Connect

Real Estate Blog:

A rendering of new West Loop apartments 900 West Randolph
Rendering of a new apartment high-rise expected to open in the West Loop in 2023. Image: Chicago Department of Planning and Development/Morris Adjmi Architects.

Chicago’s West Loop has something spectacular headed its way. A new bold and soaring 43-story high rise – which is expected to break ground in 2021 – will soon stand at 170 North Peoria Street and 906 West Randolph Street. 

The 495-foot mixed-use tower has been dubbed 900 West Randolph, but may wind up with a different moniker by the time construction is done. It’s set to include up to 300 new apartments which will certainly be a welcome addition in the booming West Loop

What makes this new building different from other West Loop luxury apartments will be its towering height and super-cool architectural details. And, as the tallest building west of Halsted Street, the views are set to be the most striking in the neighborhood. 

The Development Details 

A Planning Pivot 

Back in 2017, Chicago-based Related Midwest and Tucker Development had plans for this project to be a 570-foot-tall condominium. Fast forward through two years of negotiations with the city’s Planning Commission and things looked different. The developers dropped 100-feet in height, decreased its on-site parking from 300 to 75 spaces and agreed to reserve 20% of its units for affordable housing. All wins for transit-oriented renters in Chicago’s hottest neighborhood!

Once the plans pass the city’s Committee on Zoning and Chicago City Council approves, the ground will break and anticipation will begin.

When it came time to choose all the pretty things, Related Midwest teamed up with New York-based architect Morris Adjmi on the building’s design. The duo previously collaborated on the modern and arts-inspired Landmark West Loop Apartments. 

A kitchen space inside Landmark apartments in Chicago's West Loop
Related Midwest previously teamed up with Morris Adjmi Architects in 2017 on Landmark West Loop, a luxury boutique apartment building in the West Loop on Van Buren St.

A Few Predictions 

While specific interior details are still sparse, I’m sure the floor plans will be a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. In sticking with the rest of the Randolph Street corridor, I’m betting the ground floor will feature retail and hopefully a great new West Loop restaurant. 

As I mentioned, the height of the building – and shortage of high-rise neighbors – will give the building 360 degrees of unobstructed views. While West Loop is super-close to downtown, this building should be just far enough away to provide beautiful views of the Chicago skyline. 

I’m positive the developers will take full advantage by positioning both apartments and amenity spaces with unbelievable views. 

Since “Keeping up with the Joneses” has essentially become a contact sport among all the new luxury apartments in the neighborhood, I’m positive this place will be fully stocked with the best amenities around. I’m expecting nothing less than jaw-dropping, well-appointed amenity spaces to entice prospective renters. 

I already spy a planned fourth-floor podium-top with indoor and outdoor spaces that are going to be absolutely breathtaking. From state-of-the-art fitness to dog-friendly spaces, this building’s sure to have it all. 

Industrial Chicago Design Inspiration

As for the building exterior, Morris Adjmi details inspiration for the design coming from “the architectural details and textures of its Chicago surroundings, taking cues from the Chicago school of structural expressionism.” 

A rendering of the new 900 West Randolph apartments in Chicago's West Loop
Front side rendering of 900 West Randolph apartments, near West Loop’s restaurant row Image: Chicago Department of Planning and Development/Morris Adjmi Architects

Take one look at the building’s rendering and you’ll see there are clear references to the work of Mies van der Rohe in the strong, well-defined lines created by the dark brown beams. The Chicago River’s historic iron bridges and the rugged CTA “El” train track structures that run over Lake Street are also cited by the architect as influences for this industrial-chic design.  

You’ll also notice that from street-level, the first few floors of the building create the illusion of a lower-rise structure. Conscious of the cultural importance of the rows of high-rise-free restaurants along Randolph Street, the designers purposefully designed the building to fit into the neighborhood while preserving its architectural roots.

The corner of Randolph and Peoria in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood
The corner of Randolph and Peoria in October 2020. The new apartment tower will be built behind the row of low-rise buildings on Randolph. Don’t panic, Leña Brava and Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taqueria aren’t going anywhere!

Neighborhood Coolness Factor

In the last decade or so, the West Loop and its landmarked Fulton Market have transformed from being Chicago’s industrial and gritty meatpacking-warehouse district to one of Chicago’s coolest neighborhoods to hang-out and live. 

Chicago’s top chefs delight foodies along Randolph Street, aka Restaurant Row. Craft beer brewers, creative cocktail mixologists, and fancy bottle servicers keep faces flushed and spirits high at the many bars found throughout the West Loop. 

All sorts of boutique retail shops, coffee shops, and for unknown reasons – lots of dentists – keep all of this coolness within walking distance of all of the amazing new apartment buildings that also have contributed to the West Loop’s “glow-up.” 

There’s also tons of green space for nature lovers, fitness fanatics and dog-owners to enjoy, including Union Park, Skinner Park and Mary Bartelme Park. If the new high-rise on Peoria/Randolph is on par with other new rental properties in the area, I expect it’ll add to the growing list of pet-friendly apartments in the West Loop.

The neighborhood around 900 West Randolph, new apartments coming to Chicago's West Loop
Neighborhood map surrounding the future site of 900 West Randolph new apartments in the West Loop.

Convenient Commuting

If you work in downtown Chicago, this new apartment building will be a great spot to call home. The West Loop is adjacent to Chicago’s central downtown and financial district, so walking to work in the Loop, or major business offices right in the West Loop, is not uncommon. 

Access to the I-90 expressway is just two blocks east, and while there will be 75 parking spaces available on-site, this is the perfect apartment building ideal for commuters who let others do the driving. It’ll be only a couple blocks walk to the CTA Green/Pink Line Morgan Station, and steps to bus stops on Randolph and Halsted streets. 

Nearby Neighborhood Highlights

Closest Restaurants

Grocery/Pharmacy/Essentials

Conveniences/Services

  • The UPS Store
  • Chase, BMO Harris, and Bank of America
  • La Colombe Coffee
  • Starbucks
  • Mirror Mirror Salon & Spa
  • Floyd’s 99 Barbershop
  • CTA Green/Pink Line Morgan Station

Green Space

  • Union Park
  • Skinner Park and Dog Park
  • Mary Bartelme Park

Workplaces

900 West Randolph will be close to everything in downtown Chicago and is to be sure an incredible property. If you’re itching to make Chicago’s West Loop home, our awesome team at HotSpot Rentals is here to help! We’re the experts in the best and newest apartments in West Loop and promise to make finding your new rental totally stress-free. 

Blog Author Signature: Sarah
No Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *