Glass and metal installation is now wrapping up for the 21-story 920 N Wells Street in Near North Side. Developed by JDL as part of the massive North Union megadevelopment, this primarily residential mixed-use building is the first step in what will be a $1.3 billion master plan covering several blocks of land previously owned by the Moody Bible Institute.
The tower at 920 N Wells Street will feature 238 residential units, including 16 designated as affordable housing, and a variety of unit sizes: 42 studios, 134 one-bedrooms, 54 two-bedrooms, and eight three-bedrooms. In addition to the residential offerings, the building will provide 8,000 square feet of ground-level retail space and a garage with capacity for 207 bikes and 105 vehicles. The tower’s rooftop will be adorned with a deck and a penthouse enclosure with extensive skyline views.
Designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, the tower rises from a uniquely hexagonal footprint, reaching 250 feet in height. Composed of stacked volumes and a glass and metal curtain wall, the building is a visually striking addition to the area. Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture is also responsible for designing the entire North Union development, which will eventually encompass 2,656 residential units, 30,000 square feet of commercial space, and 2.5 acres of public space, with some towers reaching up to 700 feet in height.
In terms of public transportation, the building’s location offers convenient access to various Divvy bike and scooter stations, as well as CTA bus service for Routes 22, 37, 66, 70, and 156. The nearest L service can be found at Chicago station, via a five-minute walk south, providing access to the Brown and Purple Lines.
Power Construction is serving as the general contractor for the project. As the first tower nears completion, construction is picking up the pace for two additional buildings within the North Union development: a 27-story mixed-use building at 868 N Wells Street and a five-story mass timber building at 232 W Chestnut Street. The new 920 N Wells tower is expected to complete later this year, while the entire North Union megadevelopment is expected to reach completion by 2026.