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Alta apartments, 555 W Kinzie St, Fulton River District

by Joe Zekas on 12/16/13


Alta at K Station is a two-tower 848-unit luxury, full-amenity apartment complex at 555 W Kinzie St in Chicago’s Fulton River District. Alta’s east tower is 41 stories and its west tower 37 stories.

Fifield Companies developed Alta. McHugh Construction was the general contractor and Pappageorge Haymes the architecture firm.

Alta was completed in 2010 as the third complex in the 2,145-unit K Station development. The buildings presented a series of engineering challenges due to their proximity to two live subway tunnels.

The apartments

Alta’s unit mix includes studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments.

Floor plans and near real-time availability information are accessible online. In mid-December 2013 available studios started at $1,730, 1-bedrooms at $1,950, and 2-bedroom, 2-bath units at $2,805. Discounts from those rents were being offered on a number of units. All of the 3-bedrooms were rented.

Units have a high level of finishes, including large expanses of windows, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and in-unit washer / dryers. Two- and 3-bedroom apartments have private balconies. The apartments are carpeted throughout except for kitchens and baths.

If closet space is important to you, you may be disappointed by quite a few of the apartments.

Short-term furnished rentals are available through the building and from VIP Corporate Housing.

Views. The openness of Alta’s location provides outstanding skyline views to the north, south and east and sweeping views to the northwest. The east tower will offer the best views of the skyline.

Amenities, services, policies

Alta’s extensive common-area amenities span 32,000 square feet on a single level.

There’s a billiards room with a bar and kitchen, multiple resident lounge areas with a catering kitchen, a business center, a theater room and more.

Alta has a fully-equipped fitness center with a large, high-ceilinged basketball / volleyball court lit by clerestory windows and window walls.

Alta’s landscaped pool deck has private cabanas, a fire pit and gas grills – and draws a crowd on a sunny summer day.

The building hosts a regular series of on- and off-site events that enable residents to meet one another and learn about their neighborhood.

Alta is smoke-free and has achieved LEED Gold certification.

The building is pet-friendly, subject to limits, and hosts an annual Halloween pet parade and costume contest.

Alta has on-site leasing and management staff, and 24/7 door staff. The parking garage can accommodate 695 cars. Furnished guest suites are available for visitors.

Location

Alta’s west-of-the-river location is easily misunderstood: it’s far more convenient than is apparent from a superficial acquaintance.

Alta’s Fulton River District location affords residents quick access to River North, River West and the West Loop.

Shopping
Alta has good access to grocery shopping.

Alta is a block east of a strip center that includes a new, heavily-reviewed Jewel-Osco, a Radio Shack, a Pet Stuff, a Chase bank branch, a Hair Cuttery, a cleaners and a nail salon.

Other major grocers near Alta include Mariano’s and Walmart Neighborhood Market.

There’s a dearth of retail shopping near Alta in the Fulton River District and West Loop, but the building has decent access to the retail clusters in the Clybourn Corridor and along Roosevelt Road, and to Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops.

Dining, nightlife
The thriving restaurant and nightlife scenes in Greektown, River North and the West Loop are all within a few minutes of Alta.

The heart of Randolph Street’s restaurant row, boasting some of Chicago’s hottest attractions, is just over a 10-minute walk from Alta.

Bucktown and Wicker Park are minutes away by cab, bike or Blue Line trains.


Some of the more popular dining and nightlife venues in the immediate area include Carnivale, Jefferson Tap & Grille, Piccolo Sogno Italian restaurant, the Paramount Room, Iguana Café and New Line Tavern.

There are many, many more nearby options, including a Blue Agave in the building.

Parks, recreation
Fulton River Park is immediately adjacent to Alta, on the west side of the building.


The park is a neighborhood gathering spot that has a pet-friendly area, a playground and a gently-sloped lawn.

Movies in the Parks draw a crowd on summer nights.

Kayak rentals are available at a number of locations for residents who want a closer look at the nearby Chicago River.

Transportation. Alta has good access to public transportation. It’s just a few blocks from the CTA’s Grand Ave Blue Line station, which is also served by four CTA bus lines. The Blue Line provides direct access to O’Hare Airport and west-suburban Oak Park and Forest Park.

The Pink and Green Line stop at Clinton St is about a 6-minute walk.

Alta is less than a 10-minute walk from the CTA’s Brown and Purple Line stop at the Merchandise Mart, the Metra’s Ogilvie Transportation Center and the adjoining Chicago French Market.


Alta is adjacent to a protected bike lane path that provides quick access to River North, the Loop, Wicker Park and Bucktown.

A number of CTA bus routes serve the area.

Zipcar rentals are available at a number of nearby locations.

Alta has quick access to I-90/94 via the Ontario / Ohio on / off ramps and Randolph St.

The competition

Alta’s most direct competitors are the nearby K Station rental buildings, K2, Echelon and Left Bank, and Hubbard Place in River North.

You might also consider condos for rent in Fulton River District and West Loop buildings – they’re occasionally available at sharply lower rents than you’ll find in the rental buildings, in part because they don’t offer comparable amenities packages.

See YoChicago’s Guide to renting in Chicago’s Near West neighborhoods and our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments for additional options and tips.

Alta in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Alta slashes rents
  • Alta sells for $300 million
  • Raising the bar on apartment living
  • Alta strikes gold with LEED certification
  • Move-ins begin at Alta at K Station
  • Meet Steven Fifield
  • A train runs through it
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