The Old Post Office has announced the completion of The Meadow, a 3.5-acre rooftop park on its 13th story. The outdoor experience stretches the entirety of the building, spanning three city blocks long and one city block wide. Located at 433 W Van Buren Street in West Loop Gate, the Old Post Office stretches across multiple blocks along S Canal Street, from W Van Buren Street to W Harrison Street. The I-290 Eisenhower Expressway runs through the building to merge into Congress Parkway. 601W Companies is the developer behind the project.
The rooftop park is a milestone achievement for the 2.5 million-square-foot restoration and repositioning project. The reimagined Old Post Office opened in November 2019, with 80 percent of the building leased within 18 months to tenants including Uber, Walgreens, Ferrara Candy Co., HomeChef, and Cboe.
The project showcases a basketball court, native plantings, a bistro and bar area, and a running/walking track, among other features. The rooftop park is designed to offer tenants choice in spaces to meet, exercise, entertain, or to simply relax and enjoy the Chicago skyline in a verdant setting.
Designed by Gensler and Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects with BEAR Construction as the general contractor, the rooftop park provides tenants with a variety of health and wellness experiences in the midst of natural elements, creating an unparalleled greenspace experience lifted high above Ida B. Wells Drive at the gateway to Chicago.
The scope of the project construction encompasses six acres of rooftop space, including the 3.5-acres of amenity space with 22,000 square feet of concrete pavers, 288 truckloads of topsoil, 5,000 cubic yards of geofoam fill, and more than 35,000 plants.
The completion of the rooftop park marks the final delivery of tenant amenities which include an 18,000-square-foot fitness center, a tenant lounge and bar, a speakeasy style hidden bar named The Vault, a quiet heads-down workspace called The Library, and an ample conference center. Upcoming for The Old Post Office is a creative district, featuring a food hall and music venue, that will function as a public centerpiece for the building and spill out into the greater Loop beyond.