Disneyworld is purported to be the happiest place on earth, but for number two on the list I’d like to nominate the West Loop apartment building K2 (365 North Halsted Street). On its one-year anniversary April 10th, I spoke with several residents who said they loved living there.
Chelsey, a transplant from Baltimore, moved in shortly after K2 opened. She said her neighbors at K2 are very friendly and nearly everyone there moved to Chicago from somewhere else—hence, they’ve all bonded. Or, as much as you can bond with neighbors in a 496-unit building.
But what’s not to like? It’s dog-friendly. The gym is well-appointed and spotless. There’s a pool on the deck that will beckon the pasty-looking inhabitants after the winter-that-would-not-end. A chanteuse belted out jazz standards in the lobby.
And now, the simple matter of getting to the grocery store is even easier. The one-year anniversary celebration of K2 included a ribbon-cutting for a walkway. It’s not just any walkway. It connects K2’s deck directly to the Jewell-Osco (or “Jewelz” in Chicago-ese) at 370 North Des Plaines. The 105-foot walkway turns what was a 15-minute walk into a 15-second one.
“It also opens up this section of Halsted directly to downtown Chicago,” said Steve Fifield, president of Fifield Companies. “Now, there’s a straight shot to Des Plaines.”
What now looks like a fairly simple project—connecting the two properties—took nearly a year to complete, Fifield said. The anniversary celebration also marked several improvements to the 34-story property, including a new canopy at the main entrance, and enhancements to the pool deck. More upgrades are planned, with a total budget of $1 million.