Initial Details Revealed For Residential Conversion At 79 W Monroe Street In The Loop

Current image of 79 W Monroe Street via LoopNet

Initial details have been revealed for the partial residential conversion of 79 W Monroe Street in The Loop. Located on the southeast corner with S Clark Street across the street from the famed Chase Tower and its plaza, the vintage building is one of the first projects within that may tap into funds from the recently announced LaSalle Street Reimagined initiative. Still in its early planning phases, the project comes to us from locally-based R2 Companies, who led the efforts for the Salt Shed, and a European family advised by investment firm Foursee.

Current image of 79 W Monroe Street via LoopNet

The 14-story nearly 200-foot-tall structure was built in the early 1900s to serve as the headquarters for the Bell Federal Insurance Company for several years prior to their demise, leaving behind the famed bell on the corner of the first floor. R2 fully bought it in 2018 after multiple smaller transactions for a total of $38 million and early this year sold the first six floors to the aforementioned family for $40 million, who have now acquired the remaining eight floors for $8.2 million, retaining R2 as the property manager.

Seventh floor office plan of 79 W Monroe Street via R2 Companies

Those first floors have long-term leases signed with Walgreens and a private school, but that leaves roughly 80,000 square feet in the upper floors the family is seeking to redevelop, hoping to tap into city funds to do so. With office demand slower to recover, the developer plans to convert them into nearly 100 residential units as demand continues to rise and The Loop moves towards a 24/7 neighborhood according to Crain’s Business. With floor plates ranging from 12,000 to 14,000 square feet each, the apartments will offer plenty of amenity spaces and views into the city.

Current image of 79 W Monroe Street via R2 Companies

The 199,824-square-foot brown and red brick building has leases signed through to 2045, and the city program will provide preference for those not displacing existing commercial businesses. Future residents will be within a five-minute walk from every CTA line as well as multiple buses to help them move through the city as there will be no parking offered. The plans are still preliminary with no design firm confirmed yet to be leading the restructuring efforts, no construction timeline has been announced, but applications for the city initiative are due by December 23rd.

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5 Comments on "Initial Details Revealed For Residential Conversion At 79 W Monroe Street In The Loop"

  1. Coastal Elitist | November 18, 2022 at 9:11 am | Reply

    “…there will be no parking offered”


  2. This needs to happen again and again. IMHO, nothing will bring more sustainable vibrancy to Chicago than turning the Loop into a fully mixed-use neighborhood with all shops, services, restaurants one could ever need, present.

    • Facts! Tired of walking around downtown and it’s just tumbleweeds. We need the Loop to return to its vibrant self again.

  3. Awesome, hoping this is a good template for future redevelopment!

  4. Kenneth Williams | December 30, 2022 at 2:14 am | Reply

    This is more of what I’d like to see in The Loop:Mostly vacant mid-rise classic brick-and-mortar buildings being repurposed into residential communities of their own with more amenities like swimming pools,spas,community/ game/laundry/bike/storage rooms, fitness rooms,home theaters,etc. The grand lobbies,elevators, and stairways should all be restored to their former glory.

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