Happy Dance in the South Loop: The 73 Gets Updated

Last week ended with architecture nerds bouncing off the walls like a Roomba that just slurped up some crack.  River North development concern Related Midwest released the latest iteration of its plans for The 73; and, man, are they something.

Rending of the flagship commercial building concept on Crescent Park (Contributing architect: SOM. Courtesy of Related Midwest)

Rending of the flagship commercial building concept on Crescent Park (Contributing architect: SOM. Courtesy of Related Midwest)

If you’re just tuning in, “The 73” is the name of the patch of harrowed ground south of Roosevelt Road between Clark Street and the south branch of the Chicago River.  You may know it as “the wasteland,” or “the badlands,” or “that place where I can fly my drone after work without anyone getting all up in my Kool-aid.”

Related Midwest and friends see it as Chicago’s next city-within-the-city.  Sandburg Village with heart.  Lakeshore East with soul.

Rendering of Roosevelt Road looking south (Courtesy of Related Midwest)

Rendering of Roosevelt Road looking south (Courtesy of Related Midwest)

As we reported back in October, SOM’s Phil Enquist is designing this Chinatown-adjacent neighborhood for Related.  In fact, in spite of the local media and insta-blogs reporting this as “new” and an “unveiling” of the plans, what came out on Thursday was nearly identical to what we saw back in October.  The biggest change seems to be to a new PR firm.  So The 78 may be “new” to them.

There are a few updates, though. Among them:

  • The 78 will have 11 acres of public space, including a seven-acre park.  For an idea of how big that is, Lakeshore East park is six acres.
  • The park will follow the former curve of the Chicago River, which once ran through this site before the waterway was straightened.
  • The park will clean stormwater runoff before it enters the river.
  • 100-foot-wide riverwalk.
  • The new CTA Red Line station that was hinted at back in October is going to happen.
  • 20% affordable housing.

The renderings showing tiers of quasi-brutalist low-rise buildings backing into a mountain range of high-rise towers are straight out of a Buck Rogers matte painting.  But in a good way.  In industry jargon, it’s a “sidescraper” surrounded by density along Roosevelt and Clark.  It lets even the most casual viewer understand immediately that this isn’t an office park.  Or a neighborhood of skyscrapers.  It is the epitome of “mixed use,” and fulfills the project’s marketing promise of, “A place to live, work and play.”

In one of the most ambitious infrastructure proposals in a long time, the Metra commuter rail tracks that currently run along Clark Street will be moved one block west — away from Clark Street.   This may seem counter-intuitive because it will put the rail line deeper into the middle of The 78.  But SOM’s design calls for the new Metra route to be enclosed, cutting down on noise and diesel fumes.

This will be the second shrouding of a local rail line in recent years.  The previous one was the capping of the Amtrak line beneath what is now the park in front of River Point.

Infrastructure work is expected to begin in a couple of months, with the construction of a street connecting Wells Street to Wentworth Avenue through the middle of the site.  The entire project is expected to be done around… 2038.  Robot overlords permitting.

Rending of the master plan (Rendering by SOM. Courtesy of Related Midwest)
Rendering of the riverwalk promenade looking south (Contributions from Hollwich Kushner. Courtesy of Related Midwest)
Rendering of the riverwalk promenade looking north (Courtesy of Related Midwest)
Rendering of Wells Street looking north (Courtesy of Related Midwest)
Rendering of the Education Hub and Riverwalk (Contributions from 3XN. Courtesy of Related Midwest)
Rending of Crescent Park looking north (Contributions from AS+GG. Courtesy of Related Midwest)
Rendering of 15th Street and Clark Street gateway (Courtesy of Related Midwest)

Editor’s note:  Related Midwest is a long-time sponsor of this publication.  Contact us if your company wants to be awesome, too.

from Chicago Architecture https://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2018/05/14/happy-dance-in-the-south-loop-the-73-gets-updated/


Chicago River’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out

The latest high rise shouldering in for a view of the Chicago River has topped out. The ceremonial final steel beam for Renelle on the River was recently hoisted into place at the top of the building at 403 North Wabash Avenue.

The ceremonial final beam ceremony at Renelle on the River (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)

The ceremonial final beam ceremony at Renelle on the River (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)

Renelle is slotted ever-so-gently between Trump International Hotel and Tower and River Plaza, giving its residents singular views of the heart of Chicago.

