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Echelon Chicago is a 350-unit, 36-story luxury, full-amenity apartment tower at 353 N Desplaines St in Chicago’s Fulton River District. The building has a 287-space parking garage.
Echelon was completed in 2008 as the second building in the 2,145-unit K Station development. The building presented a series of engineering challenges due to its proximity to two live subway tunnels that run beneath its parking garage.
Echelon’s unit mix includes studio, 1- and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments.
Floor plans and near real-time availability information are accessible online.
Units have a high level of finishes, including large expanses of windows, stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and in-unit washer / dryers. Two-bedroom apartments have private balconies. Some plans have a “work alcove” that can function as a home office.
Bedrooms and baths are generously-sized. The apartments have good closet space and most have walk-ins. Studio apartments have a nicely-defined sleeping area.
Views. The openness of Echelon’s location provides outstanding skyline views to the north, south and east.
Amenities, services, policies
Echelon’s extensive common-area amenities are all located on the lobby level.
Residents can gather or host events in large lounge and party areas with flat-panel TVs, a pool table and a service kitchen.
Echelon has a fully-equipped fitness center with views over the adjacent park.
The fitness center leads to a spacious outdoor deck with skyline views, a large pool with private cabanas, and a fire pit.
Stainless-steel grilling stations and table seating are available in an alcove off the lounge.
Echelon has on-site leasing and management staff, and 24/7 door staff. The building hosts a regular series of on- and off-site events that enable residents to meet one another and learn about their neighborhood.
The building is pet-friendly, subject to limits, and hosts an annual “doggie dip” to mark the end of the pool season.
Echelon’s west-of-the-river location is easily misunderstood: it’s far more convenient and lively than is apparent from a superficial look.
Echelon has good access to grocery shopping.
Echelon is directly across the street from a strip center that includes a new, heavily-reviewed Jewel-Osco, a Radio Shack, a Pet Stuff, a Chase bank branch, a Hair Cuttery, a cleaners and a nail salon.
There’s a dearth of retail shopping near Echelon in the Fulton River District and West Loop, but the building has good access via Halsted St to the retail clusters in the Clybourn Corridor and along Roosevelt Road, and via Grand Ave to Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops.
The heart of Randolph Street’s restaurant row, boasting some of Chicago’s hottest attractions, is less than a 10-minute walk from Echelon.
There are many, many more nearby options, including Blue Agave, directly across from Echelon on Kinzie St.
Fulton River Park is immediately adjacent to Echelon, on the north side of the building.
The park is a neighborhood gathering spot that has a pet-friendly area, a playground and a gently-sloped lawn.
Movies in the Parks draw a crowd on summer nights.
Kayak rentals are available at a number of locations for residents who want a closer look at the nearby Chicago River.
Transportation. Echelon has good access to public transportation. It’s just a few blocks from the CTA’s Grand Ave Blue Line station, which is also served by four CTA bus lines. The Blue Line provides direct access to O’Hare Airport and west-suburban Oak Park and Forest Park.
Echelon is adjacent to a protected bike lane path that provides quick access to River North, the Loop, Wicker Park and Bucktown.
A number of CTA bus routes serve the area.
Zipcar rentals are available across the street at Jewel.
Echelon has quick access to I-90/94 via the Ontario / Ohio on / off ramps and Randolph St.
You might consider condos for rent – they’re occasionally available at lower rents than you’ll find in the rental buildings, in part because they don’t offer comparable amenities packages.
You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s comprehensive Fulton River District / River West apartment guide.
Note: Echelon is a YoChicago advertiser.