353 West Grand, 353 W Grand Ave, River North

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353 West Grand is a 32-story, 330-unit apartment tower proposed for the site currently occupied by Clark and Barlow Hardware in River North.

Vancouver-based Onni Group is the developer and Pappageorge Haymes Partners is the architecture firm.

The building will include 15,000 square feet of retail, 207 resident parking spaces and an additional 65 parking spaces for retail.

The apartments

Final details of the unit breakdown and finishes have not been released.

Based on the building proposal presented to the River North Resident Association in June 2015, 353 West Grand will offers studio, convertible, 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans. There will also be two penthouse units.

Units will feature 9-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies.

Views. 353 West Grand is in a largely low-rise area toward the west edge of River North. Due to its height, the building will have sweeping views in all directions.

Amenities, services, policies

Details of the final amenities package have not been released yet.

Based on the renderings of the property, 353 West Grand will have a landscaped fifth-floor amenity deck above the retail with a pool, cabanas, multiple seat areas, barbeques, fire pits and a dog run.

The location

353 West Grand is bordered by three busy streets carrying traffic to and from the feeder ramps for I-90/94 just north of the building.

Shopping. The nearest grocery store is Jewel Osco with two locations, Grand Ave and Desplaines Ave, half a mile from the building.

Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Mariano’s have outlets within a mile of 353 West Grand. There’s a CVS Pharmacy a short block south on Hubbard St.

There’s little retail development in the immediate area, but The Shops at North Bridge and the shops along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile are only a few minutes away and furniture showrooms are abundant near 353 West Grand. For the work-at-home crowd, there’s an Office Depot across the street from 353 West Grand.

The River North Gallery District has shrunk during the economic downturn in recent years but remains a vibrant art scene.

Dining, nightlife. There are a multitude of dining, bar and nightlife options within a short walk of 353 West Grand.

Gene & Georgetti’s, which bills itself as “Chicago’s oldest and one of its finest steakhouses” and has been known to attract celebrities, is two short blocks south east of 353 West Grand.

353 West Grand residents are more likely to frequent the popular bar and restaurant scene along Hubbard St, two blocks south of the building.

A few short blocks east, just around the corner from Hubbard, Clark St is becoming one of the densest restaurant venues in the city.

Parks, recreation. 353 West Grand lacks convenient access to public parks. There is a dog park near the property at the southwest corner of Ohio and Orleans.

353 West Grand has reasonable proximity to Chicago’s expanding Riverwalk.

Transportation. Public transportation is excellent. The CTA Brown and Purple lines stop a few blocks south at the Merchandise Mart. The nearest Red Line stop is a 10-minute walk east at Grand Ave.

The CTA’s #65 bus route provides frequent (although not always rapid) access to Streeterville and North Michigan Ave, and busses along Wells and LaSalle connect to Loop and Near North destinations. Taxis regularly cruise the area.

Access to the city’s expressway grid is excellent, via the nearby Ohio / Ontario off / on ramps to I-90/94.

The competition

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 at-a-glance list of River North apartments.

353 West Grand in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Multifamily construction not stopping anytime soon in Downtown Chicago
  • River North apartment project lands $74 million construction loan
  • Getting to Know… 353 West Grand
  • Neighbors Speak Out Against Proposed River North Tower
  • Canadian firm plans 2 River North apartment projects
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    353 West Grand

    Address 353 W Grand Ave
    City Chicago
    # of Units 330
    Parking On-site parking

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