New Name, New Look: Say Hello to The Sinclair

The Sinclair, courtesy of SCB

It says right there on the big sign in front of the door: “The Sinclair.” Courtesy of SCB.

A couple of days ago we reported that the Jewel-Osco at 1200 North Clark Street is closing on June 4th to make way for a new skyscraper.  The residential tower has been long anticipated by people in the neighborhood who came to know it as the “Jewel Tower” or the “Tower of Jewel.”  So we received a bit of feedback from people surprised to hear us refer to the 35-story building as The Sinclair.

The Sinclair, courtesy of SCB

The Sinclair, courtesy of SCB

Well, we’ve double-checked our sources, and the building is, indeed, going to be called The Sinclair when it starts rising in the hear of the Gold Coast later this year.

And as luck would have it, friends-of-the-blog SCB sent over some new renderings of the tower.  You can see the current version is only slightly different.  The top of the building is more refined with its bays of double balconies now covering three stories, instead of two.  And the columns are less visible at the amenities deck level.  There’s a lot of intersecting slabs of white concrete going on, very reminiscent of the International Style, defining both the podium and the main shaft of the tower.  And the glass on the podium has gotten some interesting vertical treatment.

SCB describes the building thusly:


Sited between Clark Street on the east, LaSalle Street on the west, and Division Street on the south, the project is adjacent to a major public transit station, the CTA red line Clark & Division stop. The tower will include 390 apartments, ranging from 500 SF studios to 1,695 SF three-bedroom units, as well as 2,000 – 2,400 SF three and four-bedroom penthouse units on the 35th floor. The building will feature a robust amenity program, including a 10,000 SF full floor of high-end amenity spaces, a large outside pool deck, grill terrace, and dog park. The podium of the complex will house a 55,000 SF flagship Jewel Osco grocery store and a 350 car parking garage for residents and retail customers. The project incorporates extensive streetscape improvement along Division Street and Clark Street to provide an inviting gateway to the neighborhood.


The Sinclair, courtesy of SCB

Location: 1200 North Clark Street, Gold Coast

Author: Editor

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