A new tallest is coming to both Fulton Market and the broader West Loop as Crescent Heights recently proposed a 52-story skyscraper located at 420 N May Street. The structure will stand 600 feet, surpassing the nearby 900 Randolph Street that is already dominating the emerging western skyline. The mixed-use tower will house a total of 587 apartment units atop 3,100 square feet of retail and 339 total parking spaces.
There will be a wide array of unit sizes to choose from, including micro-apartments, studios, one-bedrooms, one-bedrooms + den, two-bedrooms, and three-bedrooms. There will also be a lofty 35,000 square feet of amenities, located atop the five-story podium.
For public transit access, Route 65 can be found via a four-minute walk north to the Grand & Aberdeen intersection. Routes 8 and 56 can also be accessed within a 10-minute walk northeast to the Halsted, Milwaukee & Grand intersection. Blue CTA Line trains are located at this same three-way intersection, while Green and Pink Lines are an eight-minute walk southwest to Morgan station.
The stepped design by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture features an anchoring tower section and a wider attached segment that steps down to the east. The facade, meanwhile, consists of multi-tone brickwork across the base section and a glass curtain wall along the tower. The taller anchored segment will also feature a serrated facade that will allow for wider views in non-corner units. The project will also integrate with an existing masonry building, keeping elements such as its water tower atop its roof.
The Committee on Design will be reviewing the proposal next month, while also requiring a zoning conversion to DX-5. An additional 3.1 FAR (8.1 in total) will also be required for the development to proceed. The remaining hurdles include approval from the Chicago Plan Commission, the Committee on Zoning, and City Council.
Set to go before the Committee on Design later this month, the proposal would rezone the site to DX-5 and use a 3.1 FAR bonus. The project will also go before the Chicago Plan Commission, Committee on Zoning, and City Council for full approval. A concrete completion date has not yet been set.