Have you seen the funky new apartments that just opened in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood? The Triangle Square apartments have added 298 new units to downtown’s Northside and whoa – they are so cool!
This eye-catching architectural gem, which opened in the summer of 2021, is a sign of this area’s transition away from older industrial-use real estate to high-end living along the Chicago River. With 20% of the property leased in the first 60 days, it’s also a sign that folks like what’s going on here.
This complex, at 2155 N. Elston Avenue, gives an ultra-modern facelift to this wedge-shaped lot. As of today, it’s largely surrounded by industrial properties and big box stores. However, in the future, it’ll be just a half-mile from the upcoming Lincoln Yards – a megadevelopment that’ll bring new housing, retail, restaurants and green space to the banks of the Chicago River.
Triangle Square: Developer and Design Team
Lamar Johnson Collaborative took on the task of designing Triangle Square. This firm is a subsidiary of construction giant Clayco. LJC’s website describes Triangle Square as aiming to “create a neighborhood and a community where there was neither.” That goal seems to be in line with their portfolio of work, which is filled with forward-thinking designs for commercial, educational and residential architecture.
Modern Bucktown Apartments: The Design Details
Triangle Square is a 9-story complex that straddles Lincoln Park and Bucktown, where Elston and Webster Avenues meet. It’s a part of a three-building complex that’s also home to a condos and retail and offices.
With a nod to the area’s history, the design has a touch of industrial elements with loads of modern features. It’s a one-of-a-kind property featuring a sloped roofline with private terraces on select units with sweeping views of downtown Chicago.
Styling inside the apartments is clean and sleek. They feature pebble oak flooring, quartz countertops, a gas range, and matte black Moen fixtures contrasted with light cabinets and finishes. Tall ceilings, large windows, and open floor plans give these apartments a lofty feel.
As would be expected with luxury rentals, they also have in-unit front-load washers and dryers, as well as high-end stainless steel appliances.
Upscale amenities offer great spaces to relax and entertain. With a full acre of outdoor space, residents can spread out and enjoy an outdoor resort-inspired pool, sun deck and lawn with views of downtown Chicago. Renters at Triangle Square can also keep active in a fitness center and flex studio that’s so pretty, you’ll actually want to work out! Feeling social? Make new friends hanging out in the clubhouse lounge with a chef kitchen.
Other bonus conveniences include bike storage, package service, and a business center for work-from-home renters.
Up and Coming Location
While this pocket of Bucktown is in the early stages of change, it’s surrounded by tons of shopping and other popular neighborhoods. If you’re like me and like to regularly explore different parts of the city, this location is a good jumping-off point.
Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, and West Town neighborhoods surround Triangle Square with popular bars, live music venues, art galleries, and diverse restaurants. Plus, there are three shopping centers within a 5 to 15-minute walk.
For fresh air and outdoor exercise away from home, the 606 Bloomingdale Trail is located just a bit south from here. The 606 is an old abandoned train line that was converted to an elevated trail for biking, walking and running. The 3-mile trail has cool landscape designs and art installations to discover along the way.
If you rent at Triangle Square, you can bring your dog! It’s the newest pet-friendly apartment building in Bucktown, and not too far to the north is a great open space where you can treat your pup to fun in the sun. Wrightwood Park has sprawling green space with a sports field, children’s playground and Chicago Park District facilities.
This apartment building isn’t near a CTA train line. However, the Metra Train Clybourn station is within a 10-minute walk if regional commuting is how you roll. Drivers can also quickly jump on I-94, or cut through the city via Elston to Milwaukee Avenue to make your way downtown.
Bucktown Highlights Near Triangle Square
- Best Buy
- Local Foods Market
- Webster Place Theater and Shops
- Riverpoint Center Shops
- Vin Chicago warehouse wine store
- Pequod’s Pizza
- CornerStone Café
- The Bristol
- WhirlyBall Chicago
- The Hideout
- Liar’s Club