Initial Details Revealed For Mixed-Use High-Rise in Near North Side

Current view onto site via Google Maps

Initial details have been revealed for a mixed-use development at 1565 N Clybourn Avenue in Near North Side. Sitting on the northeastern corner of the intersection with N Halsted Street, the proposal was announced in a recent newsletter from second ward alderman Brian Hopkins. The project is being developed by New York-based The Georgetown Company, though an architect is currently unknown.

Site context map via Google Maps

The relatively small roughly 12,000-square-foot site is currently occupied by a one- and two-story commercial building across the street from the Apple store and New City development. The existing structure was previously occupied by a Bank of America branch and is owned by The Georgetown Company. They also own the adjacent retail building with Design Within Reach as well as the four-story parking garage in the rear.

While not many details were revealed, we know the 158-vehicle parking garage will remain and the new building will rise 37 stories in height. This will easily place it at around or above 400 feet in height, surpassing the newly completed Foundry nearby which reaches 300 feet tall. The ground floor will contain 2,500 square feet of commercial space capped by 396 residential units, most likely made up of studios, one-, and two-bedroom layouts.

Current view onto site via Google Maps

Future residents will have near direct bus access to CTA Routes 8, 9, and 72 as well as the CTA Red Line North/Clybourn station. The developer will now conduct a community outreach meeting next week where further details will be revealed. The meeting is a requirement as the project applies to rezone the site from a B3-5 Community Shopping District to a Residential-Business Planned Development. At the moment no timeline is known.

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21 Comments on "Initial Details Revealed For Mixed-Use High-Rise in Near North Side"

  1. Please don’t ruin this for us, nimbys

  2. For real, this would be a great development. The area directly around N/C station lacks a surprisimg amount of density. Should be one of the most desireable places to live in the city. This would be a perfect start to fixing that.

    • Seriously,

      This place has great shops and a decent vibe (for the most part), but has such a buzz-kill by the car-centricism that pockets this area. Everytime I’m there, I always say how much better it could be with more density. It feels like parking lot galore.

      Please let this happen.

    • Agreed, this should be a very high density and very vibrant area. Most of the existing low intensity uses around the Clybourn red line station are so out of place (along with several always-empty parking lots). Like in many other countries/cities, I wish CTA could capture much of the revenue from developing greater density near transit station/bus stops. Why we’re so afraid of that in the US I’ll never understand. This could be a sustainable solution to the impending fiscal crisis coming.

      • “I wish CTA could capture much of the revenue from developing greater density near transit station/bus stops”

        Nobody gets rich from people taking the bus. The car industry makes billions of dollars of profit every year. You think Allstate and State Farm will be happy if people ditch cars for the CTA? They are two of the largest corporations in Illinois and wield a lot of power.

        • Mass transit is the local equivalent of social media. There are many people that pay real money to live in a vibrant and interesting place with many others. If CTA were the land owners around the busiest L and bus stations then absolutely CTA can get rich. Do a little searching for how Tokyo or Hong Kong’s transit authority is one of the wealthiest land owning entities around. This is also how they’ve afforded to build such amazing metro systems and moved way beyond the car.

    • Steve River North | November 30, 2023 at 11:12 am | Reply

      They need a Brown line stop at Dayton, run it on the tracks that parallel Bissell St.

      And/or no stoping/standing on Halsted from North Ave south to Harrison and put in a 24/7 bus lane each way?

  3. Please let this go through, extra density here is perfect. Hopefully this could start a movement of high density outside of the Loop/West Loop/River North

  4. Looking forward to seeing this built. Note this is not in Lincoln Park. This is the Near North community area, Goose Island neighborhood.

    • This will be exciting for sure, great to see this high rise node continue to grow. We have updated the article to say Near North Side rather than Lincoln Park

  5. Wow!! I am thrilled and squirming in anticipation of the potential for this corner, which I hope will be a counter balance to that movie theater cul-de-ball-sac mall travesty.


  7. This forum needs a motto: “If you build it, we will come”.

  8. Yes, North and Clybourn is basically one awful, gigantic strip mall. Yes, the area could and should absolutely be more dense and urban and pedestrian-centric. But isn’t a 37 story tower for this particular plot of land a teeny tiny extreme?

    • I wouldn’t use the word extreme, but to the extent it is “extreme” or “dramatic,” it is only by virtue of being the first transit-adjacent lot to [potentially] be developed this way and because of how underbuilt the area is in general. The area’s [re]construction should have long been matching and rising above the Yondorf Block and Hall building (1887). The current type of proposal epitomizes transit-oriented development and efficient land use and we could have logically, incrementally arrived at this 37-story height.

  9. I have it on very good authority that the Nimbys will be very displeased with the 37 story height, and opt instead to drop a supertall a-la-Brooklyn Tower right smack dab in Near North Side. Trust me.

  10. I hope this is another step in the transformation of the N/C corridor. Like others have said, this area is so car oriented. Even though it’s somewhat convenient to access, I rarely go over there because of the narrow sidewalks, high traffic speeds, and acres of parking lots. This area almost needs its own master plan by the city on how it should evolve from an auto centered no man’s land into a transit rich pedestrian friendly neighborhood. This would create the perfect transit and pedestrian connection to the Lincoln Yards and Goose Island developments.

  11. Woot density and transit oriented development! There should 100% be a Brown/Purple Line stop at this intersection that links to the North and Clybourn Red Line.

  12. Maybe this will be a catalyst for the strip mall next to CB2, Fifth Third Bank, former Vitamin Shoppe property, and Uncle Julio’s to get redeveloped …

  13. I am so excited to read all of these comments. I wish other areas in the city had this outpouring of support for density, affordable housing and transit served development.

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