Caisson drills and other equipment can be seen at the site of 920 N Wells Street, which will give way to a new 19-story residential building in Near North Side. This new edifice will be the first step in a $1.3 billion mega development known as North Union. This masterplan will deliver nearly three million square feet of mixed-use space, while adding 2,656 new residential units to the Downtown area.
JDL is the developer, having played a major role in Near North Side’s transformation with other projects such as One Chicago, No 9 Walton, and the Jenga-like 640 N Wells Street. When it completes in the next decade, the planned mid-rises and skyscrapers measuring up to 700 feet will have a dramatic impact on Chicago’s skyline, adding a counterbalance that pushes its density further to the northwest.
As for this first step, 920 N Wells Street will stand 218 feet and yield 236 total units. Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA) has partnered with JDL to design the structure, which will have an elongated hexagonal footprint and will consist of a glass curtain wall facade. Collectively, HPA’s design for the North Union masterplan will employ a broad range of materials and massing types, reflecting the architectural variety seen throughout modern-day Near North Side.
Residents will be well positioned amongst existing transit infrastructure, such as the Brown and Purple Lines at Chicago CTA L station just a seven-minute walk south. In the near vicinity are also several bus options, with Routes 22, 37, 66, 70 and 156 all within a five-minute walk.
With Power Construction as the general contractor, permits for 920 N Wells Street have been filed and are currently processing. Following the building’s construction kickoff, the neighboring 878 N Wells Street will begin its ascent as well. A full completion of North Union is likely to extend into the early 2030’s.