The photo below shows construction progress as of August 2015. First occupancies are slated for 2017.
Details of the project’s unit mix and finishes are not yet publically available. Expect the building to have a fairly high level of finishes in order to be competitive with other new apartments in the area
Views. Optima Center II will have good north, east and south views.
Amenities, services, policies
Optima Center II’s proposed amenities will include an outdoor swimming pool, basketball court, theater, golf simulator and an outdoor plaza at street level.
Illinois is a multi-level street at Optima Center II. The upper level of Illinois St provides pedestrian access to Michigan Avenue while the lower level accommodates through traffic headed for Navy Pier and the lakefront.
Shopping. Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a few blocks northeast.
Target Express recently opened in October 2015 two blocks east of the building.
Whole foods is located just east of Optima Center II.
A Walgreen’s Pharmacy is a short walk east of the building.
Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops begin a block west of the building.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
The building’s near-Michigan Ave location is close to the River North neighborhood, and there are literally 100s of dining and nightlife options within blocks of Optima Center II.
There is a tree-lined plaza with benches directly across Illinois from the building.
Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is half a dozen short blocks north.
Transportation. Access to CTA and Metra train lines is inconvenient from Optima Center II. CTA bus service, via multiple routes, is excellent along Michigan Ave and lower Illinois (one-way east-bound) and Grand Ave (one-way west-bound). Many Optima Center II residents are likely to opt for cabs as their preferred mode of public transit, and cabs are always plentiful.
Zipcar car-sharing locations are nearby.
Optima Center II has convenient access to and from Lake Shore Drive. Reaching I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can often be time-consuming. Expect near-gridlock conditions when there’s a major event in the neighborhood.
Chicago Water Taxi offers seasonal commuter service between Michigan Avenue and Madison Street, affording future residents a pleasant, low-cost way to reach the Loop and the Willis Tower.
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at sharply lower rents than in the new apartment buildings.
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