Twin-Building Development “HUGO” Passes Third Floor in River North

411 W Chicago Avenue (front) and 751 N Hudson Avenue (rear)411 W Chicago Avenue (front) and 751 N Hudson Avenue (rear). Rendering by NORR Architects

Structural work on HUGO, LG Development‘s two-building project in River North, has now surpassed the third-floor mark. The development, comprising of two separate buildings at 751 N Hudson Avenue and 411 W Chicago Avenue, is expected to be completed in 2023.

HUGO. Photo by Jack Crawford

HUGO. Photo by Jack Crawford

HUGO will bring 227 new apartments to the neighborhood, as well as 19,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The two nine-story buildings will be nearly adjacent to one another, separated by an existing low-rise masonry building. Combined, the mixed-use edifices will span 230,000 square feet.

HUGO Development

HUGO Development. Rendering by NORR Architects

Of the 227 apartments, 134 will be housed within 751 N Hudson Avenue, which will also come with amenities such as a fitness center, a penthouse lounge and deck, a dog run, and a co-working area. Atop its podium will also be a pool deck with cabanas, grilling stations, and fire pits. The 93 remaining residences in the 411 W Chicago Avenue building will have their own unique amenities, such as a second-level sundeck with an outdoor kitchen and fire pits.

HUGO. Photo by Jack Crawford

HUGO. Photo by Jack Crawford

751 N Hudson Avenue

751 N Hudson Avenue. Rendering by NORR Architects

The architecture firm NORR has designed metal and masonry facades for both buildings, lined with dark metal accents and private recessed balconies for select units. The 126-foot-tall development will be a major addition to the Chicago Avenue corridor. It will be one of the tallest buildings in the area, and it will add much-needed density to the area. This will help to spur further growth and redevelopment in the area.

HUGO. Photo by Jack Crawford

HUGO. Photo by Jack Crawford

Across both buildings will be 108 parking spaces, six of which will be set aside as surface parking for the retail component. The closest bus stop is for Route 66 at the intersection of Chicago and Hudson. Slightly further east is the Route 37 bus stop, which has service to Orleans and Chicago. For those looking to take the L train, Brown and Purple Line service is available at Chicago station via a five-minute walk east.

HUGO. Photo by Jack Crawford

HUGO. Photo by Jack Crawford

The project is expected to cost $100 million in total, with construction costing $80 million. LG Development’s construction arm, LG Construction, will serve as the general contractor on the project. A completion is currently anticipated for the third quarter of 2023.

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7 Comments on "Twin-Building Development “HUGO” Passes Third Floor in River North"

  1. Steve River North | August 14, 2022 at 9:34 am | Reply

    Jack, first paragraph completion date says 2020. LOL

  2. Jack, I am curious as to why the extant uninspiring masonry building was not torn down so it could be one continuous new building?

    • A good question, that building is actually a separate property not within the HUGO plans. I’m not 100% sure if LG tried to buy it or if their plans were always for two separate structures

  3. Looks like the Cabrini projects that used to be across the street from the place. If LG is building this, they will find a way make it uglier than the rendering (whose is hard to do). Horrible , trash, hope it gets stuck for financing reasons.

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