Catalyst is a 19-story, 223-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail space and 161 on-site parking spaces.
Catalyst is located at 123 N Desplaines St in the West Loop. Construction began in March of 2013 and the building opened for occupancy in the summer of 2014.
Catalyst has a mix of convertible, 1-, 1+den, 2- and 3-bedrooom apartments. Two-bedrooms have two baths and 3-bedrooms have three. One-bedroom and larger apartments have private balconies. Floor plans and near real-time availability are accessible online.
The apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows, plank flooring, in-unit washer / dryers and kitchens with gas ranges and stainless steel appliances. Some layouts have double-bowl vanities and stall showers. One-bedroom and larger units have balconies.
Amenities, services, policies
Catalyst has a full suite of amenities.
There’s a rooftop pool and sundeck, with “fire features,” TVs, lounge areas and BBQ grills. The building’s fitness room is also on the roof.
Additional amenities include a demonstration kitchen, a resident lounge with billiards table, a “tech center” with copier / fax / scanner, and a bicycle storage area.
Catalyst is smoke-free. The building is pet-friendly, subject to limits. The building has a private dog run and an indoor pet wash facility.
The building has on-site leasing and management staff, and 24/7 door staff. There are 161 parking spaces in the on-site garage.
Shopping. Catalyst is within a few short blocks of a Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s, WalMart Neighborhood Market, a Whole Foods opening early in 2015, and the French Market at metramarket, which includes a CVS Pharmacy.
Randolph Street’s restaurant row, a Chicagoland destination dining spot dense with foodie venues, is a short walk west of Catalyst.
Parks, recreation. Green space is scarce in this part of the West Loop.
The nearest park, Heritage Green, is a one-acre passive green space that offers little in the way of recreational opportunities. A few benches provide a shady outdoor respite with a view of Old St Patrick’s Church, home to what’s billed as the world’s largest block party.
Transportation. Catalyst’s location has excellent access to the city’s expressway grid.
Catalyst is one of a number of new apartment projects in the West Loop and nearby Fulton River District.
In the news
Articles on Catalyst from various sites:
Construction underway on Catalyst Catalyst breaks ground Un-arrested development: The Catalyst Marquette plans apartments in West Loop
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