Related Midwest’s newest apartment tower, OneEleven at 111 W Wacker Dr, has a great location that will serve up glorious views along the Chicago River from north-facing units.
The building began its life as Waterview Tower. It was originally slated to rise 90 stories and include 233 condominiums and a Shangri-La Hotel on the 12th through 27th floors. Construction on the project halted in 2008 after the hotel floors were largely complete. It resumed late in 2012 when Related Midwest acquired the project for development of a 60-story building with 504 apartments.
The first apartments at OneEleven are now being marketed for July 1st occupancy. They’re on the lower floors, and the switch-over from hotel to apartments has resulted in some less-than-optimal layouts.
My first reaction when I looked at the floor plan for a southeast corner 2-bedroom, 2-bath renting for $3,875 was that it just might be the worst 2-bedroom floor plan in downtown Chicago.
A lot of space in the apartment is lost to travel corridors. Both bedrooms are smaller than their counterparts at all of the newer Loop buildings, except for Coast which has a smaller second bedroom on several plans.
The master bedroom’s space is compromised by a large structural column and the master closet comes up way short of what you’d expect in a luxury apartment. Another column complicates furniture placement in the living / dining area. The kitchen has limited cabinet space.
Don’t expect the views from these southeast corner units to compensate for the awkward floor plan. The south wall is directly across an alley from the 27-story 203 N LaSalle building. East windows may offer a glimpse of the river.
OneEleven is promising “exceptional amenities” and “hospitality-level service.”
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