The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the mixed-use development at 640 W Randolph Street in West Loop Gate. Located on the northwest corner of the intersection with N Des Plaines Street, the slim proposal will be replacing a surface parking lot and joining a row of brick-clad commercial buildings near the highway. The team of Vista Property Group and designers Antunovich Associates is back after working on 741 N Wells and 609 W Randolph nearby, utilizing a similar design language.
Going up to the property line on all four sides of the 81-foot-wide site, the slender tower will rise 15 stories and 225 feet in height. The ground floor will be anchored by a 2,500-square-foot corner retail space and joined by a small lobby, bike room, and ramp to the parking garage above. The second floor will hold 19-vehicle parking spaces with shortest ceiling height of all of the floors, above this will be 117,000 square feet of office space offered on floors three thru 14 with small corner terraces alternating on each floor.
This will allow west-facing terraces to have a two-story clearance before the bottom of the next one. Tenants will also have access to a large top floor amenity floor with a fitness center, lounge, breakout rooms, and a large rooftop terrace facing south. Most of the structure will be clad in a semi-reflective glass facade similar to 741 N Wells with small panels to mimic an industrial aesthetic, with dark metal spandrels separating the floors. The westernmost portion of the tower around the core will be covered in brick with wood on the underside of the balconies.
Users of the boutique Transit-Oriented-Development (TOD) will have bus access to CTA Routes 20, 56, 120, and 156, CTA Pink and Green Lines Clinton station, as well as Ogilvie Station all within a five-minute walk. The approval is one of a few more it will require prior to a groundbreaking. Although no construction timeline has been revealed, we know W.E. O’Neil Construction will serve as the project’s contractor.