Spoke is a 363-unit apartment project nearing completion in the River West neighborhood. The development consists of 14- and 15-story towers with ground-floor retail. First occupancy is slated for the fall of 2017.
Spoke is being built on the site of the former Gonnella Bakery site, which was demolished in December 2015.
Details of the unit mix and apartment finishes have not been released yet. Expect Spoke to a have similar level of finishes to other newer buildings.
Based on the renderings, some of the units will have floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies.
Views. Spoke will be the tallest building in the immediate area, affording upper-floor units dramatic panoramic views of the skyline.
Amenities, services, policies
Details of Spoke’s amenities package have not been released yet.
River West is a predominantly residential neighborhood south of Chicago Ave, and Spoke is in a largely commercial pocket with good access to public transit and nearby restaurants and nightlife.
Shopping. The nearest full-service grocery stores are a Jewel-Osco nearly three-quarters of a mile southeast of Spoke, and the new Target nearly a mile northeast on Division St.
A CVS Pharmacy is a short block west on Chicago Ave. Retail shopping is virtually non-existent near the building. Clybourn Corridor and Michigan Avenue shops can be reached fairly quickly by buses along Halsted St and Chicago Ave, respectively.
Dining, nightlife. There’s a good selection of restaurants with a distinctive character within a few blocks’ walk of Spoke.
DeLux, just two blocks south east of Spoke, serves up “chef driven upscale bar food” for lunch, dinner and weekend brunches.
A few blocks southeast of Spoke there’s a fun cluster of bars and restaurants near the intersection of Grand Ave and Halsted St, including Duran, Iguana, Emmit’s, Richard’s Bar, La Scarola and Piccolo Sogno. The Kenect development at Halsted and Grand, which is slated to open in mid 2016, will bring additional dining and drinking options to the area.
The numberless dining and nightlife venues in River North and the West Loop are a short bike, cab, Uber or bus ride from Spoke.
Parks, recreation. Spoke has limited access to public parks and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Eckhardt Park, the nearest public park of any size, is half a mile west of Spoke.
Transportation. Spoke has excellent access to public transportation.
The Blue Line provides direct access to the Loop, O’Hare Airport and west-suburban Oak Park and Forest Park.
Spoke has quick access onto I-90/94 for north and westbound travelers, but far less convenient access south and eastbound.
Bike lanes along Milwaukee Ave, the “hipster highway,” provide quick access to River North, the Loop, Wicker Park and Bucktown.
Zipcar rentals are available at a number of nearby locations. Taxi service is sporadic.
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. All major properties in these neighborhoods are on the following map. Click any green icon to view video tours of the property.