Glass and metal installation has begun at 920 N Wells Street, a 21-story mixed-use building in Near North Side. JDL, the same developer behind the nearby One Chicago, is behind this current structure and the broader North Union masterplan. This $1.3 billion, 8.1-acre mega-development will span multiple blocks of land once owned by the Moody Bible Institute.
JDL has partnered with Square Mile Capital and Intercontinental Real Estate to plan for a total of 2,656 residential units, 30,000 square feet of commercial space, and 2.5 acres of public spaces across North Union’s grounds. The last stages of the project will see buildings significantly taller than what currently exists in this corner of Downtown Chicago, with the tallest planned tower approaching 700 feet.
The 250-foot-tall 920 N Wells will house 238 residential units, 16 of which will be affordable. The distribution of unit sizes includes 42 studios, 134 one-bedrooms, 54 two-bedrooms, and 8 three-bedrooms. At the base, there will also be 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, accompanied by a garage with space for 207 bikes and 105 vehicles. Meanwhile, the rooftop will house a sprawling amenity deck and attached penthouse enclosure.
Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, the masterminds behind both 920 N Wells and North Union, have envisioned the current construction to include a stacked-volume massing wrapped in glass, metal, and recessed balconies.
Residents have several transportation options within reach, such as Divvy Bike stations, bus service for CTA Routes 22, 37, 66, 70, and 156 – all of which are located near the Brown and Purple Lines. The closet L station for the Red Line can be found at another Chicago station.
Just to the south, foundation work has also begun for North Union’s next two additions: an even taller 27-story mixed-use building at 868 N Wells Street and an adjacent five-story mass timber building at 232 W Chestnut Street.
Power Construction is leading construction as general contractor, with work expected to complete by 2023. The overall scheme is expected to fully complete by 2026.