With most of the exterior work nearing a conclusion, the final look of the 15-story 609 W Randolph Street is materializing in West Loop Gate. Most of the remaining glass has been installed since YIMBY’s last update, and the only major architectural feature awaiting installation is a series of V-shaped metal trusses clinging to the third through fifth floors.
Developed by Vista Property Group, the scope of this mixed-use development involves the construction of the aforementioned 211-foot high rise, as well as the refurbishment of an adjacent five-story masonry building originally built in the late 19th century. Interior programming involves ground-level retail and boutique office space on the upper floors. These offices will also be accompanied by an impressive number of amenities and features within the high rise’s 100,000 square feet. These include a 20-foot-high lobby, expansive windows with dramatic skyline views, and a 15th-floor amenity penthouse with a lounge space, meeting rooms, a fitness center with locker areas, and a north-facing terrace.
Antunovich Associates, the architect behind the nearly completed project, has envisioned a design that echoes the architectural aesthetic of the surrounding neighborhood with a robust brick and metal palette. Also adding to this industrial-inspired look are warehouse-styled windows and the to-be-installed truss pieces. Meanwhile, the facade of the original building just to the east will retain its 1890s-era decorative brick facade.
The development is connected by a range of public transportation options, such as bus Routes 20, 56, 120, 125, and J14 all within a five-minute walking radius. As far as rail service, the CTA L Green and Pink Lines are a four-minute walk northeast to Clinton station, while the Metra can be found via a five-minute walk east to Ogilvie Transportation Center. Further south at Union Station is additional rail service for both the Metra and Amtrak.
Skender is serving as the general contractor is serving as the general contractor. Completion and move-ins are on track to wrap up early next year.