They say that Chicago has two seasons, winter and construction. Lately those two seasons have been running together, with buildings going up all winter long. Even so, I was astonished to see a large crew at work on this north-side building, on a day that was decidedly blizzardy. Can those men really be at their best when the wind is blowing, their teeth are chattering, their eyes are tearing, and their hands are frozen solid? It makes one wonder a bit about building quality. (Note the cement truck: were they really pouring concrete on such a frigid day?)
A note on the location: This is a new residential tower that will be 25 stories, going up in the River North neighborhood next to the historic 1887 firehouse at 228 West Illinois (the thing at left shrouded in blue). The developers actually own the 127-year-old firehouse and will be redeveloping it as part of the new complex. Click here to see more photos and plans for the site, which calls for a corner garden to be installed west of the firehouse, in the shadow of the el.