Caisson work can be seen on the two adjacent sites at 868 N Wells Street and 232 W Chestnut Street, where developer JDL has planned the second and third installations to their North Union mega development. The scope of this larger $1.3 billion masterplan include more than 2.9 million square feet of space, 2,656 residences, an abundance of new commercial units, and 100,000 square feet of public areas.
The taller 27-story building at 868 N Wells Street will include 428 residential units atop 12,000 square feet of retail. The glass structure, designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture will have a north-facing setback on its 20th floor. This provides private terrace space and creates a tapering effect. An inset amenity penthouse and a spacious rooftop deck will be included on its uppermost level.
Much like its rapidly rising neighbor at 920 N Wells Street, the 305-foot structure will rise from a hexagonal floor plate, and be clad in a mix of floor-to-ceiling windows and white metal accents.
Meanwhile at 232 W Chestnut Street, there will be a five-story mass timber low rise, which will house a total of 23 units. At 70 feet, this shorter building is also designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and will be outwardly expressed as both timber and steel.
The two sites are located amongst several transportation options. Multiple Divvy bike stations are available within a two-minute walk, while bus service for Routes 22, 37, 66, 70, and 156 are all within a 10-minute walk. Brown and Purple Lines service for the CTA is also available at Chicago station via a six-minute walk south from 868 N Wells’ southwest corner. Those looking for Red Line service will find the second Chicago station via an 11-minute walk southeast.
Both of these projects are expected to wrap up next year. Power Construction is overseeing both’s construction, with work for the overall North Union scheme to complete by 2026.