North Union is a new mega-development on the Near North Side, from developer JDL and Hartshorne Plunkard architecture. The five phase development will take up roughly 8 acres of land that Moody Bible Institute land.
The $1.3B project will be constructed in five phases and is expected to include over 2600 rental units, lots of commercial space, and over 2.5 acres of public park space. The park will feature open lawn space, a dog park, and a playground area.
878 N Wells Street will be the first of three buildings in phase one of the North Union development. It will also be the largest, with 428 units and over 5000 square feet of ground level commercial space.
The next building in phase one will be 232 W Chestnut, a five story building with 35 units, followed by a four story building at 871 N Franklin. The units at 232 W Chestnut will be larger than the others and have balconies on corner units. The final step of phase one will be a portion of public green space.
The master plan has already been approved by the city department of planning and development with the final phase expected to break ground in 2027.
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If you’re looking for an incredible value on luxury apartments in Old Town, check out the Arthurs of Old Town. With modern, soft loft interior finishes, thoughtful layouts, and useful amenities in a prime location, this is a building you’ll want to be sure to check out if you’re looking for a great value on new luxury apartments!
Each apartment at the Arthurs of Old Town features a full sized in unit washer and dryer and premium finishes throughout. Kitchens come equipped with state of the art stainless steel appliances, European style cabinetry, quartz countertops, and ample storage and countertop space. Exposed concrete ceilings, tiled bathrooms, and wide plank flooring give these units character.
Residents will enjoy the convenience of having access to attached parking, keyless entry, an on site fitness center with yoga studio, a separate dog washing room, a private dog park, additional storage, package receiving, a 24/7 coffee bar, and work from home spaces.
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Lakeview is a Chicago neighborhood on the north side, just north of Lincoln Park, beloved for its neighborhood charm. In Lakeview you’ll find quiet, tree lined streets between lively streets like Broadway, Belmont, and Clark, which offer frequent street fairs and are completely lined with dining, comedy clubs, nightlife, quirky boutiques, and coffee shops. Since the majority of Lakeview properties are walk ups, low rises, and stand alone homes, it’s less common to find buildings with the caliber of amenities you might find in the neighborhoods closer to downtown. However, Optima Lakeview is a new luxury rental building offering downtown caliber amenities to the people who want to live in the charming Lakeview neighborhood.
The stunning residences at Optima Lakeview feature modern yet comfortable interior finishes, floor to ceiling windows, premium appliances including full sized washers and dryers, and thoughtful floor plans with ample storage and dedicated work from home spaces.
With terraces ranging up to 1606 square feet, these one, two, and three beds feature some of the largest private terraces available in residential buildings in the city. Additionally, select large terraces come fully equipped with landscaping, trees, fire pits, and grills.
The amenities are second to none. With a rooftop sky deck, elegant common spaces perfect for lounging or working from home, outdoor pool and hot tub, billiards and gaming room, an expansive dog run, a state of the art fitness center, full sized basketball and pickle ball courts, a golf simulator, yoga classes, a stunning, light filled atrium at the center of the building, and more, Optima Lakeview has it all. Resident services include package receiving, in-home package delivery, grocery and dry-cleaning delivery, housekeeping, pet care, room service style dinner through Pear Chef, social events, moving assistance, towel service in the locker rooms and fitness center, 24/7 maintenance, plant watering, on site massage therapy, 24/7 concierge for booking tickets and reservations, The activities continue beyond the walls of the building, with the lakefront trail, tennis courts, Waveland Park, Wrigley Field (home of the Cubs), and a nine hole golf course all within just a few blocks.
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Canada based developer, Onni Group, has made a mark on Chicago’s luxury rental market in recent years, namely with their three phase project, Old Town Park. Phases one and two promised to deliver top tier quality, condo-grade rentals, integrated appliances, excellent closet and storage space, and state of the art, resort inspired amenities, unlike any other inventory on the market. They did not disappoint. Therefore, it is no surprise that both towers leased up fairly quickly due to high demand. Fortunately, tower three’s delivery is just around the corner, and we can expect the same level of quality Onni has become known for, in addition to a few other exciting bells and whistles.
Old Town Park Phase 3 ranks as Chicago’s 20th tallest building. Floor plans are a composition of convertibles, 1 beds, 2 beds, 3 beds, penthouses, and townhomes. Old Town Park 3 will also be offering Onni’s signature “flex” layouts, which include an additional fully enclosed den in addition to the number of bedrooms in a unit. With the spike in people working from home, the flex layouts have only grown in popularity at Onni’s other properties, like towers 1 and 2 as well as The Hudson in River North.
Each tower has its own amenities. The amenities in Tower 3 will include an outdoor heated pool with a hot tub, loungers, and daybeds, an indoor spa, steam room, sauna, and oversized jacuzzi, fully landscaped outdoor spaces with fire pits, BBQ stations, and grills, indoor and outdoor multi-sport courts, and a bocce court. Tower 3 will also have its own state of the art fitness center, a yoga and spin studio, and complementary classes, as well as co-working space and a conference room. Additionally, other year round amenities for entertaining include a 2-lane bowling alley, arcade games like ping pong and skee gal, a private dining room and chef’s demonstration kitchen, and the 26h floor covered terrace complete with fireplaces and an outdoor bar.
Old Town Park Phase 3 is currently pre-leasing for June 21st move ins!
