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Trio apartments, 670 W Wayman St, Fulton River District

by Joe Zekas on 12/19/13

Trio is a 100-unit, 20-story luxury apartment tower at 670 W Wayman St in Chicago’s Fulton River District. The building has a 185-space parking garage.

Trio takes its name from the fact that it’s part of a three-building complex that also includes two 7-story mid-rises. The complex was built as condos, and the tower was converted to rental as a result of a market downturn. Trios of balconies are painted white in a playful allusion to the building’s name. Trio was completed in 2010.

RDM Development developed Trio with Hartshorne Plunkard as the architecture firm.

The apartments

Trio’s unit mix includes 1-bedroom, 1-bedroom plus den / 2-bath, 2-bedroom / 2-bath apartments and 2- and 3-bedroom, 3 bath penthouse duplexes.

Floor plans and near real-time availability information are accessible online. In mid-December of 2013 available 1-bedroom plus den apartments started at $2,035 and 2-bedroom, 2-bath units at $2,627. Other unit types were fully rented at that time.

The apartments have high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors in living areas and carpeted bedrooms. The units have a high level of finishes, including stylish cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, gas ranges, granite counter tops and in-unit washer / dryers. All of the apartments have balconies, most of them very generously-sized.

Most of the kitchens have a one-wall layout that results in limited counter space for food prep.

Bedrooms are small and closet space is limited in a number of the floor plans.

Views. The openness of Trio’s location provides outstanding skyline views to the south and east.

Amenities, services, policies

Trio does not have a pool, and has limited common-area amenities compared to other Fulton River District buildings.

Trio has a fitness room, a business center and a community room. Parking is heated and assigned.

Trio has 24/7 door staff. The building is pet-friendly, subject to limits.


Trio’s west-of-the-river location is easily misunderstood: it’s more convenient and accessible than is apparent from a superficial look.

Trio’s location affords residents quick access to the Loop, River North, River West and the West Loop.

That said, the claim on Trio’s website that it’s “steps from … The Magnificent Mile … Millennium Park and … Rush Street nightlife” is wildly misleading. The building is more than a mile from Michigan Avenue shops and Millennium Park, and nearly two miles from Rush Street’s nightlife cluster.

Trio has great access to grocery shopping.

Trio has direct access to a strip center that includes a new, heavily-reviewed Jewel-Osco, a Radio Shack, a Pet Stuff, a Chase bank branch, a Hair Cuttery, a cleaners and a nail salon.

Other major grocers near Trio include Mariano’s and a Walmart Neighborhood Market.

Retail shopping near Trio is scarce in the Fulton River District and West Loop, but the building has decent access to the retail clusters in the Clybourn Corridor and along Roosevelt Road, and via Grand Ave to Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops.

Dining, nightlife
The thriving restaurant and nightlife scenes in Greektown, River North and the West Loop are all within a few minutes of Trio.

The heart of Randolph Street’s restaurant row, boasting some of Chicago’s hottest attractions, is less than a 10-minute walk from Trio.

Bucktown and Wicker Park are minutes away by cab, bike or Blue Line trains.

The colorful, crowded Carnivale is around the corner from Trio.

Jefferson Tap & Grille, a popular neighborhood hangout, is a block east of Trio.

There are many, many more nearby dining and nightlife options, including Piccolo Sogno, the Paramount Room and Iguana Café – which does have an iguana in residence.

Parks, recreation
There’s a small, recently-completed park with bench seating directly adjacent to Trio.

Fulton River Park is a block from Trio. The park is a neighborhood gathering spot that has a pet-friendly area, a playground and a gently-sloped lawn.

Movies in the Parks draw a crowd on summer nights.

Kayak rentals are available at a number of locations for residents who want a closer look at the nearby Chicago River.

Transportation. Trio has good access to public transportation. It’s just a few blocks from the CTA’s Grand Ave Blue Line station, which is also served by four CTA bus lines. The Blue Line provides direct access to O’Hare Airport and west-suburban Oak Park and Forest Park.

The Pink and Green Line stop at Clinton St is about a 6-minute walk. Trio is less than a 10-minute walk from Metra’s Ogilvie Transportation Center and the adjoining Chicago French Market.

Trio is near a protected bike lane path that provides quick access to River North, the Loop, Wicker Park and Bucktown.

A number of CTA bus routes serve the area.

Zipcar rentals are available at the adjacent Jewel.

Trio has quick access to I-90/94 via the Ontario / Ohio on / off ramps and Randolph St.

The competition

Trio’s most direct competitors are the nearby K Station rental buildings, Echelon, Alta, K2, Alta and Left Bank, and Hubbard Place in River North.

You might also consider condos for rent in Fulton River District and West Loop buildings – they’re occasionally available at sharply lower rents than you’ll find in the rental buildings, in part because they don’t offer comparable amenities packages.

See YoChicago’s Guide to renting in Chicago’s Near West neighborhoods and our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments for additional options and tips.

Trio in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Trio Park appears complete
  • Fulton River District apartment hunt
  • Jenny McCarthy at Trio
  • Downtown condos may switch to apartments
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