The under-construction Bennett Park in Streeterville is still another year and a half away from being completed and opened to residents, but we now have a more detailed look at what we can expect from the upcoming public space. The two-acre park, which is being constructed in coordination with the upscale condo and apartment tower that shares its name, comes from the office of notable landscape designer Michael Van Valkenburgh. And similar to Van Valkenburgh’s other projects in Chicago, including Maggie Daley Park and The 606, Bennett Park features whimsical characteristics and a variety in its programming.
Developer Related Midwest, the company behind the tower and park project, says that the plan for the park hasn’t changed so much as that we just have a better idea at how it will eventually look when completed. The firm has unveiled a handful of new renderings which depicts the park’s four “rooms” that will offer different areas for play and recreation for users.
“One Bennett Park is a tower that will be seen around Chicago,” Ann Thompson of Related Midwest tells us. “And the park gives a sort of centerpiece to the neighborhood.”
Construction of the 70-story tower, which features a neo-Art Deco design from New York’s Robert A.M. Stern Architects, kicked into high gear last summer. The building’s rental units and some sections of the namesake park are on track for delivery in the third quarter of 2018, but Related Midwest adds that the completed park won’t be open until early 2019.
- Time lapse shows early progress on Streeterville’s One Bennett Park tower [Curbed Chicago]
- Streeterville's One Bennett Park Officially Under Construction [Curbed Chicago]
- Streeterville's Robert A.M. Stern Tower to Come with New Park [Curbed Chicago]