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Canada based developer, Onni Group, has quickly dominated the Chicago luxury rental market. Between the successful lease ups of The Hudson in River North, three phase project at Old Town Park, and this year’s delivery at 369 Grand, Onni Group has become known for having the features in their buildings that everyone wishes they thought of. For instance, condo grade finishes in all their rentals, one bed floor plans that include fully enclosed dens and second bathrooms, convertibles that have balconies, divisible common co-working space before it was cool, and hot tubs that are big enough for multiple people to enjoy comfortably at the same time.
Under the current proposal Halsted Point would bring five towers for a total of 2650 new apartments, hotel rooms, office space, retail, and even a grocery store, to a stretch of Halsted that has, until now, been primarily industrial.
Plans also include public amenity and green spaces along the river as well as between the towers.
This stretch of Halsted, known as Goose Island, is the connector between River West to the west, River North to the east, Old Town to the north, and West Loop to the south. Just a few minute walk to the heart of each neighborhood, but on a quiet strip, itself, residents who eventually live in these new units will have arguably, one of the most desirable residential locations in the city.
As it stands, Halsted Point will likely around 10 years to complete. Due to the size, scale, and lack of other development in the immediate area, Onni Group’s new development could effectively, create a new neighborhood. Although Halsted Point is yet to receive zoning approval, it seems to have the emphatic support of the area’s alderman. “When I was kid, growing up right over the bridge from, here we used to call this area ghost town,” said Alderman Burnett at a community meeting via Zoom. “Now this area is very vibrant. We’re allowing for some residential [development], some new infrastructure is getting built, and the riverwalk is getting enhanced. A lot of great things are happening.”
Halsted Point comes in a string of mega-developments that aim to make good use of the riverfront. Southbank, The 76, and Lincoln Yards are also massive scale projects along the river with similar compositions of residential units, commercial space, and public amenities.
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Developer, R2, recently proposed a new development that would bring office, entertainment, retail, and dining space, as well as over 500 feet of new riverfront space to the Morton Salt warehouse site. Upon approval for a zoning change from warehouse to commercial of what’s been dubbed the “Salt District”, R2 will also seek landmark status. R2 plans on keeping the famous “Morton Salt Umbrella Girl” sign, which is visible from the expressway.
R2 purchased the site at 1357 N. Elston in 2017, roughly two years after Morton closed down their factory after 86 years of use. The public sentiment seems to be overwhelmingly popular, with the project bringing hundreds of jobs and public green space to an area that has been out of use for several years.
The Morton Salt warehouse is located in a prime location along the north branch of the river in Lincoln Park. This 760 acre corridor of Lincoln Park and the Near North Side has been known for housing industrial sites, until the city changed its zoning to allow for (and encourage) other mixed use development in this “North Branch” corridor.
Among other office and public recreation developments underway in the area, Sterling Bay announced it’s plans for Lincoln Yards, a mega development bounded by the Kennedy Expressway to the west, Webster Ave to the north, Clybourn Ave to the east, and North Ave to the south. Plans for the massive Lincoln Yards development include public riverfront space, residential, office, retail, and hospitality space, bike paths, art installations, and other recreation space. This stretch of Lincoln Park has only grown in popularity with developers.
The video above is an overview of the neighboring Lincoln Yards mega development. See the gallery below for renderings of R2’s proposed Morton Salt redevelopment.
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JDL Development has proposed a multiphase mega-development with both commercial and residential properties, as well as public green space, near Old Town. The proposed Near North Side development, North Union, would span 8.1 acres and cover half of the current Moody Bible Institute’s Near North Side campus.
North Union would bring over 30,000 square feet of commercial space, 2680 rental apartments, and 1.3 acres of green space to Moody Bible Institute’s campus. JDL currently has a deal to buy the land and Moody Bible plans to continue to operate on the remaining 9.4 acres of their current Near North Side campus.
The proposed development would be situated between Wells Street and the CTA brown line tracks, bounded by Hill and Chestnut Streets as the northern and southern boundaries. Current plans include three high rises along Oak Street at 44, 47, and 55 stories respectively. Plans also include over 200 low rise units like town homes. Once approved, the development could take 7 to 10 years to complete.
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Developed by Vancouver based developer, Onni Group, the third phase of the Old Town Park development is open and available on Chicago’s near north side. At 41 stories, Old Town Park phase 3 is the tallest of the three towers so far. It includes 456 rental units, a sixth floor amenity deck, parking for 193 cars, and office space on the lower levels.
Old Town Park phase two made headlines in 2019 for its $45,000 per month penthouse, which set Chicago’s record for the highest price for a rental apartment.
Now, the outstanding finishes, interiors, and amenities at Old Town Park tower 3 are impressing viewers all over again. Phase 3 features an outdoor deck with a heated pool, a hot tub, loungers, daybeds, grassy areas, outdoor play spaces, fire pits, a bocce ball court and various kitchen spaces.
This is right in line with the thoughtful amenities at the first two phases of Old Town Park, which include large pools and hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, and massage rooms, indoor and outdoor rooftop basketball courts, spacious pet amenities, club grade fitness centers, a game room, a self playing piano, many lounge and entertainment spaces, and elegant co-working spaces. Custom closets, full sized washers and dryers, integrated kitchen appliances, sleek design, private balconies, condo-grade finishes, and large bathrooms and kitchens are also all hallmarks of other Onni buildings, including the first two towers of the Old Town Park development.
