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The Lincoln Common
Chicago, IL
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The Lincoln Common

Chicago, IL

1M SF redevelopment of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital site in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood into numerous residential, office and retail buildings.


Hines Interests and McCaffery Inc.


28 months

Project Size

1,000,000 SF

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Delivery Method



Project Attributes

  • Award Winner
  • Sustainable Project
  • Self Perform Project
  • Repeat Client

Project Stories

Pioneering Workforce Development

As a trailblazer for workforce development in the construction trades, W.E. O’Neil is a proud partner of St. Paul Community Development Ministries (SPCDM), a south-side Chicago organization that facilitates pre-apprentice programs for Black men and women. Our involvement with SPCDM includes:

  • W.E. O’Neil staff instructing pre-apprentice training courses
  • Pro bono maintenance work at the SPCDM facility
  • Hiring SPCDM program candidates onto our construction projects
  • Facilitating subcontractor hiring of SPCDM candidates

On the Lincoln Common project, W.E. O’Neil sponsored Henry Lee, a carpenter apprentice who came through the SPCDM pre-apprentice program. Hear about Henry’s experience here:

Bricks That Touch The Heart

Children’s Memorial Hospital Brick Program

Children’s Memorial Hospital occupied the site of the Lincoln Common development for 104 years before moving to a new facility in downtown Chicago. When demolition of the hospital began in order to make way for the new development, families began reaching out to W.E. O’Neil and McCaffery Inc. about saving the building’s bricks as a tangible way to connect people to the hospital and their memories. By the time demolition was complete, W.E. O’Neil had distributed over 100 bricks to families whose lives had been impacted by the hospital. Read more about their stories here.


From our first walk through with W.E. O’Neil’s construction supervisor to final delivery, their team was professional and executed beautifully. We were able to lease nearly 500 units in six months in large part due to W.E. O’Neil delivering an exceptional product on-time and in process. Their high quality delivery of the residential towers surpassed our expectations. W.E. O’Neil’s craftsmanship and efficiency at turnover was best-in-class. I look forward to working with them in the future.

Aaron Galvin
Luxury Living Chicago Realty

Mixed-use development
20-story apartment towers
Apartment units
Trucks kept off of neighborhood streets through on-site material recycling program
Cubic yards of concrete put-in-place by W.E. O’Neil’s self-perform team members
Man hours over the course of the project