Despite information to the contrary at X / O Condos Web site, the development opened sales on Saturday. Yo’s truly popped in for a quick look around.
When we arrived it wasn’t particularly busy. There were maybe 10 or 15 people browsing through the sales center. We can report that the model for Lucien Lagrange‘s two-tower design looks even better than the rendering, and it’s evident that a lot of thought has gone into the placement of the recessed balconies, even if we’re not a big fan of how they look on the buildings’ facades.
While I agree with locals that the townhouses at the base of the development appear sterile and bland, overall Yo’s truly thinks the buildings will complement the neighborhood nicely. Lagrange and Kargil Development seem to have thought carefully about how best to position X / O in relation to the historically significant Glessner House Museum and U.S. Soccer House, which is located in a couple of adjacent greystone mansions diagonally opposite the X / O site. Kargil commissioned landscape architect Ernie Wong to design a landscaped park facing Glessner House at the southern end of the X / O site, and the park provides a neat segue between old and new architecture.
For dirvers taking in the skyline as they head north along Lake Shore Drive, X / O, to the left, should be an effective counterpoint to Soldier Field, to the right.