Opened early in summer of 2021, phase three not only has a lot to offer by way of luxury living, but it also provides an incredible location in Old Town. Living in Old Town Park’s phase three building puts residents right in the middle of this historic, friendly community known for block parties, art galleries and easy access to Lake Michigan. Enjoy being steps from Navy Pier and North Avenue Beach! When you’re looking for luxury apartments for rent in Old Town near Wells Street, explore our listings online to find the perfect place for you. Or, talk to one of our neighborhood experts, as they will be happy to answer your questions. Contact us today! We are now offering virtual, in-person, and self-guided apartment tours.
1325 N. Wells offers modern, luxury apartments in the heart of Old Town. If you’re looking for contemporary finishes, useful amenities, and a prime location, this could be the place for you!
Each luxury apartment comes with built in custom closets, an in unit washer and dryer, hard surface flooring, and a Nest thermostat for conveniently controlling your unit temperature, even when you’re not home. The spa like bathrooms feature rich Italian tile, great lighting, frameless mirrors, ample storage space, chrome faucets, and spacious, contemporary vanities.
With sleek finishes like the quartz countertops, tiled backsplashes, and stainless steel appliances, and thoughtful features, like undercount stainless steel sinks with garbage disposals and pull out spray faucets, and large kitchen islands, the gourmet kitchens at 1325 N. Wells are a dinner party host’s dream come true. The large living room windows and private balconies are perfect for taking in unobstructed views and natural light.
1325 N. Wells has both seasonal and year round amenities. Soak up the sun in the summer months at the rooftop lounge pool with views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan or entertain at the roof sun deck, complete with ample seating, an outdoor kitchen with gas grills, and a fire pit area. If you’re having company, you can also head to the multi-purpose roof lounge which opens to a private rooftop terrace and comes equipped with TVs, seating, and a wet bar.
Year round, enjoy the state of the art fitness center, indoor resident lounges (with WiFi access for working from home) and all of 1325 N. Wells’ resident conveniences, including valet dry cleaning, on site retail, a heated garage, and bicycle storage.
The apartments at 1325 North Wells are also pet friendly and close to plenty of parks, including Washington Square Park which typically hosts events like Doggie Yoga and “Yappy” Hours.
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Old Town Park phase II, also known as 202 West Hill Street, is one of the newest deliveries from developer, Onni Group. The new tower features 428 dwelling units, composed of convertible, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom plus den, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom apartments, town homes, and unparalleled penthouses, each with its own private hot tub and sprawling terrace. All residences also have access to the building’s resort style amenities.
Old Town Park phase II offers over 27,000 square feet of resort inspired indoor and outdoor amenities, including an oversized indoor hot tub, a steam room and sauna, an outdoor pool deck with loungers and daybeds, an expansive fitness center, yoga and spin bike studio complete with Peloton bikes, lockers, and towel service, semi-private outdoor kitchens and dining areas, an indoor basketball court, multiple lounge and work from home spaces, a chef’s kitchen and private dining space for entertaining, multiple outdoor spaces including an outdoor theatre, a family play room, a game room, wine tasting room, and even a self playing piano.
On all those freezing cold or rainy days, wouldn’t it be nice to have an easier way to take your dog out? Old Town Park II’s on-site dog run is enclosed and on the fifth floor, so you can let your furry friend have some room to run around. Wash your four legged family members off in the indoor pet spa when you’re ready to come in!
With Old Town Park phase II’s prime location off of Wells and Division, you’ll be steps to the lively heart of Old Town, chalk full of shops, dining, nightlife, and entertainment. The convenient location is also just two blocks from the flagship Jewel Osco grocery store and the CTA Red Line train.
Looking for places to grab breakfast in Old Town? Check out these Wells Street restaurants!
Kanela Breakfast Club– 1552 N. Wells St.
The name Kanela (which means “cinnamon” in Greek) is apropos for this restaurant, which serves up brunch favorites with a Greek twist. Everything on Kanela’s menu is made from scratch with local and organic ingredients wherever possible. Menu favorites include chia seed pudding, loukoumades (Greek donuts), red velvet French toast, the California Benedict (made with avocado mash and vegetarian bacon), and the impossible burger.
The Vig– 1527 N. Wells St.
Brunch by day; bar scene by night. The Vig keeps a full house in it’s prime Wells Street location around the clock. With a brunch menu that includes lobster and waffles, breakfast nachos, and ginger donut holes, a dinner menu with king crab bar, superfood salad, and cauliflower au gratin, a large dessert menu, full bar, and a late night menu that even includes a bone in ribeye and roasted eggplant Bahn mi, you can find pretty much anything you’re looking for at The Vig.
Nookies-1746 N. Wells St.
Nookies has been a neighborhood favorite for over 47 years and still has original items on the menu! (Where else can you order a phosphate?) Nookies doesn’t just serve breakfast and brunch. Their eclectic menu also includes dinner entrees like steak, pasta, salads, stir fry dishes, and innovative sandwiches like their salmon pita.
Hashbrowns Cafe-1155 N. Wells St.
In addition to being a beloved and cost friendly neighborhood place to meet for brunch or a coffee meeting, Hashbrowns Cafe is known for pioneering sweet potato hashbrowns. Menu items are named after Chicago neighborhoods and are made from all fresh ingredients. Stop by for breakfast or lunch favorites all day. Gluten free options are available.
