The complex includes a 4-story low-rise rental building situated on the corner of Milwaukee and Grand as well as a 14-story rental tower situated behind the low-rise. The development has 14,000 square feet of commercial space between the two buildings.
First occupancies began in spring 2016.
Kenect has a mix of studio, convertible, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 2-bath and 3-bedroom, 3-bath apartments. Floor plans and availability are accessible online.
Units feature 9-foot ceilings, in-unit washer / dryers and roller window shades. Fourth-floor units have 12-foot ceilings. Some of the apartments have balconies or private terraces.
Kitchens have quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas ranges and Grohe fixtures.
Baths are spacious, have attractive finishes and include linen closets in some of the units.
Views. Kenect has sweeping skyline views to the north, east and south from the higher floors.
Amenities, services, policies
Kenect has a full suite of amenities.
Kenect’s resident lounge / party room is a spacious area with dramatic, soaring ceilings and window walls. It has multiple seating areas and a billiards table.
The lounge includes a party room and a stair to a co-working space.
A fourth-floor sundeck features a pool, outdoor kitchens, firepits, and a private dog run.
Kenect’s fitness center is adjacent to the pool deck. It has a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment and a separate yoga space.
On-site parking accommodates 122 cars and bicycle storage for 50 bicycles.
Kenect is located in the Fulton River District neighborhood at the six-corner intersection of Halsted St (800 W), Grand Ave (500 N) and Milwaukee Ave.
The location affords residents quick access to River North, River West and the West Loop.
Shopping. Grocery shopping near Kenect is relatively convenient.
A flagship Jewel-Osco is three blocks southeast of Kenect at the corner of Desplaines St and Kinzie St.
A CVS Pharmacy is on Chicago Ave, a half-mile northwest of Kenect.
Retail shopping is very limited near the building. Clybourn Corridor and Michigan Avenue shops can be reached fairly quickly by buses along Halsted St and Grand Ave, respectively.
Dining, nightlife. There’s a good selection of highly-rated restaurants with a distinctive character near Kenect.
The Matchbox, a less than 10-minute walk from Kenect on Milwaukee Ave, speculates that it might be “the smallest tavern in Chicago.” The adjacent Silver Palm diner is open seasonally in an original railroad dining car. DeLux, a few blocks northwest of Kenect, serves up “chef driven upscale bar food” for lunch, dinner and weekend brunches.
The thriving dining and nightlife venues in River North and the West Loop are a short bike, cab, Uber or bus ride from Kenect.
Parks, recreation. Kenect has limited access to public parks and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Eckhardt Park, the nearest public park of any size with recreational facilities, is almost a mile northwest of Kenect.
Transportation. Kenect has outstanding access to public transportation.
The Blue Line provides direct access to the Loop, O’Hare Airport and west-suburban Oak Park and Forest Park.
Kenect has quick access onto I-90/94 for north and westbound travelers, but less convenient access south and eastbound. Expressway access to Kenect from the south is inconvenient.
Bike lanes along Halsted St, Milwaukee Ave and Grand Ave provide quick access to River North, the Loop, Wicker Park, Bucktown and Lincoln Park.
Zipcar rentals are available at a number of nearby locations.
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 YoChicago’s comprehensive Fulton River District / River West apartment guide.