Located between Navy Pier and the iconic Tribune Tower, this development will include a 48-story residential tower set atop a four story podium. The base will include parking, a dramatic residential lobby, leasing offices, and commercial lease space. Distinguishing itself from its context, the floor plan is derived from two angled ellipses that slide apart, permitting a conventional floor plan that beguiles the organic shape, orients windows towards select view corridors, and creates a striking presence. One edge of the tower will ground the southwest corner of the site highlighting the residential lobby and primary retail space. The tower’s glazing will flow to the base in a distinctive form, further enlivening the active Illinois Avenue entertainment and retail corridor.
The unit breakdown was initially heavily geared towards smaller units, reflecting the typical market demand for the wave of recently completed apartment towers throughout downtown. Residents at a recent community meeting encouraged developer Jupiter Realty to include a broader mix of unit sizes and floor plans in order to offer. a greater diversity of housing options in the building. In addition, some residents had asked that the profile remain as slender as possible to maximize natural light and air circulation around the tower.
The revised plan based on that feedback includes more three-bedroom units, while slimming down the tower’s profile. The apartment unit and parking counts remain the same at 444 rentals and 181 parking spaces respectively. However, in order to accommodate the design changes, the tower will gain two floors. The tower’s proposed height tops out at 535 feet, which may at this time not include any screen wall or decorative crown features which will architectural complete the top of the tower.
• POOL & CABANAS • LOUNGE WITH FIREPLACE • CLUB ROOM WITH BILLIARDS • SKY DECK • PRIVATE DINING ROOM • OUTDOOR GRILLING AREAS • FITNESS CENTER WITH SPIN & YOGA ROOM • DEMONSTRATION KITCHEN • DOG RUN & PET SPA • ON-SITE RETAIL
The base of the tower is expected to be mostly wrapped in retail space to create an inviting pedestrian experience along most of the tower’s three street frontages. An internal driveway through the south end of the podium will handle all ingress/egress traffic for the internal parking garage, as well as all loading dock facilities—ensuring that there will be no curb cuts along pedestrian heavy Illinois Street. As part of the project, the development team will also be rebuilding Odgen Park between Park Drive and Columbus Drive creating a more inviting open public space. As is common for rental projects, expect this one to move quickly once all approvals are in place and we can all say goodbye to another one of southern Streeterville’s diminishing supply of open lots.