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Located on the northern most part of Old Town on the cusp of Lincoln Park, Eugenie Terrace offers elegant apartments in a prime area. The Clark street location puts you in the epicenter of an abundance of dining, culture, green space, and local attractions. With the lakefront, the park, Second City, and Wells Street all within a few blocks, the only hard part of deciding what to do will be picking which to do first.
The resort style amenities are second to none. From the 3,000 square foot fitness center with on site classes, to the penthouse sky lounge and open air grilling deck, there are plenty of spaces to enjoy your home outside your apartment. You can even get to know your neighbors at one of many thoughtfully curated year round resident events.
Among other resort style amenities, Eugenie Terrace has the highest rooftop pool of any residential building in Chicago.
Take in the panoramic lake, park, and skyline views from the indoor or outdoor parts of the rooftop amenities or from the floor to ceiling bay windows in each residence. Apartments also feature large private balconies, modern kitchens with quartz slab countertops and islands, stainless appliances, large walk in custom closets, hardwood floors, great separation, and rain shower heads in the bathrooms.
Eugenie Terrace is a pet friendly building and even has an on site dog run. For added convenience, residents also have access to complimentary storage, complimentary coffee and espresso, a full service concierge staff, on site dry cleaning with wash and fold service, an indoor private parking garage with Zipcars, 44th floor co-working space and business center, and 24 hour maintenance and door staff.
These Old Town apartments are known for being especially spacious, with 1 beds over 900 square feet, a rare find downtown! Layouts range from studio to 3 bedroom apartments and also include 2 bed and 3 bed town homes with expansive, private wrap around terraces.
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Xavier offers apartments in Old Town that aren’t just modern in terms of design. The thoughtful, high tech, and sustainable features are state of the art and tremendously convenient! Xavier’s prime location on Division is a more mellow part of Old Town just south of the SoNo area of Lincoln Park. The 240 rentals are composed of studio, one bed, and two beds, with a broad selection of layouts.
Each apartment features sleek, modern finishes and appliances with soft loft accents. Quartz kitchen countertops and hardwood floors are accented by the blackened steel backsplashes and exposed concrete ceilings. Kitchens also feat integrated, cabinet faced appliances, which are Energy Star rated, a garbage disposal, gas range, Nest thermostats, a full sized washer and dryer in unit, and other materials sourced from local and recycled content. Water fixtures in each apartment are efficient, as are the LED lighting systems, and the finishes are sustainably sourced and non-toxic. Bedrooms come equipped with ample storage space and built in ELFA shelving systems. Select units also come with private terraces, an office nook or den, walk in closets, and 14 foot ceilings.
In addition to the sustainable finishes and consumption conscious appliances, the LEED Gold certified building took additional measures toward environmental wellness. All residents receive complimentary non-toxic cleaning supplies, a seasonal crop box program through their rooftop produce garden, and complimentary fitness classes at Fit Body Bootcamp, an on site retail partner.
Xavier offers state of the art amenities. In the warmer months, enjoy the outdoor terrace with a pool, cabanas, grilling stations, fire pits, corn hole, and lounge space. Entertain in the rooftop lounge, complete with a chef’s kitchen, edible herb gardens, an outdoor deck with a fireplace, and sprawling city views, or head to the game room, where you’ll find air hockey, football, arcade games, a large flat screen TV, and group seating. The modern fitness center houses cardio and weight equipment in addition to a Peloton bike and a yoga terrace. Work from home in one of the private conference rooms, the lobby with a co-working table and fireplace, or on the wifi in any of the amenity spaces. Xavier offers excellent pet amenities as well, with both indoor and outdoor dog runs as well as two dog wash stations.
For added convenience, Xavier offers bike parking and maintenance facilities, reserved car parking with 5 electric car charging stations, a Luxer package receiving system, 24/7 concierge, on site maintenance and management, and Pear Chef, a service that offers residents meals and cocktails prepared by an on site personal chef delivered via room service with no delivery fee.
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If you’re looking for a tranquil, homey loft to live in near Old Town but don’t want to compromise being close to all the action, Cobbler Square Lofts could be right for you. The front entrance of this boutique rental building is located right on Wells Street, surrounded by shops, restaurants, nightlife, boutique fitness studios, and more. In the warmer months, there’s even a weekly farmers market right outside the door! However, the apartments at Cobbler Square still have a private, quiet feel. Once you walk through the front entrance into the main building, you’ll go through a gorgeous courtyard to access the residences. It feels like you’ve just been transported to a small, charming village hidden in plain sight.
Each loft apartment is unique but all of them have spacious, open layouts. Most units have 12 to 18 foot ceilings, open kitchens with large, granite islands and countertops, gas stoves, central AC and gas forced heat with individual climate control, dishwashers, and generous closet space. Some units also have loft style accents such as exposed brick walls, wood beam ceilings, stainless steel appliance packages, a balcony or terrace, walk in closets, espresso cabinetry, dens, French door separation, double vanity sinks in bathrooms, sun rooms, tiled kitchen backsplashes, split level layouts, and wood plank flooring.
The amenities at Cobbler Square include a 24 hour fitness center, on site laundry, a sundeck with grilling stations, package receiving, business center and conference room with wifi, resident lounge with popcorn and a pool table, parking, dry cleaning service, concierge, on site 24-hour maintenance, on site salon, a landscaped spacious courtyard, recycling, and on site maintenance. Cobbler Square lofts also offers dog friendly apartments!
