Glass installation and exterior work is progressing for the 11-story Gateway Apartments building, situated at 2050 W Ogden Avenue in the Illinois Medical District. There will be just under 10,000 square feet of ground-floor mercantile space, along with 161 dwelling units on the upper floors. Apartments will range from studios up through two-bedroom residences.
Rising 108 feet above street level, this new mixed-use edifice is set to house and integrate with a larger masterplan knows The Gateway. This broader 10-acre scheme has been planned by East Lake Management & Development, alongside AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust as financial partner. With the Gateway Apartments as the second phase, the first phase of The Gateway has already been completed, consisting of two single-story retail structures, as well as a central plaza and sculpture denoting the main entrance. The third stage of this development will be a six-story, 135-key Hilton Hotel directly to the north.
The building’s amenities package comes with a rooftop pool and penthouse lounge, additional indoor lounge space, a fitness room, a game room, and a business center. On-site transportation accommodations include bike storage and parking for 77 vehicles.
The design by Piekarz Associates involves a material palette of glass, aluminum composite paneling, and columns of recessed balconies on each side. The ground level will be wrapped in a glass storefront system with dark metal trimmings, while the top level will be punctuated by both the amenity penthouse enclosure and an outdoor trellis.
Closest bus transit is available for Route 50 via a minute-walk northeast to Damen & Ogden. Also within five minutes’ walking distance are Routes 7 and 126 to the northeast, along with Routes 12 and 157 to the south. Closest CTA L service is available for the Blue Line via Illinois Medical District station, a seven-minute walk northeast. The Pink Line at Polk station is within walking distance as well, a nine-minute walk east.
In total, the construction cost for this high rise is $50 million, with Global Builders Inc serving as general contractor. A move-in date for the apartments is set for this year.