It has just 45 condominiums in its 18 stories because they’re all three- or four-bedrooms each.  Prices range from $1.5 million to “If you have to ask…”

Renelle was designed by bKL Architecture for Belgravia Group, and is perched on top of a four-story parking garage.  As we reported a couple of years ago:

The northern two-thirds of the eastern facade is angled inward slightly to provide views of the Chicago River… With a maximum of three residences per floor, everyone gets a slice of the view. And if that’s not enough, there’s a full amenity floor with plenty of outside rooftop space.

Redering of Renelle on the River (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)

Redering of Renelle on the River (Courtesy of Belgravia Group)


Belgravia Celebrates Topping-Off Milestone at 18-Story Renelle on the River Condominium Building in Chicago’s River North

CHICAGO – Belgravia Group today celebrated the topping-off of Renelle on the River with a beam-signing ceremony on site at 403 N. Wabash Ave., in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The developer’s 18-story, 50-unit luxury condominium building along the Chicago River is scheduled to begin closing homes in early 2019.

Belgravia officials, project consultants and team members gathered at the base of the development to sign the final beam and view the lifting of the signed beam to its place at the top of Renelle on the River.

“As we celebrate the completion of the steel structure for Renelle on the River, we also note the expertise and hard work of each team member who has contributed to the design and construction of this beautiful luxury building, which is taking its place alongside iconic neighbors like the Wrigley Building,” said Alan Lev, CEO of Belgravia Group. “Through years of planning and intense collaboration, we are proud to bring this community to life on one of the last parcels of land available on this stretch of the Chicago River.”

“Now that the building is topped off, everyone can see how it’s not only perfectly positioned to offer stunning city and river views but it is also just steps away from the vibrant Riverwalk and bustling Michigan Avenue,” Lev continued.

At 65 percent sold, the bKL Architects-designed Renelle on the River features five different floor plans, including a blend of three- and four-bedroom home designs, and a rare option for two-level living in three-bedroom, three-bath duplexes.

Each condominium features a large kitchen/family room combination with separate formal living spaces, three or four bedrooms, and three or 3½ baths. Single-level floor plans range from 2,249 to 3,434 square feet and are priced from $1,589,900 to $3,213,900. The duplex option is 1,827 square feet and priced from $1,275,900. To date, only three duplexes remain.

“Renelle’s thoughtfully designed floor plans and large room sizes have been a great success, attracting a variety of buyers, from empty-nesters leaving suburban life for the city to those seeking spaces that live like single-family homes in a dynamic urban location,” said Lev.

Owners will enjoy 10-foot ceilings, expansive windows, 8-foot solid-core doors, 5-inch wood flooring, abundant gallery walls for artwork, and private balconies. Kitchens will feature Snaidero cabinetry, a choice of natural stone or quartz countertops, and Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. Belgravia’s in-house designers work with each buyer to personalize their home from a broad array of finishes on display at Renelle’s on-site design center.

Buyers and agents have been able to “tour” a Renelle floor plan through Belgravia’s unique VR-360 Model Home technology. The virtual tours provide future residents an immersive living experience complete with the magnificent river views afforded to these homes.

Renelle on the River also boasts an exclusive suite of owner amenities, including a rooftop lounge on the 18th floor that will include a game room, screening room, indoor and outdoor kitchens, and a 4,500-square-foot terrace. Additional amenities include a 24-hour doorman, fitness center with private yoga room, outdoor dog run and bike storage area.

To learn more about Renelle on the River and experience a virtual reality tour, visit the sales gallery at 405 N. Wabash Ave. Additional information is available at http://www.renellechicago.com or by calling (312) 955-0711.

from Chicago Architecture https://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2018/05/09/chicago-rivers-newest-residential-tower-tops-out/

7 Days Until Spirepalooza: Chicago’s Biggest Building Event

Glasses are fogged, butts are perched on seat edges, and pearls are clutched in anticipation of Tuesday, May 15th. The that’s the day Chicago finds out what will become of the city’s infamous Chicago Spire site.

Good riddance to bad memories.

Good riddance to bad memories.

Streeterville neighborhood group S.O.A.R. will host a meeting one week from today for real estate developer Related Midwest to unveil its plans for the space that was supposed to hold a 2,000-foot-tall skyscraper by now.

What we ended up with is a circular scar in the ground on one of the city’s most prominent waterfront parcels, and a pair of unused highway off-ramps.

The tale of the protracted and agonizing failure of the Chicago Spire (nee Fordham Spire) has been told in publications around the world. Now Chicago has a chance to redeem itself. Or at least hide a haunting symbol of failure.

