The building’s name derives from its street-grid coordinates at the intersection of Lake St (200 N) and Wells St (200 W).
200 Squared offers 24 separate floor plans of studio, convertible, 1-bedroom, 1-bedroom plus den and 2-bedroom apartments.
As of mid-October 2013 starting rents range from $1,600 for studios, $1,695 for convertibles, $1,925 for 1-bedrooms, and $2,955 for 2-bedroom, 2-baths.
Floor plans are accessible online but you’ll need to contact the building for information on current rents and availabilities.
Apartments are carpeted and have relatively spacious, functional layouts with floor-to-ceiling windows. All of the apartments have in-unit washers and dryers. Two-bedroom plans and select one-bedroom plans have balconies.
Kitchens have stainless steel appliance packages with built-in microwaves and electric ranges, granite countertops and breakfast bars.
Short-term furnished rentals are available via Oakwood.
Views. Some of the higher-floor north-facing units have dramatic views over the river, but most of the units’ view corridors are constricted by neighboring buildings.
Amenities, services, policies
200 Squared has a full suite of amenities on the level above the parking garage.
200 Squared is one of only a few buildings in the downtown area to offer a full-length indoor swimming pool that opens seasonally to an adjacent sun deck.
A landscaped sun deck faces south and west and has gas grills with an adjacent seating area, and a large outdoor whirlpool.
200 Squared has a fully-equipped fitness center with locker rooms and a steam room.
The large resident lounge has a kitchen / bar, gaming areas, a gas fireplace and an adjacent media room.
There’s also a business center, a private dog run / pet play area, bicycle rental and separate storage areas.
An electric car-charging station is available in the garage.
200 Squared has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff, and 24/7 door staff. Cats and dogs are accepted, subject to limits. The building is smoke-free.
Oakwood 200 Squared has a convenient location near the northwest edge of the Loop.
Walk Score gives the location a Walker’s Paradise score of 98 and a Rider’s Paradise transit score of 100.
Shopping. Grocery shopping is one of the location’s weak points. The nearest full-service grocery, City Target, is a half-dozen blocks away and the grocery department is on the second floor. Mariano’s is nearly a mile to the east, about the same distance as the nearest Jewel. The farmers market at Daley Plaza is a seasonal favorite.
Dining, nightlife. There are abundant options in the immediate area, but many cater heavily to office workers and tourists.
Residents have quick access to the thriving River North restaurant, bar and nightlife scene a few short blocks to the north.
Cultural attractions. 200 Squared is near many of Chicago’s top cultural attractions. The Loop’s theatre district is a short walk away. The Art Institute, Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony are a few minutes away.
Transportation. Public transportation is outstanding. The CTA El stop at Wells and Washington is two short blocks south and serves 4 different routes, including Orange Line access to Midway Airport. The Pedway, which is accessible across the street, enables all-weather access to the Red Line and the Blue Line to O’Hare Airport. CTA bus routes in the immediate area provide citywide connections.
Metra’s Ogilvie Transportation Center, about a 10-minute walk away, provides connections to west, northwest and northern suburbs.
200 Squared’s most direct competitor is 215 West Washington, two short blocks south.
See YoChicago’s Guide to renting in Chicago’s Loop and New East Side and our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments for additional options and tips.
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