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Another apartment tower moves forward in River North

by Joe Zekas on 10/23/12

Yesterday’s email newsletter from Alderman Brendan Reilly provided a progress report on a new 25-story development at 220 W Illinois St that will contain 188 apartments, 176 parking spaces and ground floor retail space. The developer intends to break ground next year and begin delivering units in April of 2014.

The new building, designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, is adjacent to the former Engine Company 42 building, a Chicago landmark that was built in 1887.

You can read some of the history of the River North site at Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily and at the Chicago Architecture Blog.

Check out YoChicago’s list of new downtown apartment projects and our aerial photos of Chicago.

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marco October 23, 2012 at 9:11 AM

So the firehouse is part of this development? Any idea what this space was most recently used as? It’s been vacant for some time.

Also, they miraculously removed the ‘L’ from their rendering.


Joe Zekas October 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM


The rendering in the post is from a vantage point just east of the El, looking east – which is why you don’t see it.

There’s another rendering looking west which clearly shows the El.


the urban politician October 23, 2012 at 3:53 PM

That’s a huge building for just 188 apartments.

In the 1920′s, you could probably build two 5 story courtyard buildings with that many units.


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