Related ended up with the Spire site at 400 North Lake Shore Drive after a series of legal and financial gymnastics too involved for this space. Since then, everyone from Rahm Emanuel to Manuel at Cafe Rom has been wondering what kind of rabbit the River North firm has in its hat.

The last few years have been very good for big projects in Chicago. Here’s a brief rundown of the larger things going up, or proposed to:

  • Vista Tower
  • 1000M
  • Essex on the Park
  • One Grant Park
  • One Bennett Park
  • One Chicago Square
  • The 73
  • Riverline
  • Southbank
  • Tribune Tower East
  • 700 at the River District
  • Lincoln Yards
  • Northeast corner of Lakeshore East

…and probably one or two more that we forgot.

This didn’t happen. Something else will.

The big questions on everyone’s lips right now are “How tall,” and “How soon?”

400 Lake Shore Drive is property so prime that mathematicians can only divide it by itself and one. The plot is so choice that it deserves a USDA certificate. We’re talking an opportunity so rare that it should be served at Ditka’s with a side of creamed spinach and the city’s best Caesar salad.

400 is right on the Chicago River and shares a mailman with Lake Michigan, so it’s worth a bundle. Everything we know about real estate development tells us that to make the investment worthwhile, Related Midwest is going to have to build up… up… up!

But everything we know about Related Midwest and it’s cousin, Related, is that they enjoy skunking the punters. When the chattering classes zig, they zag. When the mouth-breathing skyscraper needs scream “higher!” they go wider. When Crain’s writes for the umpteenth time that downtown’s home market is overbuilt, they put up the city’s tallest all-residential tower.

This means a revival of 2,000-foot-tall ambitions is unlikely.  Unless they’re really pressed for space (1 Chicago, Trib2), developers these days seem to gravitate toward mini-campuses of normal-sized skyscrapers instead of enormous statement pieces.

At least the tension will soon break. Beans are scheduled to spill next Tuesday at 6:00pm at the Sheraton at 301 East North Water Street. Then we’ll find out if there’s another big big big big project to add to the list above, or if the city’s collective excitement has been “value engineered” into mediocrity.

from Chicago Architecture https://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2018/05/08/7-days-until-spirepalooza-chicagos-biggest-building-event/

Steel Work Complete at Streeterville’s One Bennett Park

After a little over two years of work, One Bennett Park has reached another milestone: The completion of structural steel work.

One Bennett Park construction (Courtesy of Related Midwest)

One Bennett Park construction (Courtesy of Related Midwest)

The last piece of steel was recently put in place at the top of the soon-to-be 836-foot-tall tower after a ceremony at the base of the building, involving the people who developed, designed, and are building the skyscraper.  In traditional fashion, everyone got a chance to sign a 28-foot-long girder before it was hoisted into place.  The building topped out in January of this year.

One Bennett Park is slated to become Chicago’s tallest all-residential building when it opens in 2019.  It will have 69 luxury condominiums on its upper floors, and 279 rental apartments below.  The building was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York for River North’s Related Midwest, with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates landscaping the adjacent park, and Lendlease performing duties as general contractor.

Press release follows the photos.

One Bennett Park construction (Courtesy of Related Midwest)
One Bennett Park construction (Courtesy of Related Midwest)
One Bennett Park construction (Courtesy of Related Midwest)


Related Midwest Marks Installation of Final Steel Beam at One Bennett Park in Downtown Chicago

Placement of 28-foot, 2,856-pound beam marks the completion of structural steel work at Robert A.M. Stern-designed high-rise, slated to be Chicago’s tallest all-residential tower

CHICAGO – Developer Related Midwest and general contractor Lendlease this week marked the completion of structural steel work at One Bennett Park, Related’s ultra-luxury residential development at 451 E. Grand Ave. in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, with an adjacent park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, it is slated to be Chicago’s tallest all-residential tower when completed in 2019.

Senior executives, project managers and construction teams from each firm, along with union tradesmen and tradeswomen who labored on the project, gathered on April 30 to sign and hoist the final steel beam – a 28-foot, 2,856-pound girder topped by the American flag – before it was hoisted into its final position.

“The placement of the final steel beam in One Bennett Park brings us one step closer to completing what will be downtown Chicago’s premier legacy address,” said Curt Bailey, president of Related Midwest. “Throughout the planning and construction process, we have worked with the best and brightest in the industry to ensure no detail is overlooked. Thanks to the collective efforts of our partners, One Bennett Park will stand out as the latest addition to an elite group of Chicago skyscrapers whose timeless designs have earned international recognition.”

