Welcomes to Chicago YIMBY’s year-end countdown. Now in its third year, we invite you to come back every day this month as we count down new tall developments populating our skyline. Similar to years past, we will showcase 31 projects across the city in alignment with our sister sites like New York YIMBY. Qualifications for this year’s list are similar to last and follow as such:
- Stages of construction: The earliest a project can be featured is if foundation work has begun, with having completed its work within the last two months being the latest.
- Use: Must be for day-to-day use for citizens, cannot include things like antenna towers.
- Renovations: Only if the work being done is extensive to both interior and exterior.
- Heights: Measured to the architectural top.
Kicking off this year’s countdown is Lincoln Yard’s 1229 W Concord Place in West Town. Snagging last year’s 30th place, this year it falls back one spot with its 144-foot height on the intersection with N Throop Street. The project is the first phase of the mega development which recently revealed its plans for the next phases of work to the north of the project, all of which is being led by Sterling Bay, with Gensler working on this building’s design.
With exterior work wrapping up in November and some of the landscaping starting, this will be the last time Lincoln Yards’ 1229 W Concord appears on our countdown with its rapid build-out timeline. Spread across its nine floors is 320,000 square feet of usable space of which nearly 90 percent will be dedicated to Class A medical research labs, in order to meet the rising trend of biomedical research and tech seen across the city with others like Fulton Labs aiming to take a piece of the pie.
Featuring a small riverwalk and park on its east side, the ground floor will boast a double-height lobby anchored by a placemaking spiral staircase off of a new cul-de-sac road. The remaining space within will be dedicated to a fitness and wellness center, tenant lounge, event center with a stage, and a small conference center. The office floors can be subdivided if needed and include outdoor balconies on each for added outdoor space, offering views in all directions as it’s currently the tallest structure in the vicinity.
Clad in a clear-blue tint curtain wall, the two-section massing features angled metal panel spandrels and vertical panels on its southern facade to help with sun exposure and cooling, while the northern section is unobstructed. As Power Construction finishes the final details on the $125 million project, leasing efforts have begun in order to attract Lincoln Yard’s first tenants with work set to start soon on the next phases of the mega-development.
Check back tomorrow to see what project is crowned the 30th tallest development under construction this year. We’d also like to thank all of our readers for their support over the last few years and for helping the site grow.