Exterior work is wrapping up on the topped-out, 41-story residential tower at 369 W Grand Avenue, dubbed “The Grand” in River North. The project is both developed and constructed by Onni Group, and designed by Brininstool + Lynch. YIMBY last reported on the development in August when facade work was still needed on the top nine floors, four of which have since been completed.
Onni has planned 365 total apartments, although some sources cite a total of 356 units for the 532,900-square-foot building. The design is a rectangular tower massing on top of a five-story podium. The podium will have multiple programming functions, including retail, parking, and a portion of the apartments. The number of on-site parking spaces vary between 250 and 261 spaces.
Above the podium on the sixth floor are a variety of amenities, including indoor space in the tower portion and an expansive outdoor terrace on top of the podium structure with a dog park area.
Brininstool + Lynch’s design for the tower combines a modern interpretation of structural expressionism with visible columns draped in a contemporary glass curtain wall. The structure contains an ample collection of inset balconies that culminate with expansive open space carved out of the top three penthouse floors.
Located near the southeast corner of River North, The Grand is in close proximity to major downtown landmarks including Merchandise Mart and the Wolf Point Complex, both around a five-minute walk south. Nearby transit includes the Orleans & Grand bus stop, serviced by Routes 37 and 125. Route 65 can also be accessed via Grand & Kingsbury and Grand & Franklin, a three-minute walk both west and east, respectively. CTA L access nearby includes a seven-minute walk southeast to the Merchandise Mart station, serviced by the Brown and Purple Lines.
Construction photos show exterior work rapidly approaching completion, with a full opening scheduled for 2021.
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