“No tall building designed in classical tradition is complete without its crown,” said Daniel Lobitz, partner at RAMSA. “One Bennett Park meets the skyline with asymmetrical composition, juxtaposing a rectangular volume punctuated by four-story masonry piers and a square pavilion with notched corners and colossal 30-foot-tall windows. These elements complement Chicago’s illustrious forebears like the iconic Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower.”

Under construction since February 2016, One Bennett Park is scheduled to be fully complete in mid-2019, with the first apartment residences delivering in late 2018 and condominiums beginning in early 2019. The building will feature a total of 69 condominium residences located on floors 41 through 66, with a choice of two-, three- and four-bedroom plans averaging 3,200 square feet. Owners will have access to an exclusive amenity floor on level 41, as well as their own private lobby on the lower level with a motor court and 24/7 valet parking. Related Midwest is currently offering a selection of condominiums ranging in size from 1,737 to 7,500 square feet and priced from $2 million.

“On this day, we honor the thousands of construction professionals, tradesmen and tradeswomen who continue to work tirelessly to bring this project to fruition,” said Don Biernacki, senior vice president of construction at Related Midwest. “While we are excited to add a premier residential tower like One Bennett Park to the Chicago skyline, we are equally proud to have created jobs for the city and the Streeterville community. We thank each and every contributor to this project as we continue to work toward completion.”

“The collaboration and dedication the tradesmen and tradeswomen have brought to this iconic project reminds me why this industry inspires greatness,” said Bert Brandt, senior vice president and general manager of Lendlease. “Countless hours have gone into making One Bennett Park what it is, and Lendlease is proud to be partnering with Related Midwest to see it to completion.”

from Chicago Architecture https://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2018/05/07/steel-work-complete-at-streetervilles-one-bennett-park/

Getting Around Willis Tower Getting Faster

Getting around Chicago can sometimes be agonizingly slow.  No one wants to be stuck in traffic on the 151 bus when they’re going to a job interview.  Perhaps more frustrating, when you get to the location for your next gig, is having to wait forever for an elevator.

Elevators at the Willis Tower (via Otis Elevator)

Elevators at the Willis Tower (via Otis Elevator)

That could happen less at Chicago’s tallest building, because the Willis Tower’s elevator system is getting a speed-enhancing overhaul. (You only get to call it “Sears Tower” if you also say “Weeghman Park” instead of Wrigley Field.)

The owners of the super skyscraper have hired Otis Elevator Company to improve the speed at which people rocket up and down the building’s innards.  The part of the project most of us will see is the trip to SkyDeck Chicago, which will now happen a sphincter-clenching 1,600 feet per minute.  Fortunately, since the SkyDeck is a mere 1,353 feet above South Wacker Drive, you won’t have time to fudge your Huggies.

An estimated 5.8 million people use the Willis Tower’s 83 elevators and 97 passenger cabs each year.  That’s like moving the entire nation of Singapore through the building. More people work in the Willis Tower than live in southwest suburban Lemont.

But why spend five years rebuilding elevators?  In addition to reducing the travel time during peak hours by a third, it will also save the building’s owner, Equity Office Properties, 35% on its elevator-related electric bill.  And when you consider the amount of energy a building the size of Willis uses in a year… well, just add three or four zeros to your ComEd statement and you’ll see why this is a good idea.

The project includes new motors, new machine rooms, a computer that will sort passengers by destination, and enough new cable to stretch from the Willis Tower to Kenosha.  No, seriously.  Sixty-four miles of new cable.

If all of this sounds fascinating to you, check out Otis’ video on the subject below, and the press release that follows.


Otis Finalizes Contract for Major Willis Tower Modernization Project

CHICAGO – Chicago’s Willis Tower, one of the tallest and most famous buildings in the world, has turned to Otis to modernize its 83 elevators and 97 passenger cabs, including their respective machine rooms, motors, cables and controls as part of a larger renovation project. Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Otis and Equity Office have finalized a contract to fully upgrade the building’s elevator cabs to Otis SkyRise® units using the CompassPlus™ destination management system. Otis SkyRise elevators are one of the world’s most advanced high-rise elevator systems, featuring stylish design, ultra-quiet operation, smart technology features and energy-efficient components. The CompassPlus system organizes traffic flow and provides a personalized passenger experience — sorting passengers into each elevator based on their destinations to get people where they’re going significantly faster than conventional dispatching systems. As part of the agreement, Otis will also provide maintenance service for the elevators for 10 years.

“Otis is proud to provide our industry-leading technology to Willis Tower, one of the world’s most iconic buildings,” said Otis Americas President Tom Vining. “Our innovative SkyRise and CompassPlus products will transform the passenger experience for the millions of people who pass through the building every year.”

The Willis Tower elevator system makes more than 46,000 daily trips and serves an estimated 5.8 million people each year. The modernization project will provide more efficient elevator service for tenants and visitors, reducing travel time during peak hours by up to 30 percent and cutting energy costs by an estimated 35 percent. The elevators will also better utilize new amenity services located on the building’s transfer floors.

“The Willis Tower is pleased to collaborate with Otis on the modernization of our elevator system,” said David Moore, Senior Vice President, Portfolio Director, Equity Office. “More than 15,000 tenants and guests use our elevators each day and they deserve the absolute best in transportation within the building, from updated technology to sleek design, and Otis offers best-in-class installation, service and aesthetics.”

A dedicated Otis team will be on site starting in June to ensure the modernization is completed on time and with minimal impact to the building’s tenants and operations.

The Willis Tower elevator modernization project is part of a $500 million transformation by owner/manager Equity Office, a portfolio company owned by Blackstone’s real estate funds. Through the investment, Willis Tower will be reinforced as a civic destination and the city’s leading workplace, featuring unprecedented amenities and unique retail and entertainment experiences. This renovation is just one of many significant updates being made to vertical transportation within the Willis Tower. Escalators at key points throughout the building will be removed to streamline travel and upgraded security and turnstiles will improve traffic flow at the building’s entrances.

from Chicago Architecture https://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2018/05/07/getting-around-willis-tower-getting-faster/

Video Advocating For Thompson Center Wins Award

The James R. Thompson Center was controversial when it went up.  And now that a lot of people want to tear it down, it’s controversial once again.

Still frame from Starship Chicago: A Film by Nathan Eddy

Still frame from Starship Chicago: A Film by Nathan Eddy

There has been much hullabaloo created by people in Springfield and also in Chicago who want to see the building sold for tear-down and redevelopment.

Part of the impetus is the fact that Illinois doesn’t have enough money to pay its bills and owes money like a meth addict in the last week of the month.  It’s also fair to say that the building is dysfunctional, and always has been.  Throw in a cadre of armchair architects who think it’s ugly, and you’re a falling window away from an angry torch-and-pitchfork parade.

But not everyone who gazes upon the Thompson Center’s pie chart curve and deconstructed colonnade breaks into a chorus of The Roof is on Fire.  Some people see value in the building; if not for its 80’s neon floating shapes design, then at least for its history, and what it’s come to mean to Chicago.

Not an actual Thompson Center logo. But in 1985, it might as well have been.

Not an actual Thompson Center logo. But in 1985, it might as well have been.

Filmmaker Nathan Eddy is apparently one of those sympathetic souls.  His 16-minute film Starship Chicago: A Film by Nathan Eddy paints the building so many people love to hate as an underdog, out of time in a ruthless era.

The film has all the things that a good modern architecture flick needs: Slow motion quadcopter footage.  Blobby newspaper archive photostats.  And an attention-grabbing opening.  In this case, it’s Chicago architecture elderstatesman Stanley Tigerman proclaiming, “I think it’s a piece of shit.”

The board of directors at international architecture preservation group Docomomo enjoyed the film, and awarded it this year’s Advocacy Award of Excellence.

When most preservation efforts are reactionary, Nathan Eddy has taken a unique and proactive approach and sparked much needed conversation and action before a building faces demolition. Starship Chicago is thoughtful, beautiful, informative, and engaging and brings to light what a powerful medium film can be.
– Docomomo US Board of Directors

The video is certainly worth seeing, in spite of its significant audio deficiencies.  You can do so here.

In the end, while Chicago is still Carl Sandburg’s “City of the Big Shoulders,” it is also a city of change.

