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 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.”
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.
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.
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
- Leña Brava
- Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taqueria
- The Front Room Chicago
- Nonna’s Pizza and Sandwiches
- Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
- Sweetgarden Health Food
- Politan Row Food Court
- The UPS Store
- Chase, BMO Harris, and Bank of America
- La Colombe Coffee
- Mirror Mirror Salon & Spa
- Floyd’s 99 Barbershop
- CTA Green/Pink Line Morgan Station
- Union Park
- Skinner Park and Dog Park
- Mary Bartelme Park
- McDonald’s HQ/Hamburger University
- Google Chicago Fulton Market
- Pastorelli Food Products
- Bridgford Foods
- Music Box Films
- Axion Analytical Labs
- Also near The Loop central business district, Illinois Medical District Hospitals and UIC campus
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.