Construction has topped out for 609 W Randolph Street, a 15-story mixed-use development near the heart of West Loop Gate.
Planned by Vista Property Group and spanning over 100,000 feet, the 211-foot-tall tower is set to house 1,770 square feet of ground-level retail and office use on the remaining 14 floors. The base of the project will also restore and integrate a late 19th-century masonry building, while the new construction will replace a former parking lot.
Tenant features will involve a 20-foot-high ceiling spans in the lobby, sweeping views of the city, and an amenity level with a lounge, meeting rooms, a fitness center, and locker rooms on the 15th story, and an outdoor terrace facing north.
Envisioned by Antunovich Associates, the new structure will complement its existing masonry neighbor with a modern industrial design. A portion of the base will be enveloped by truss-like metal bracing, while the primary facade materials will vary between brick and metal paneling. Meanwhile, the floor-to-ceiling warehouse-inspired windows will be lined with dark metal accents.
The transit-oriented development will not include parking, though tenants and visitors will find a variety of nearby transit options. Buses 20, 56, 120, 125, and J14 are all accessible within a five-minute walking radius, while L service can be found for the Green and Pink Lines via a four-minute walk northeast to Clinton station. For the Metra and other train lines, Ogilvie Transportation Center lies within a three-minute walk east.
While 609 W Randolph is by no means the tallest building in the area, it offers additional density as the high-rise construction trend continues westward across the river and the Kennedy Expressway. Skender is the general contractor, and an official opening date is expected for early 2022.
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I’ve probably been more excited about this building during this cycle than a lot of other bigger, more prominent projects. I love it because it demonstrates what can be done with these smaller vacant lots. Fingers crossed for quality masonry work.