Ranking #14 in YIMBY’s year-end construction countdown is 160 N Elizabeth Street, a 27-story mixed-use tower progressing in the final steps of its facade installation. Located in the west end of the Fulton Market District and developed by Moceri + Roszak, the 293-foot-tall building, now named “Fulbrix,” will feature 9,000 square feet of retail space and 375 rental units. In accordance with the ARO planning regulations, 20 percent of these units will be affordably priced and include a variety of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences, many of which will boast private balconies.
Residents will be provided with a sprawling amenity deck, featuring a pool, lawn area, and comfortable lounge seating. Furthermore, a fitness center and co-working space will be available, as well as additional outdoor decks located on the 16th and 27th floors. Parking for 144 vehicles will be located within the podium and a bike room with 160 bike bays will also be provided.
Thomas Roszak Architecture’s design for the building features a stepped rectangular mass with various setbacks and terraces, topped with a reflective glass facade that is contrasted by orange metal panels. The podium is clad in brick and has a glass storefront system, further adding to the building’s aesthetic. This combination of materials and design elements creates a striking visual impact that is sure to be admired.
The CTA L’s Green and Pink Lines are located eight minutes from Morgan station by foot, while Route 20 bus service is a six-minute walk south of Morgan station. This western end of the Randolph corridor is becoming an increasingly dense hotspot for retail and restaurants as more and more residential projects are delivered.
Clark Construction is leading the build as general contractor, with all work expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2023.
Countdown Comparison Corner (15th and 14th Spots)
Now that we’re past the halfway mark in the countdown, we will be adding a bonus section at the end of each article. We will be comparing the tallest 15 Chicago projects to New York’s tallest 15, as our sister site New York YIMBY conducts its own year-end countdown. Going forward, the latest project for each city will be added to a 3D comparison diagram. We will add one more element to this section showing what each New York entry would look like in place of Chicago’s. One thing will be very apparent right away: New York has much taller towers than Chicago currently under construction. However, the section should still serve as a barometer for how Chicago’s construction stacks up against America’s tallest city.
To kick off this exercise, we will start with both the 15th and 14th spots in the countdown:
Complementing Chicago’s 15th-place 410 S Wabash is Kushner Real Estate Group’s One Journal Square in Jersey City, rising 260 and 710 feet, respectively. As shown in New York YIMBY’s countdown article, Kushner’s plans include a twin-tower scheme atop a podium base with 40,000 square feet of retail.
The towers themselves will hold 1,723 units and come with an array of amenities atop the podium. Woods Bagot is serving as the architect, while ADJ construction is serving as general contractor. Completion is expected for 2026.
As for 14th place, the counterpart to today’s 293-foot Fulbrix is a 731-foot tower at 43-30 24th Street in Long Island City. Developed by Carmel Partners and currently undergoing excavation, the skyscraper will house 931 residential units atop 17,400 square feet of ground-level retail. With Hill West Architects behind the design and Carmel Construction East as general contractor, completion is also expected for 2026.
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I love the comparison diagrams!!! So awesome!!!
Loving the diagrams… Looking foward to how it looks with all of the top 15 for Chicago and NYC.
Thank you! I have it built out already and it’s going to get pretty wild
Chicago is falling behind not only NYC but Miami and Austin too since these cities now ideally have multiple supertall in the pipeline while there is no such plan (except Tribune East (which I do not think is going to happen)) in sight for Chicago. Even if we compare top 15 being built in Chicago to Miami, we’re gonna fall well short. I think we should stop comparing ourselves to NYC, it’s way ahead to catch up to now.
Hopefully once the condo market improves we should see taller proposals – I think the current lull in height is more of a medium-term issue
@Jack Genuinely curious, do you think the condo market is up for a rebound in the coming years? The property taxes coupled with negative publicity around crime isn’t boding well for the demand and I’m afraid there is not much being done about any of those two things.
Definitely still speculation from me and I’m sometimes overly optimistic about these kinds of things, but I think macro-factors like the lowering of the fed rate once inflation cools will cause a shift in momentum that will outweigh the local factors for a period of time. I also think that the local factors you mentioned will reach a political boiling point that will force changes in policy. Again these are simply predictions that could happen in 3 years or 8 years, but I’m bullish there will be a positive shift
The validity of your comment is out the window with saying Austin is pulling ahead of Chicago. Austin could build 20x the buildings as Chicago for 3 decades and it still wouldn’t be close. Austin has a few ugly taller proposals and is a hot market right now, but it’s far more comparable to what Denver was 10 years ago vs a primary tier us city. It’s like comparing Milwaukee to Chicago.
I was more talking about current developments and you simply cannot deny the fact that the new development pipelines in Miami and Austin are a lot more exciting than Chicago (I’m myself sad to say this but it’s true.)
@build_tall_chicago We build density, they build for show. You ever walk along these buildings in Miami? It’s a yawnfest. Boring. All tall, no walkability or storefronts. All condos. Austin is popping right now because Texas is cheap. Soon, Austin will be more expensive than Chicago. Once we build enough of these medium size buildings, the tall ones will come to finish off the one story buildings left in this area. Try looking at the big picture. We’re not falling behind. We’re prepping.