YIMBY has construction photo updates of 1125 W Van Buren Street, now structurally topped out on the southern edge of West Loop, just north of Interstate 290.
The site, adjacent to the corner of W Van Buren Street and S Aberdeen Street, has a variety of nearby transit access, including a Route 126 bus stop at that same intersection, as well as a Divvy Bike station and bike lane along W Jackson Boulevard towards the loop one block north. CTA L access includes the Blue Line on Racine Station and UIC-Halsted Station, a three-minute walk southwest and a five-minute walk southeast respectively. Other points of interest include the University of Illinois at Chicago main campus which is a six-minute walk south, as well as Greektown, an eight-minute walk east.
According to Curbed Chicago, the tower will stand 24 stories and accommodate 200 apartments. The developer, Tandem Partners, additionally plans for ground-floor retail and an amenities package spread across the second and 24th floors. As far as parking, only seven spots will occupy the site.
Designed by Antunovich Associates, the rectangular massing will be accompanied by a highly textured facade consisting of inset balconies, mullions, spandrels, and metal beams arranged in an intricate, checkered pattern. Additionally, the first-floor base of the building will include masonry external walls. A set-back strip around the middle of the tower was reportedly cancelled earlier this year.
The project’s massing demonstrates a continuing progression of high rises popping up in West Loop, both in the north around the Fulton Market neighborhood, as well as near 1125 W Van Buren itself west of Greektown.
With a little less than a year before its planned mid-2021 opening, construction on the residential development appears on target.
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