SCB is now really starting to take off, with the tower already moving past the more complicated levels of the parking podium and amenity deck.

The skyscraper building offering 40 storeys and 398 units has now reached its 14th floor. Another SCB design that is ongoing construction and is already near its finish line is the 690-unit rental tower at Block 37.

The BKL-designed 402-unit rental tower at Michigan and Lake is now about 40 floors up with its first panes of glass already installed. The tower has been developed by John Buck Company's MILA, Chicago Curbed news reported.

Steel has been installed to the 150 North Riverside at the riverfront trio to the west, a building designed by the crews at the Goettsch Partners. The River Point office tower has also been erected at 444 West Lake, with 30 floors out of the 53 now framed out with steel. Pickard Chilton designed this West Lake building. 

Chicago Curbed also reported an upcoming project which will soon be starting site preparations. The Sinclair project, which has gained the nickname "Tower of Jewel," will become the city's second largest transit-oriented development (TOD).

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