The Old Town neighborhood is beloved for its tree lined streets, lively Wells Street strip, and abundance of culture, including Victorian era architecture and Second City. The Scott Residences are located just off Wells on Scott Street, so you can enjoy being in close proximity to the hustle and bustle while also enjoying living on a quiet, tree lined residential court.
Each luxury apartment at The Scott Residences comes equipped with a full sized washer and dryer, plank flooring throughout each unit, 9 foot or higher ceilings, individually controlled heat and AC, and elegant interior lighting. Each kitchen features custom European inspired cabinetry, GE Artistry appliances, and granite countertops with a glass tile backsplash. You’ll also find ceramic tile flooring in the bathroom. Select apartments come with a balcony.
The Scott Residences is a full amenity building. Residents enjoy access to a billiards parlor, a private resident club lounge with chef inspired kitchen, a state of the art fitness center, and a professionally landscaped rooftop sun deck with grilling stations and a fire pit.
The Scott Residences also offer service based amenities including concierge staff, package receiving, a private ground floor dog run, storage lockers, private garage parking with bike storage, and valet dry cleaning service for added convenience. Perhaps the most convenient of all is the on site and nearby retail. On site retail includes Starbucks and Massage Envy. Plum Market grocer and Soulcycle are just across the street, as are a multitude of other dining and nightlife options, boutique fitness studios, salons, and green space.
1225 Old Town offers boutique style living on lively Wells Street in the heart of Old Town. With modern finishes, spacious layouts, luxurious amenities, and a convenient location, these apartments are in high demand.
The open floor plans at 1225 Old Town make these apartments great for entertaining. The 9 foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows in most apartments also add to the spacious, bright feel.
Each kitchen is outfitted with espresso finish cabinetry with nickel hardware, stainless steel Whirlpool and Energy Star appliances, pendant and track lighting, and quartz countertops and islands. Each apartment also comes equipped with an in unit washer and dryer, individual climate controls with no seasonal restrictions, wood style flooring, abundant closet and storage space, and ceramic tiled modern bathrooms. Most units also have spacious balconies.
1225 Old Town is a full amenity building with both indoor and outdoor spaces for residents. Residents enjoy access to an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, game room, indoor fire place, outdoor fire pit with grill stations, a demonstration kitchen, and 24 hour fitness center.
Work from home accommodations include a tech room, dedicated co-working spaces, a conference room, and wifi throughout the building. There are also plenty of conveniences from 24 hour concierge service, on site laundry and valet dry cleaning, package receiving, and a coffee lounge, to the outdoor dog run located on the second floor. Residents also love the convenient selection of on site retail. Soul Cycle, Plum Market grocery store, and Intelligentsia coffee shop are all connected to the building.
North and Vine apartments at 633 W North Ave are now leasing in Old Town. Developed by White Oak Realty and designed by Fitzgerald Associates, North and Vine features 261 rental apartments ranging from studios to 3 beds. This luxury apartment building offers resort style amenities, modern design, stunning views, and smart home technology.
North and Vine is a full amenity building including indoor, outdoor, service, and pet amenities.
Indoor amenities all include wifi and feature a health club with cardio and strength equipment, a yoga studio with Wellbeats fitness on demand, co-working space with a conference room, an acoustically engineered media library, and a resident lounge with a chef inspired kitchen space. Outdoor amenities include a resort style pool and sundeck, a spacious private terrace with fire pits, and grilling stations. Service based amenities include 24 hour package pick up, on site storage and bike room, valet dry cleaning, a residents perk program, controlled access parking with reserved spots, and a resident app. North and Vine offers pet friendly apartments as well as pet amenities, including a dog run and pet spa.
Apartment feature full size stackable washers and dryers, USB outlets in the kitchen and bedrooms, high ceilings, keyless entry systems, hardwood style flooring throughout the kitchen and living space, large windows to maximize natural light, spacious walk in closets and abundant storage space, and custom roller shades. Each kitchen comes equipped with GE Cafe Series stainless steel appliances, including a slide in gas range with convection, a built in microwave, an under counter wine cooler, a French door style refrigerator, and an under mount sink with disposal, as well as custom cabinetry with soft close drawers and under cabinet lighting. Kitchen finishes include quartz counter tops and tile backsplashes.
Each spa inspired bathroom features Moen designer finishes with ceramic and porcelain tiles, vanities, and 42″ full width back-lit mirrors.
Old Town Spice House has graced Wells Street for over 60 years. From Michelin starred chefs to people who only know how to make pasta, the Spice House is a neighborhood favorite. The Spice House was founded in 1957 by Bill and Ruth Penzey and over the years has scaled into a global brand. Because they have such a broad global network of suppliers, Spice House has built a reputation for having some of the highest quality products and widest selection. The Spice House is also a go-to resource on recipes and all things spice. Although the business has grown, Spice House has still retained its quaint character.
After a fire last July caused significant damage to the original structure, which was constructed in the 1800s, Spice House used it as an opportunity to blend modern renovations and repairs with elements of the original building, and even preserve some of the original features. For instance, the reclaimed wood rafters that were previously covered have now been painted and cleaned so they could be left exposed. The building’s original exposed brick has also been refurbished. They also uncovered two of the windows at the back of the store to add natural light. Gensler architects led the way on the renovations.
