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Circa 922 apartments, 922 W Washington St, West Loop

by Joe Zekas on 10/27/14

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 offers studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. One-bedroom and larger apartments have private balconies or patios, some with walk-out access to the pool deck.

Occupancy is slated for mid-January 2015. The above photos are from a “hardhat tour” of the apartments.

In late October 2014 studios started at $1,590, one-bedrooms at $2,005, two-bedroom, two-baths at $2,675 and three-bedroom, two-baths at $4,625.

All of the apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washer / dryers and plank flooring in living areas. Open-plan kitchens have stainless steel appliances, including gas ranges, and quartz counter tops.

Floor plans and additional details of unit finishes are available online.

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.

A view east from the third-floor pool deck opens into the Loop skyline.

Amenities, services, policies

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

Building residents will have access to 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.

A rooftop sundeck serves up panoramic views.

Circa 922 will have 130 heated garage parking spaces.

Circa 922 is smoke-free and pet-friendly and will have an on-site dog area. Leasing and management staff will be on-site.

The location

Circa 922 is located in a pedestrian-friendly, pleasant environment with a neighborhood feel. It has good access to shopping, dining, nightlife, Loop offices, the Illinois Medical District hospitals and the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.

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

Whole Foods is opening early next year a few short blocks east on Halsted St.

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 also has a location nearby.

There’s a new Target half a dozen blocks southwest of the building and a seasonal farmers market a half-dozen blocks northeast.

Dining, nightlife. The West Loop is an almost indescribably-rich dining and nightlife venue, and Circa 922 has great proximity to the best of it.

Randolph Street’s restaurant row, a Chicagoland destination dining spot with dozens of foodie venues, is a short block north of Circa 922.

Head in any direction from Circa 922 and you may be overwhelmed by the number and variety of local restaurants.

Greektown, a few short blocks away, is largely a tourist draw, but some of the restaurants are definitely worth a visit.

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. The park comes up short on active recreational space.

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, a few short blocks east, connects to the UIC campus and to the Blue Line stop at Grand Ave for transit to O’Hare Airport.

Circa 922 has excellent access to the city’s expressway grid. Taxi service is readily available on Randolph. Zipcar car-sharing locations are nearby. A DIVVY bike station on Washington St is steps away from the building.

The competition

The West Loop apartment market is poised to become very competitive by the time the first residents move into Circa 922 in January of 2015.

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 and Catalyst and with Arkadia, which is opening early next year.

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

You’ll find additional options at our at-a-glance list of downtown Chicago apartments.

Circa 922 in the news

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  • A first look inside Circa 922′s apartments
  • West Loop apartments break ground, gain a name
  • 104 apartments planned in West Loop
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