The third building at the North Union mega development at 232 W Chestnut Street in the Near North Side continues to undergo foundation work. Situated at the intersection with N Franklin Street, the five-story mass-timber structure is being developed by JDL is designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. The programming will comprise of a total of 23 residential units.
The 70-foot building will be the first modern example of mass-timber construction in Chicago, marking the city’s transition to the International Building Code (IBC) and joining other cities like Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Atlanta in utilizing this sustainable construction approach. The structure will use prefabricated beams and columns made of glue laminated sheets of wood, requiring less concrete for its foundations. Ground-floor features will include a small lobby and a large bike parking room, while the exterior will be clad in charcoal extruded frames with a prominent cross bracing structure. Residential units, meanwhile, will be accompanied by large inset and cantilever balconies.
Public transportation access will be available through bus service for CTA Routes 37, 66, 70, and 156, as well as the CTA Brown Line at Chicago station, all within a five-minute walk. Additionally, the Red Line is a 10-minute walk from the site. Residents will also have access to parking in the surrounding North Union towers.
Power construction is serving as general contractor for 232 W Chestnut, which is expected to complete construction in 2024. North Union as a whole has a targeted completion date of 2026.