Move-ins have begun for the completed AMLI 808, a 17-story mixed-use building at the corner of W Chicago Avenue and N Wells Street in Near North Side. AMLI is the developer of 808 N Wells Street, who has planned numerous other projects in Chicago such as the 49-story AMLI River North and AMLI Lofts in South Loop.
The recently opened development features nearly 6,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground level, with space for outdoor seating and 145 feet of frontage along Chicago Avenue and Wells Street. The residential portion houses a total of 318 apartments and a swath of amenities. Currently available units range from studios through two-bedrooms. Studio layouts fall between 385 and 585 square feet and start at $1,780. One-bedrooms range between 586 and 778 square feet and begin at $2,495, while two-bedrooms vary between 953 and 1,063 square feet and begin at $4,246.
Within each unit is an industrial-chic interior design, along with concrete ceilings up to 11 feet high, wood-style plank flooring, recessed LED lighting, and private terraces in some units. Kitchens and bathrooms come with modern fixtures and quartz countertops.
Outdoor resident amenities include a 17th-story sky terrace with a fire pit, lounge seating, and landscaping. Meanwhile, the 16th floor rooftop comes with an expansive pool and lounge area, as well as a kitchen and dining area, a pet area, and an herb garden. The extensive collection of indoor amenities offers two fitness centers, a bike storage and repair shop, a private dining room and kitchen, a Zen lounge, a juice bar, a DIY maker room, and a recording studio.
The design for the 225-foot-high tower is a collaboration between Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and NORR. The rectangular massing is enveloped in a red brick cladding and massive warehouse-inspired windows along the first six floors. The remaining floors are wrapped in a mix of aluminum mullions and metal spandrels, complementing the masonry base below. A metal parapet and green wall were originally included in renderings, though photos of the final product indicate that these elements were forgone.
With only 16 on-site parking spaces, the development is highly transit oriented, with bus access for Route 66 available at both the Chicago & Franklin and Chicago & LaSalle intersections, each within a minute’s walk from the site. Other bus options in close proximity consist of Routes 22, 37, and 156. Anyone looking to board the Brown or Purple CTA L lines will find Chicago station via a two-minute walk west.