The building was completed in 1988, and was operated until two years ago as furnished corporate suites. It has since transitioned to residential apartments and has been undergoing an extensive interior and exterior renovation.
west77′s unusual configuration rises in height on an east – west axis. The façade recesses from west to east on the north side and from east to west on the south.
Sheldon Baskin and Daniel Epstein were the developers of west77. Metz Train & Youngren was the architecture firm, and E.W. Corrigan Construction was the general contractor.
west77′s 384 apartments include 15 different studio, convertible, 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans. There are also several duplex and penthouse units. In mid-October 2013 studios started at $1,475, convertibles at $1,510, 1-bedrooms at $1,965 and 2-bedroom, 2-baths at $2,530.
Floor plans and a near real-time availability check are accessible online.
The all-electric apartments are being updated as leases expire with wood-look laminate flooring, and kitchens with new appliances and granite countertops. In-unit washer / dryers are available in 2-bedroom apartments only.
The studio and convertible floor plans all have balconies. Two of the six 1-bedroom plans and all four 2-bedroom plans lack balconies. Window sizes vary widely, as is evident from the exterior.
Views. Many of the higher-floor units have largely uninterrupted views of the skyline to the south and west.
Amenities, services, policies
west77 has completely revamped its amenities package within the past two years.
The lobby has been substantially expanded and now serves as a lounge, meeting and event space.
The rooftop amenities include an indoor swimming pool with doors that open seasonally to an adjacent terrace with planters, a fire pit, two gas grills and seating areas. A 24-hour fitness center has southern views of the skyline. There’s also a west-facing resident lounge with a catering kitchen.
Unreserved parking is an option in the attached garage.
west77 has on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff. Cats and dogs are welcome, subject to limits.
Walk Score gives the location gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” rating of 95 and a “Rider’s Paradise” transit score of 100. The transit score is difficult to understand, given that buildings with superior access to public transportation have received lower scores.
Loyola University’s Water Tower campus, home to its law, business, education and communications schools, is a few blocks north and east of the property. Northwestern and Lurie Children’s hospitals are a short walk further east.
west77 is on the cusp of the River North Gallery District, which has been shrinking in recent years but remains a scene worth visiting.
Dining, nightlife west77 residents are a few minutes’ walk away from a dense array of dining and nightlife options to the east and south in River North, and to the north in the Gold Coast.
Residents who look south in the evening won’t be able to avoid the bright lights and touristy atmosphere at the heart of River North.
Parks, recreation. There’s no other way to say it: west77 has poor proximity to public parks compared to its competitors.
Transportation. Public transportation is good. The CTA Red Line stop at Chicago Ave is a 6-minute walk northeast of west77. The Chicago Ave stop on the Brown and Purple Lines is an 8-minute walk northwest.
A variety of CTA bus routes traverse State St, LaSalle St and Chicago Ave within a few blocks of west77.
The location has easy access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid via the Ontario St / Ohio St on / off ramps.
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at sharply lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.
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