The historic charm, loyal neighborhood customer base, wafting spice aromas, and overall engaging experience of visiting the Spice House has kept the brick and mortar store competitive in an age of increasingly popular e-commerce. The brick and mortar store is also central to their wholesale business, which supplies to local restaurants, bakeries, and breweries in Chicago.
Whether you’re looking for a specific rare form of truffle oil or just looking for a unique place to stop in and “spice up” your weekend stroll, be sure to check out Old Town Spice House (and grab a sample of the delectable crystalized ginger while you’re in there)!
This week, Moody Bible Institute created a preliminary agreement to sell 10 acres in the Near North Side’s Old Town neighborhood to luxury high rise developer, JDL.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the land at 820 N. Lasalle will be developed into 2500 or more luxury apartments and condos between a half dozen high rises totaling up to 5.3 million square feet. The land for sale is mostly vacant with the exception of a few smaller structures. The soccer field west of Walter Payton College Prep is also included in the sale. The same stretch of Old Town has seen significant residential development in the past couple years and already has several projects in the works, namely, Onni Group’s Old Town Park phases I-III at Atrium Village.
When the land went up for sale in the summer of 2019, Moody Bible president, Mark Jobe, stated that the decision to sell the land was motivated by the desire to expand the impact of Moody Bible’s ministry. Moody Bible intends on staying in the southern portion of it’s Old Town campus, its home since 1886.
JDL has another large development in the works on the border of the Gold Coast and River North called One Chicago. One Chicago is slated to be a megadevelopment with rental apartments, condos, retail, a premiere lifestyle fitness center, and commercial space, including a large new Whole Foods. Additionally, JDL is the developer behind the Chicago luxury rental buildings 1000 S. Clark, 640 N. Wells, Two West Delaware, Halsted Flats, Eight Eleven Uptown, 1225 Old Town, and The Scott Residences, as well as Chicago luxury condo building, No 9 Walton.
In 2017, Vancouver-based developer, Onni Group, delivered phase I of Old Town Park, a 4-phase residential development in Old Town on Division and Wells. Upon completion of the project, the first tower will be the shortest of the four at 32 stories, with state-of-the-art amenities and a $45k per month penthouse that is completely unprecedented in the market with features that easily justify the top dollar price tag.
Onni’s very first Chicago development, The Hudson, was delivered the year prior. With lots of very high quality inventory coming on the market, Onni sets its apartments apart by creating a boutique condo-style environment for renters with high quality, condo-grade finishes, full sized top notch appliances, separate entryways, eat-in kitchens, custom closets, and a high amenity space to resident ratio. This approach proved popular with renters and The Hudson leased up very quickly despite the competitive, high supply market. Old Town Park phase I was no different, as the 405 rental units were absorbed quickly. Renters who prioritize quality of finishes and appliances as well as an overall atmosphere of elegance throughout the building appreciated the thoughtful design of phase I and there’s no reason to think phases II and III won’t be embraced with the same enthusiasm.
Old Town Park phase II is slated for delivery in early 2020 and will include a total of 428 rental units as well as commercial space on the lower level.
In the meantime, ground work recently began for phase III, which will be the tallest of the four towers upon completion. It will house 456 rental units in addition to a 6th floor amenity deck and office space.
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By Sophie Morrison
Whether you live downtown and have guests coming to visit, live in the Chicago suburbs and are looking for a downtown stay-cation, or are a visitor yourself, check out our “24 Hours In Each Neighborhood” posts. Here’s a great way to spend a day in Old Town!
The neighborhood was dubbed “Old Town” in the 1940s with an annual art fairs called “Old Town Holiday.” The name Old Town is still around today and the art fair is, too.
9:00 am Group Fitness Class
Whether you’re looking for a high intensity energy blast or a zen way to start the day, Wells Street in Old Town is a prime spot for boutique fitness studios. Check out CorePower, OrangeTheory, SoulCycle, Shred415, Kickboxing, or one of a number of smaller boutique studios, many of which offer introductory specials for first-timers!
10:00 am Real Good Juice Co
This juice bar serves up avocado toast, smoothies, bowls, juice, and other vegan snacks. The punny menu includes pop-culture inspired names like the “Punky Juice-ster”, “Juice Springsteen”, or the “RAMBOwl”.
11:00 am Spice House
The Spice House is a daily shopping stop for many of Chicago’s top chefs as well as for the Chicago Food Tour. Stroll through Spice House to get a whiff of the eclectic variety of spices or to soak up the charming ambiance. The store’s back garden is a charming hidden gem in the warmer months.
12:00 pm Small Cheval
The West Loop’s Au Cheval is home to the world famous Au Cheval Burger, but it comes with a long wait (usually to the tune of 2+ hours). At Small Cheval in Old Town, try the burger without the wait! The reclaimed wood, strands of lights, and neon cursive lettering make it a very instagramable spot.
2:00 pm Old Town Aquarium
Old Town Aquarium is a small storefront opened by Jim Walters and Ian Schakowsky in 1975. The two owners are environmentally conscious marine life enthusiasts and have spent years doing deep sea dives and research. Their knowledge is reflected in the eclectic selection of marine life on display. Stop by to see rare marine life.
4:00 pm Divvy Bike Ride
Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood is full of green space with plenty of access points to the lake front, making is a great area to see on a bike. Check out Divvy bikes using the Divvy app on your smartphone for 30 minute intervals and return them at any Divvy port around the city.
