The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a proposed residential development at 4600 N Marine Drive in Uptown. The project site is bound by N Marine Drive to the east, W Wilson Avenue to the south, N Clarendon Avenue to the west, and Weiss Hospital parking to the north. The property is currently a surface parking lot owned by Weiss Hospital. The developer behind the proposition is Lincoln Property Company.
Designed by Valerio Dewalt Train, the new construction would consist of a 12-story entirely residential building. Rising 159 feet, the structure will hold 314 residential units with no retail space. The apartments will be a breakdown of studios, one-, and two-bedroom residences. Additionally 136 parking spaces will be included in the podium.
The design utilizes a U-shaped massing similar to a courtyard shape perched on a two-story podium. The enclosure consists of a face organized using a two-story grid that is articulated with architectural detailing that creates depth.
The residential lobby is positioned at the southeastern corner at the intersection N Marine Drive and W Wilson Avenue. The entry is setback creating a void with a brick element framing the entrance. An entrance plaza is included with built-in seating and plantings. The exterior will use a cladding of face brick, metal panel, glazing, and wood veneer rainscreen.
The podium elevation along W Wilson Avenue will utilize a variety of architectural materials and detailing to enhance the pedestrian experience along the sidewalk. Architectural details extend from the amenity deck down to ground level. The main lobby and bike room will face W Wilson Avenue along the eastern end of the elevation, with parking fronting the rest of the southern elevation. Outdoor amenities will top the podium on level three, with residential units spanning between floors three through 12. The tower will be topped with more amenity space on the 12th floor.
The east and west legs of the tower use a similar expression and material palette, with egress stairs terminating at the southern ends, clad in glass. A second plaza is located at the exit of the western egress stairs. Designed as a four-sided building, the exterior has been designed in the round, keeping a consistent architectural expression and materiality on all four facades. Private balconies will be placed at the corners for corner two-bedroom units.
The development will meet sustainability requirements by exceeding energy code, installing working landscapes, planting trees, installing green roofs, reducing indoor water use, providing EV charging stations, installing a CTA digital display, and ensuring 80 percent construction waste diversion. The plan will meet ARO requirements by providing 8 units on site at or below 60 percent of the area median income, with a $3 million fee in lieu payment for the remaining obligation of 23 units. These funds will be directed to the Sarah’s Circle affordable housing project also located in the 46th Ward.
The approximately $90 million development will now require approvals from the zoning committee and Chicago City Council. An official timeline for construction has not been determined.