The Thompson Center was erected and named for Governor Thompson at the height of his “Big Jim” era.  But Big Jim, like so many Illinois politicians, fell hard.  He did time for misusing his office — 18 counts, including racketeering and fraud.  Perhaps the impending demise of his namesake building is symbolic of the rise and fall of his public life.  And in an era where today’s good deeds are less important than yesterday’s sins, it may be just a sign of the times that a corrupt governor’s glass castle is erased from the skyline.

from Chicago Architecture https://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2018/05/02/video-advocating-for-thompson-center-preservation-wins-award/

Time Lapse Video Shows Construction of Hubbard221 and 412 North Wells

People ’round these parts love construction photos.  And the only thing people love better than a construction photo is 1,485 of them strung together in a 49½ second video.

Frame from construction video (via Hubbard Street Group)

Frame from construction video (via Hubbard Street Group)

The video below shows the construction of the residential building styled HUBBARD221 and the neighboring office building at 412 North Wells.  Both are a Hubbard Street Group/Centrum Realty joint designed by Hirsch Associates.

The 23-story residential tower opened five months ago, and is 65% leased.  It features 195 residences with the usual punchlist of amenities, plus a co-working space, a meditation lounge, and a pet spa. The  rooftop pool opens later this month, providing a perfect opportunity to try that all-bacon diet so you can squeeze into last year’s Speedo.

Studios from $1,800/month.  More information after the video.


HUBBARD221 + 412 N. Wells timelapse from HUBBARD STREET GROUP on Vimeo.

HUBBARD221 in Chicago’s River North Reaches 65 Percent Leased Milestone in 5 Months

195-unit luxury rental tower offers studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom plans in walkable location near transit

CHICAGO— Chicago-based Hubbard Street Group and co-developer Centrum Realty and Development today announced that HUBBARD221, a 195-unit luxury rental tower in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, is now 65 percent leased just five months after opening.

Located steps from the Merchandise Mart and popular shopping, dining and nightlife throughout River North, HUBBARD221 welcomed its first residents last November. The 23-story development offers apartments ranging in size from studios to three-bedroom penthouses, with rents starting at $1,800.

“While we knew the central location, upscale finishes and thoughtful design of HUBBARD221 would resonate with renters, the brisk pace of leasing, especially through the winter season, has exceeded even our highest expectations,” said Kage Brown, partner at Hubbard Street Group. “The full floor of amenities on the 21st level – with 12-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows that maximize city views – is a big differentiator. Residents also appreciate the planning and attention to detail that went into each unit, which is apparent in everything from the efficient layouts to the custom built-in closets that enhance functionality and livability.”

All apartments, including three models available for tour, showcase contemporary finishes such as gray-tone plank flooring; floor-to-ceiling windows; gourmet kitchens with two-tone Italian cabinetry, under-cabinet lighting, quartz countertops, porcelain backsplashes and stainless steel appliances; bathrooms with floating vanities and frameless glass showers; and custom closets. HUBBARD221 studios each feature a locally sourced and manufactured divider that separates the bedroom and living areas while also serving as a desk, bookshelf and storage space.

Shared outdoor amenities include a rooftop pool, hot tub, sun deck with cabanas, outdoor TVs and a fire pit – which will all debut in May. Indoor amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center with club-level equipment such as Peloton bikes; a meditation lounge and yoga studio with Fitness On Demand; party room with chef’s kitchen; co-working hub; dog run; and pet spa.

Hubbard Street Group also gave careful consideration to how individual amenities could be designed to flow naturally into each other in a way that maximizes flexibility, added Brown. This was achieved by adding elements like a sliding door between the co-working space and the entertainment suite.

“As more apartments come online, HUBBARD221 distinguishes itself by catering to renters who want more than just a community that checks all the boxes,” Brown said. “Not all amenity spaces are created equal, and HUBBARD221 truly raises the bar, enabling residents to work, play and entertain without leaving home.”

For more information, or to schedule a showing, call (312) 470-8106. Virtual tours are available on the property website: http://www.hubbard221.com.

About Hubbard Street Group:
Founded in 2016 by real estate veteran John McLinden, Hubbard Street Group LLC (HSG) is a real estate investment and development company that creates modern, lifestyle-oriented residential, retail and office developments, with a focus on urban infill sites. The partners at HSG are industry leaders in neighborhood-level development, capitalizing on hyperlocal market opportunities and working alongside community stakeholders to realize the vision for each project. McLinden is joined at HSG by partners Graham Palmer and Kage Brown. HSG’s portfolio includes properties developed by Chicago-based Centrum Partners, which McLinden co-founded and led as managing partner before forming HSG.

from Chicago Architecture https://www.chicagoarchitecture.org/2018/05/02/time-lapse-video-shows-construction-of-hubbard221-and-412-north-wells/