6:00 pm Orso’s
Orso’s is a family-owned Italian restaurant and one of the first to open in the original historic Old Town neighborhood. Orso’s has great specials every weeknight and live piano music on Fridays and Saturdays.
8:00 pm Live Show
Old Town has plenty of live entertainment. See a comedy show at Zanie’s, which has been one of Chicago’s most notable comedy clubs since 1985. Zanie’s also offers comedy classes and has played an instrumental role in the careers of comics including Jay Leno, Lewis Black, Emo Philips, Richard Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Frank Caliendo, Kathy Griffin, Larry Reeb, John Caponera, Hal Sparks, Bobby Slayton, and Roseanne Barr.
If you’re looking for live music, check out the Old Town School of Folk Music, which hosts live shows most evenings at 8pm as well as classes for all ages. Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, Arlo Guthrie, and Steve Goodman are all among notable musicians who used to perform at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Click here for a schedule of concerts.
10:00 pm Old Town Pour House
Stop by Old Town Pour House to try a selection of over 90 beers on tap and American fare. If you’re ever looking for things to do near Old Town on a weeknight, be sure to check the events calendar here for events like Friends-themed trivia night or football game viewing events.
May 14, 2018
Update on post from April 16, 2018:
Atrium Village: Phase 2
New construction alert! With the first of three towers nearly ready for move-in, the second phase of Atrium Village is already underway! With receiving the all clear to start construction, phase 2 is breaking ground! The second tower will rise 39-stories above the bustling Wells and Division Old Town intersection.
The captivating tower will house 428 residential units on top of a six-story podium, which will contain an indoor parking garage as well as ground level retail space.
The major Atrium Village re-vamp is well underway. Developed by Onni Group, the second tower is going to feature impeccable, state-of-the-art finishes and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by Chicago’s Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, this building will be sure stand out.
The Atrium Village overhaul will end up bringing a total of three brand new, luxurious towers to the Old Town neighborhood. The area will include top of the line amenities and a perfectly sculptured green space connecting all three towers for residents and guests alike to enjoy.
April 16, 2018
The wait is finally over! Old Town Park is now pre-leasing for their condo grade units in the highly sought after near North Side neighborhood. Located at the bustling Division and Wells intersection, the new Onni Group development has caught our attention!
As part of the massive Atrium Village redevelopment, Old Town Park is the first of four towers to rise from the ground. By the time it’s all completed, the area will also incorporate a great deal of retail space and a beautifully landscaped park for both residents and guests a like to enjoy.
Inside the modern, glassy tower residents can enjoy state-of-the-art, sleek apartment units. With a very thoughtful design, large floor-to-ceiling windows provide magnificent jaw-dropping views of the city skyline and lake.
7.5 inch wide-plank flooring flows throughout units. Kitchens feature European cabinetry, completely integrated Blomberg and Fulgor Milano appliances that offer unparalleled style and performance. Beautiful granite slab waterfall countertops boast luxury at it’s finest. Full-height backsplashes only add to the meticulously planned design.
The attention to luxury detail doesn’t end there – spa like bathrooms bring relaxation home to you every single day. Fully glass-encased showers accent the aesthetic of the building. Pristine caesarstone vanity countertops paired with 12” high backsplashes combined offer a fluid sense of high-end luxury from the moment you walk into your front door, down to the last detail.
Units also feature large balconies with skyline views.
Old Town Park will be a one-stop shop for residents, who can enjoy the full amenity building with everything from swimming, outdoor activities, indoor community rooms, and exercise needs. Enjoy the Chicago summers with the on-site heated pool, hot tub, lounge chairs and daybeds. A fully landscaped outdoor common area provides a calming contrast to the urban surrounding. Fire pits and outdoor kitchens with grills are perfect to entertain guests.
A rooftop sports court offers a perfect social setting for friends, family and even neighbors. Relax under the starts enjoying movies on the outdoor projector screen as well.
Inside, a sports lounge and private dining room completely equipped with a chef’s demonstration kitchen is ideal for bringing any party out of your home. Work out in the brand new fitness center with cardio, strength and free weight equipment. Complimentary classes are also brought to the fitness center as well! Rejuvenate after with a dry sauna, steam room or in the private treatment rooms!
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Settled in the 19th century, Old Town is one of Chicago’s most prominent, historic neighborhoods. Home to beautiful, Victorian era buildings; Old Town is a sure stand out district in the downtown area. St. Michaels Church, located in Old Town, was one of seven churches that survived the Great Chicago Fire.
Things to do in Old Town
Old Town hosts a variety of outstanding things to do in the north side of the city. Every June, the Old Town Art Fair over 250 artists put their stunning work on display in all mediums. The Art Fair is widely popular and loved by many. Live music performances, great food vendors, a garden walk are also highlights of this perfect summer event.
Old Town School of Folk Music is also a beloved spot to catch live music by local artists. Check out one of the most popular comedy clubs in the world, Second City, where many famous comedians got their start including Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert. With several shows to choose from sit back, relax and enjoy a night filled with laughter. Old Town is also home to the lakefront and North Avenue Beach. Aside from numerous activities, Old Town houses outstanding dining and nightlife as well.
Dining in Old Town
This bustling, trendy neighborhood is home to some of the best eats in the city. Check out Old Town Social for some of the best beer and cocktail lists in the neighborhood includes delicious food as well. If you’re craving a fancier break from the pub-style dives, stop into SteakBar, a beautiful multi-level restaurant with large windows that look onto bustling Wells Street. SteakBar offers a fantastic menu with a trendy, social atmosphere. Stop by Happy Camper for fantastic pizza and an eclectic ambiance. If you’re in the mood for sushi, Kamehachi is one of the city’s oldest sushi bars with rave reviews.
