An exterior transformation is taking shape at 600 N Dearborn Street in River North, where a 21-story condominium building known as The Farallon is being repainted from a light beige to a dark gray. The current work will visually distinguish the 161-unit tower from a deluge of other postmodern buildings that sprout up around the turn of the century.
The Magellan Development-owned edifice was originally built in 2001, having been designed by Loewenberg Architects and costing just under $40 million to construct. The nearly 270,000-square-foot structure is anchored by 8,600 square feet of retail, with 161 residential units on its upper floors. The design features a series of curved bays and recessed balconies, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows and the aforementioned painted concrete facade.
Residing at the corner of Dearborn and Ohio Streets, residents within The Farallon will find various nearby transit options, such as bus stops for Routes 22, 36, 65, 125, and 156 all within two blocks of the property. Closest CTA L trains can be found via a five-minute walk northeast to the Red Line at Chicago station, while the Chicago station for the Brown and Purple Lines is available via a six-minute walk northwest.
As noted by a recent Urbanize Chicago article, the current repainting follows a growing trend of other “de-beiging” initiatives like West77 Apartments and 340 W Superior. These kinds of projects will help continue to steer Near North Side away from a monolithic urbanscape.