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Circa 922 apartments, 922 W Washington St, West Loop

by Joe Zekas on 1/2/14

Circa 922 is an 11-story, 104 unit apartment building nearing completion in the West Loop. The building is an expansion of 123 North Sangamon, the existing loft building immediately to the north. When completed in early 2015, the development will have a total of 149 units and 130 parking spaces.

123 Sangamon Venture Partners LLC is the developer of Circa 922. Focus Construction is the general contractor, and Michael Cody of FitzGerald Associates is the architect.

The apartments

Circa 922 will have a mix of studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. Floor plans and details of unit finishes are not publicly available as of yet.

Views. Most of the surrounding development doesn’t rise above 4- or 5-stories in height, so upper-floor units at Circa 922 will enjoy good views of the Loop and near north skyline.

Amenities, services, policies

Circa 922 will have an unusually extensive amenities package for a building its size.

According to the architect’s website, building residents:

… will have access to 7,000 square feet of amenity spaces including a business center, theater room, lounge, breakfast café, and fitness room on the ground floor. On the fourth floor, another amenity suite includes a kitchenette leading out to the building’s outdoor pool, lounge, and grill areas. Atop the building’s 10th floor, accessible from the penthouse level, another landscaped patio allows visitors to take in panoramic views of the city. The building’s base will include parking for 130 vehicles, as well as office spaces for building management functions.

The location

Circa 922 is located in a pedestrian-friendly, pleasant environment with a neighborhood feel.

Walk Score gives the location a “Very Walkable” score of 88 and an “Excellent Transit” score of 89. The location is far more pedestrian-friendly than sites that have been assigned higher scores by Walk Score.

Shopping. Residents at Circa 922 have a good variety of grocery shopping options.

The recently-opened Mariano’s, half a dozen short blocks southeast of the building, has been generating a lot of positive buzz and drawing crowds to a large selection of prepared foods and craft beers. Jewel-Osco and Dominick’s also have locations nearby.

There’s a new Target half a dozen blocks southwest of the building.

Dining, nightlife. The West Loop is an almost indescribably-rich dining and nightlife venue, and 123 N Sangamon has great proximity to the best of it.

The thriving Randolph Street restaurant corridor is half a block north of the building and Greektown is a few blocks southeast.

Residents at Circa 922 won’t need to venture very far to hang out at neighborhood favorites Perez or Au Cheval.

Parks, recreation. The location has limited proximity to public parks and recreational opportunities.

Mary Bartelme Park, a few blocks south, is a neighborhood favorite for kids and dogs.

Transportation. Public transportation is excellent. The building is two blocks from the new CTA Pink and Green Line stop at Morgan.

A number of CTA bus routes serve the area along Madison St, a block south of the building. The Halsted St bus, 3 short blocks east, connects to the Blue Line stop at Grand Ave for transit to O’Hare Airport.

Circa 922 has good access to the city’s expressway grid. Taxi service is readily available on Randolph. Zipcar and I-Go car-sharing locations are nearby.

The competition

The West Loop apartment market is poised to become very competitive by the time the new building at Circa 922 opens late next year.

Circa 922′s most direct competitor is likely to be The Madison, which is slated for occupancy next year. The building will also compete with the recently-opened K2, 365 N Halsted, 13Thirteen, 1313 W Randolph, and with Catalyst and Arkadia, two new projects opening next year that enjoy closer-in West Loop locations.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at sharply lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

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

Circa 922 in the news

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