Nightlife in Old Town
The Old Town neighborhood hosts a number of great nightlife options. Between Division and Wells Street, there is a bar you’re sure to love. Some of the most highly rated includes Old Town Ale House, a historic dive bar with fun wall art and Benchmark, a lively sports bar with great bar snacks and a roof-deck. Be sure to check out the cool, underground bar and cocktail den Suite Lounge. For handcrafted cocktails and beautiful rooftop city and lake views, stop by The J. Parker.
Looking for luxury apartments for rent in Old Town? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!
New from Onni Group, Old Town Park will feature over 400 rental units in an outstanding area of the near North Side. Located on the intersection of Division and Wells, this Old Town location will deliver 7 stories of attached parking and ground level retail, making this a perfect one stop shop for all your dwelling desires. It will be the first of four towers in Onni’s Atrium Village development.
Old Town Park will celebrate a modern and sophisticated design in this highly sought after neighborhood. With a wide range of options, this development will have rentals from studio apartments all the way to larger three bedrooms, offering options for people with various spatial needs. In one of the most spectacular neighborhoods, Old Town Park will include high-end amenities, elegantly designed interior units and jaw dropping city skylines.
Currently, the project is in its preliminary phase of what will become the Atrium Village development. Ultimately the plan will incorporate over 47,000 square feet of retail space and a spacious park for residents and guests to enjoy. The other three towers will rise up to 44 stories and accolade nearly 1,500 urban dwelling units total.
These towers will provide everything a resident could desire in a community and home. Close to a wide array of restaurants, outdoor amenities, shopping, and nightlife, you’re in the heart of it all. With close proximity to the shoreline, residents are able to partake in all the spectacular seasonal attractions Chicago has to offer!
Old Town‘s Xavier Apartments sit at the intersection of Division and Larrabee, as well as at the intersection of sustainability, social responsibility, and luxury.
Old Town’s Xavier Apartments feature extensive amenities, including a lobby with a fire place, a co-working area with lounge seating and a conference room, and modern fitness facilities. The outdoor terrace and sun deck are complete with a pool, lounge area with cabanas, barbecue grill stations, and fire pits, making it the place to host all of your summer gatherings.
The entertainment doesn’t have to cool off when the Chicago weather does. The indoor rooftop lounge features a chef’s kitchen, private conference spaces, a fireplace, and a movie screening room. Step onto the terrace lounge for access to the kitchenette, game tables, and another fireplace.
For Old Town dog lovers, Xavier is the place to be. These luxury apartments offer both indoor and outdoor dog runs as well as two dog washing stations.
Xavier apartments are a sustainable and socially conscious addition to Old Town. The flooring is composed of 82% recycled content and many of the other materials are locally-sources. These apartments make an effort to stay efficient and operate with 24% higher efficiency than a typical code-compliant building, namely when it comes to water efficiency. The green rooftops and planters capture rainwater, which can be repurposed.
The building has a plethora of thoughtful features, but so do the apartments, themselves. The modern kitchens are accented with blackened steel backsplashes and the floor to ceiling windows offer expansive views of the city skyline as well as Lake Michigan. Hardwood floors are featured throughout, to which the exposed concrete ceilings add an industrial contrast.
Apartments are complete with non-toxic finishes, high-efficiency LED lighting, Energy Star appliances, and low-flow light fixtures.
Victorian-era architecture, brick alleyways, a warm and welcoming community, and a bustling creative arts culture — these are just some of the many wonderful things that have come to define Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. As a historic district, Old Town is a home to lots of famous buildings like St. Michael’s Church — one of only seven buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and still stands today. Exploring this neighborhood will teach you a thing or two about Chicago’s rich history, and how its current residents keep that history alive!
OLD TOWN: THEN
Before it was called “Old Town,” this neighborhood was known as “The Cabbage Patch.” Originally, it was a popular area for immigrant farmers in the 19th century to grow their crops — specifically cabbage ones, along with celery and potatoes. During the World War II era, the Chicago’s Civil Defense Agency marked off North, Clark, and Ogden avenues as a defense area. This triangular area, today, is known as the Old Town Triangle. It is managed and preserved by a non profit organization called the Old Town Triangle Association.
The actual “Old Town” name comes from the popular annual art fairs, or “The Old Town Holiday” fairs that were hosted in the years following the war. As time went on, Old Town also became a mecca for hippie culture and folk music, throughout the 1960s and 1970s. And still, to this day, folk music thrives in Old Town and is a huge part of its identity.
OLD TOWN: NOW
Today, the Old Town neighborhood is a charming and vibrant community that’s brimming with landmarks, events, and activities to enjoy! Located in the Near North Side community, Old Town is bordered by Armitage Avenue, Clark Street, Halsted Street, and Division Street. One place that stands out in particular is the famous Old Town School of Folk Music — a performing and teaching center that continues to create talented musicians and performers of all ages.
Along with the music scene, the neighborhood is also home to The Old Town Art Fair — one of the oldest summer art fairs in America. As far as nightlife goes, don’t let Old Town’s name fool you! There are plenty of bars, taverns, and concerts to check out. With everything to see, create, and explore here, Old Town could easily become your new place to call home!