It's always a milestone when a crane goes up. To architecture geeks it symbolizes that construction of a skyscraper is unarguably underway and that the result has the potential to be something tall and magnificent; something worth bringing in a crane for.
Starting today, the crane at the Elysian Chicago is coming down.
Having performed its service, the crane will be removed today (May 12, 2009), tomorrow, and Thursday.
If you're the sort of person who drives, then avoid the area. It will be a mess. If you're the sort of person who likes to stand around watching cranes be disassembled, there's a Starbucks on the next block. Grab yourself a cupppa Joe and enjoy.