Construction update: Catalyst, 111 W Wacker, River Point and more

Recent visits to the roof of Hubbard Place in River North and a penthouse at K2 in the Fulton River District gave me good vantage points to look at the progress of a number of developments.

Workers are completing the second floor of Catalyst, a 22-story, 223-apartment building pictured above at 630 W Washington in the West Loop.

A dozen stories have been added to the original structure at 111 W Wacker, and one of them has glass cladding on its south face. The site is coming back to life as a 59-floor, 504-unit luxury apartment tower.

The discordant cladding of the 11-story, 99-unit apartment building at 1601 W Division in East Village appears nearly complete in this sunset shot from K2.

The site (fenced in blue) has been cleared for a 26-story, 189-unit apartment tower at 212 W Illinois in River North, but foundation work has yet to begin.

Infrastructure is still the order of the day at River Point, a 45-story, 900,000 square foot office tower at 444 W Lake in the Fulton River District. River Point, which was begun without an anchor tenant, just locked in a 20-year lease on a quarter of its space. The deal with McDermott Will & Emery marks, I believe, the first time a major law firm has rented space this far west and north.

Demolition work wrapped up more than a month ago at 1K Fulton in the West Loop, but the project is apparently awaiting permits to resume construction.

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