Construction worker-bees are painting, polishing, and burnishing the West Loop’s newest amenity-laden rental development. JeffJack Apartments, at 601 West Jackson Boulevard is in the home stretch preparing for an April 1 opening.
The name is memorable and a directional aid since it sits at the intersection of Jefferson and Jackson. It started as an internal shorthand name for the property. But even a marketing firm hired to come up with a brand couldn’t come up with anything better.
I got a sneak preview of the 15-story, 190-unit building this week, and it’s an impressive structure. The Thomas Roszak Architecture group got the most out of its available space. JeffJack is a couple of blocks from Union Station to the east and the Clinton Blue Line Station to the south. For residents who work in the Loop, public transportation may not even be a factor—you can walk from JeffJack to Franklin and Jackson in five minutes.
The location is ideal but where JeffJack really shines is inside. Thomas Roszak, principal, and Mike Moceri, project architect, sweated out the details. For example, JeffJack offers residents amenities like a dog run and outdoor eco-garden on the fourth floor. Moceri described it as a relaxation space, with the more active space up on the 15th floor. That area includes a yoga room, media center, business center, café, indoor pool, and outdoor deck with high-end gas grills.
Back down on the fourth floor, the units surrounding the green space have spacious private outdoor patios. The interior units on floors five through 14 also enjoy a bit of the outdoors with patios looking down over the garden. In a nod to both the exterior design and Chicago windswept prairie grass, the green space landscape will include sedum and prairie grass.
The grass theme is also evident in the lobby where visitors and residents see a wall design containing quotes including the word “grass” or “prairie.” Residents will find high-end condominium-grade finishes in the units. The living space is compact but open with a spacious feeling.
Already, JeffJack is 40% pre-leased (with 77 of the 190 units spoken for). Moceri said early reviews from prospective tenants have been great.
“It’s fantastic,” he said. “I try to hang out in the leasing office as much as possible to listen in, and it couldn’t be more positive. We have people moving from River North who want to come to a more boutique product. This is more intimate—you’re going to know your door staff.”
The Roszak team made an effort to give tenants a luxury-hotel type living experience. That extends to interior details. For example, up on the 14th floor, one glass wall separating the café and library has an interesting design pattern. Moceri explained the process to achieve the unique look.
“They actually dribble Elmers Glue on the glass and then sandblast it so anywhere the glue is it stays,” he said. “Super simple, but a pretty cool process.”