Exciting changes are in the air in downtown Chicago. Construction on a new luxury high-rise is moving closer to completion on the northeast corner of Wabash and Randolph streets. Expected to open in January 2021, the shiny 26-story tower will house both apartments and condos.
It’s a welcome change to the neighborhood; bringing a modern facelift to the site of an old worn down parking garage.
Parkline is sure to have about a million awesome things that’ll make you want to move right in. But – one planned feature has me wondering – did these guys have a crystal ball? Get this: they’re incorporating a “touchless experience” at Parkline. This was planned well before any of us had heard the word “coronavirus” and now, it feels amazingly prescient and will be quite an in-demand feature in today’s Covid-19 weary world.
The touchless features will include automatic doors and FOB wave key access. The building will also have an ionizing HVAC system that filters dust, odors and viruses from the air. Clean freaks (like me!), rejoice!
Driving the Development
Behind the wheel of both developing and designing Parkline Chicago are Evanston-based Moceri + Roszak. Businessman Dan Moceri and architect Thomas Roszak are at the helm, which means we’re all in for a real treat.
The duo collaborated in recent years on the Loop’s luxury-boutique Linea Apartments as well as JeffJack Apartments in the West Loop. And with 30 years of experience in urban residential architecture, Roszak knows his stuff. He was even named one of the ”Top 20 Architects in the World” by Architectural Digest in 2005.
Parkline is on schedule to deliver 190 luxury apartments on the first 19 floors when the doors open to new renters. Construction on 24 condos, located on the highest floors, will wrap up a few months later.
Inside the Apartments
Parkline apartments will be a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. I expect to see the sleek and modern finishes residents have come to demand in luxury apartments in downtown Chicago, but I’m sure that Rosack and the team will put a fresh spin on all of it. Imagine plank wood flooring, stone countertops and floor-to-ceiling windows. And don’t forget about that touchless experience – how cool is that?! Little luxuries like top-brand stainless steel appliances and full-size in-unit washers and dryers are sure to come standard as well.
If a bit of fresh air is your idea of luxury, I have good news! It appears that balconies will be a prominent feature. West-facing units will have great views of the cityscape while east-facing units will be able to take in Lake Michigan and Millennium Park.
If you’re hoping for a stellar view of Chicago from your indoor living space, southeast corner units will likely have the best and least-obstructed views. It’ll also be pretty spectacular to live in one of the apartments with a birds-eye view of the Chicago Cultural Center. Its rooftop glass Tiffany domes are a Chicago landmark and are right across the street from Parkline.
Lush amenities and unique details will be in abundance inside and out. An outdoor cafe will grace the base as part of 6,400 square feet of commercial space on the ground level. Unique features include a large inset balcony on the fourth floor and an amazing living “green wall” that climbs vertically, facing Randolph Street.
Residents will also enjoy a 3,500 square foot grand lobby as well as enviable shared amenities like:
- Fitness Center
- Yoga studio
- Media lounge
- Pool and spa
- Outdoor terrace
- On-site parking garage
The Parkline’s awesome Loop location is a downtown dwellers dream. You’ve got loads of nearby fine dining, the Theater District, and several major shopping areas steps away. It’s a prime location for revved up entertaining and easy city living.
The energetic vibes of the area make it one of the city’s hottest spots to hang out and a coveted place to live too.
This location is super convenient for downtown workers, with all of the major city, state, and county municipal buildings within a short walk. Hundreds of other major business offices in Chicago’s downtown central business district are also within walking distance.
Parkline’s location is perfect for pets too and I expect this building to be very dog-friendly. With the city’s premier green space, Millennium Park just steps away, your dog will be one happy urban-pup! Just think – you and your dog could become music connoisseurs while enjoying free outdoor concerts at Jay Pritzker Pavilion!
Additional pedestrian-friendly outdoor space is super close too. The Chicago Riverwalk and Lake Michigan are stone’s throw away. Want a quiet patch of green space not frequented as much by crowds? Stroll over to the landscaped gardens and fountains tucked away at Lake Shore East Park, which is located a block north of the Cancer Survivors Garden at the northeast tip of Millennium Park.
Getting Around Town and Beyond
Whether you walk to work in the Loop or jump on public transit, you’ll find no shortage of transportation options near Parkline:
- CTA Randolph/Wabash elevated station: Green, Brown, Purple, Orange lines
- CTA State/Lake subway station: Red Line
- Bus stops for routes including 4, 20, 56, 60, 124 and 157
- Metra Millennium Station: South Shore Line or Metra Electric
- Lake Shore Drive: Access just a couple blocks east on Randolph
- Chicago Pedway: Underground walkway linking more than 50 buildings
Life’s Necessities Nearby
Pretty much everything you need to get through life is a quick ten-minute (or less!) walk from Parkline.
First things first – fresh coffee is always perking at Starbucks. Local good eats and sweet treats are abundant at Goddess and Baker Cafe as well as Toni Patisserie and Cafe. And, Walgreens, Target and Mariano’s grocery close by for everyday essentials.
Dine at one of the many eateries like Giordano’s Pizza, Cerise Rooftop, or City Winery on the Riverwalk. Then, call it a night in style with a cold one from Sweetwater Tavern & Grill or take in the jaw-dropping views at LH Rooftop, the outdoor bar atop the London House Hotel.
Neighborhood Conveniences and Highlights
- Mariano’s Grocery
- Block 37
- Art Institute Museum
- Millennium Park / Grant Park
- Lake Shore East Park
- Lake Michigan Lakefront Trail
- Chicago Riverwalk
- Sweetwater Tavern & Grille
- Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee
- Pittsfield Cafe
- Catch 35
- Goddess & the Baker
- Toni Patisserie & Cafe
- Rosebud Prime
- Giordano’s Pizza
- Garrett Popcorn Shop
- Theater District
Nearby Office Buildings and Higher Education
- State of Illinois Building
- City Hall
- Daley Center Cook County Building
- Prudential Plaza
- AON Center
- Two Illinois Center
- Harold Washington College
- John Marshall Law School
- Roosevelt University
- Columbia College
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