Claiming the second place in the Chicago YIMBY 2021 countdown is the east tower of One Chicago, which tops out at 971 feet tall in River North. As a part of One Chicago’s two-building complex whose west tower claimed the sixth place in the countdown, the structures replace a parking lot that once belonged to the Holy Name Cathedral across the street. Developer JDL teamed up with Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Goettsch Partners on the Art Deco-inspired skyscraper which also claims the eighth tallest spot in the skyline per CTBUH.
Recently the construction skip came down and the last few panels of glass are being put into place to fully enclose the massive structure which broke ground in 2019. The combined 2.1 million-square-foot development began delivery on its 735 apartments and 77 condominiums as it continues to complete the build-outs for its podium-level Whole Foods Market, Life Time Athletic Resort, restaurant, banquet hall, and office space.
In an uncommon move for the area, the east tower is set back from the sidewalk allowing for a small landscaped pedestrian plaza, which also pays respect to the historical church across the street from its main entrance. A stone clad lobby, lounges, and access to the parking garage and drop off area can be found on the first floor, with the One Chicago apartments occupying the floors above up to the first setback.
The One Chicago apartments offer designer finishes, minimum nine-foot eight-inch ceiling heights, Jennair appliances, custom laminate floors, and high-quality stone finishes. Floor plans will range from 797-square-foot one-bedrooms starting at $3,837 up to 2,211-square-foot three-bedrooms at $10,360, some apartments will feature private balconies, and some larger terraces.
Above those beginning on the 44th floor will be 77 condominiums occupying the remainder of the tower known as the One Chicago Residences. These units will feature sprawling skyline views, custom doors, O’Brien Harris-designed kitchens, Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and up to 15-foot-tall ceilings. Floor plans will range from 1,271-square-foot one-bedrooms starting at $1.75 million up to a 10,000-square-foot, two-story, five-bedroom penthouse at $28 million with private balconies and terraces as well.
Future residents of One Chicago will have access to extensive amenities including a club room, golf simulator, demonstration kitchen, dog park, and a guest suite, all residents will also get passes to the Life Time Athletic Resort which will offer indoor and outdoor pools, spa facilities, and countless classes and equipment.
As the $850 million construction led by Power Construction, which implemented a top-down construction technique to build the foundation and 1,100-parking-space garage comes to a close, the tower is already leaving its mark in the skyline.