Old Town Park is being built on the site of Atrium Village, which was built by a partnership of four area churches: LaSalle Street, Holy Family Lutheran, St. Matthew United Methodist and Fourth Presbyterian.
The original development was completed in 1977 and consisted of a mid-rise building and eight three-story buildings housing a total of 225 units on a 7.2-acre site bounded by Division St, Wells St, Hill St and the CTA Brown Line tracks.
The existing complex is being demolished in phases and redeveloped. When completed, the redeveloped Old Town Park, will consist of four high-rises along with townhomes, with a total of approximately 1,500 apartments, retail space, and a 2-acre park.
Construction on the first phase of the redevelopment, a 32-story, 405-unit apartment tower at 1140 N Wells St, began early in 2016. Occupancy is expected in the summer of 2018.
The redevelopment team includes Canada-based Onni Group as the developer, FitzGerald Associates Architects, Bumgardner Architects, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Hitchcock Design Group as the architecture team, and Onni Contracting as the general contractor.
Old Town Park will include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Details of the apartment finishes have not been released.
Expect Old Town Park to have a similar level of finishes to other newer apartment high-rises in the area.
Views. Old Town Park will have expansive views in most directions.
Amenities, services, policies
Details of Old Town Park’s amenities package have not been released yet.
Old Town Park will have covered garage parking for the residential and retail space.
Old Town Park is in a keystone location that affords residents walkable access to the Gold Coast, Old Town and River North neighborhoods. The immediate area has a strong appeal to all age groups.
Shopping. Residents of Old Town Park have several major grocery stores nearby, in addition to the popular seasonal farmers market on Division St.
Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is half a mile east of the property.
A new flagship Jewel Foods recently opened at 1200 N Clark St.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment. Old Town Park residents are within a short walk of three major clusters of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues along Wells Street, Division Street and Rush Street.
The pedestrian-friendly Wells Street strip that begins just north of the property is packed with popular bars, sidewalk cafes and comedy clubs, and still retains a few of the quirky shops from its days as a tourist destination.
The Rush Street triangle that frames Mariano Park is one of the most vibrant people-watching, drinking and dining scenes in Chicago.
Parks, recreation. Old Town Park residents have good access to a wide range of parks and recreational activities.
Oak Street Beach, with its spectacular views of the Lake Shore Drive skyline, is a 15-minute walk east.
Lincoln Park, home to the Zoo, Conservatory, North Avenue Beach and a host of playing fields and other attractions, is three quarters of a mile north east. It’s one of the greatest urban playgrounds in the nation.
Washington Square Park, a tranquil gem, is a few blocks southeast of Atrium Village.
Seward Park, half a block west, has ball fields and basketball courts for more active recreation.
Transportation. Public transportation from the location is outstanding.
The CTA Red Line stop at Division, a block to the east, provides easy access to the Loop and Cubs and White Sox ballparks.
Old Town Park will also include space for a new potential Brown Line stop.
A variety of CTA bus routes criss-cross the area along Division, Wells and LaSalle Streets.
Access to I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can be slow along Division St during peak hours. If you’re southbound or headed for the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), Ontario St is a better option.
A ZipCar location is a block away from Old Town Park. Taxis are easily accessible.
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings. The trade-off is that the condo buildings typically offer fewer amenities.
You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s comprehensive Old Town / Near North apartment guide.